First there were four nations. Then France joined the party. It was the Five Nations until the end of the twentieth century. Italy arrived in 2000.
Last night's game in Cardiff reignited calls for a 'Seven Nations' tournament. Georgia, who've already beaten Tonga and, eight years ago, gave Ireland fans a heart attack in Bordeaux, made life awkward for New Zealand, going down by a respectable 33 points.
Their coach Milton Haig was asked about the possibility of joining an enlarged 'Seven Nations' tournament.
It’s certainly something that I’ve been speaking publicly about every opportunity I get.
Something like that is absolutely crucial for our development, because in the long run if we are consistently a competitive national side, that’s the kind of competition we need to be in.
The match witnessed a lovely moment as Georgian back row Mamuka Gorgodze, nicknamed Gorgodzilla during his time at Montpellier, was awarded Man of the Match. He refused to stay coolly detached about receiving such an award.
He can't believe it! Mamuka Gorgodze realises he's man of the match, & possibly the most popular man in the stadium! https://t.co/ti7BlOvsBf
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