England coach Jones warns against Six Nations expansion

EDINBURGH (AFP) – England coach Eddie Jones has said experience of southern hemisphere rugby makes him wary of expanding the Six Nations Championship to include South Africa.

Tournament organisers have played down reports the world champions could join an expanded Six Nations in 2024.

“It (the Six Nations) is called the greatest rugby tournament in the world and I think it is,” said Jones.

“So why would you want to add other teams that are going to decrease the level of competition.

“I can only talk from experience. Super Rugby was the golden egg of rugby – brilliant, 12 teams, competitive. As soon as it had gone to 14 and 15, it had lost its allure.

“You want the best teams playing against each other. There’s something about the Six Nations – because of the history of the relationships between the nations, it makes it more outstanding.”

England, beaten by South Africa in last year’s World Cup final, revived their Six Nations title hopes with a 13-6 win over Scotland at a storm-tossed Murrayfield on Saturday.

“Someone was giving me a history lesson on Scotland and the number of different things that have happened in the rivalry with England,” added Jones.