Japan, Fiji confirmed to join Six Nations teams in Europe rugby tournament

Tanya Simon
July 30, 2020

When the Six Nations resumes after its postponement in March, Scotland will play Wales, Ireland will play France and England will play Italy in the final round on October 31.

So instead a new tournament will be created made up of the Six Nations teams plus two invited guests - expected to be Fiji and Japan.

The other outstanding tie - Ireland v Italy - will be played the week before.

The eight nation tournament in Europe will be divided into two pools of four teams.

After playing each other once, the teams would play-off against the corresponding-ranked side in the other pool.

Ireland will play Wales and Fiji in the Aviva in a one-off Eight Nations tournament in November.

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The eight team tournament is still to be confirmed in August will face the spaces that are normally reserved for the Autumn global series.

However, for the match against England, RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney has said he hopes up to 40,000 people will be permitted to attend the matches in Twickenham pending the UK Government's approval.

No decision has been taken yet on whether fans will be allowed into the Six Nations matches, but the RFU is hopeful supporters will be able to attend games in the new tournament.

Details are still to be settled however England are most likely to be in a four-team swimming pool along with Wales, Ireland and Fiji, while Scotland, France, Italy and Japan would comprise the other group.

It means Premiership clubs will be without their internationals for three weeks at the start of their new 2020-21 season, which they have announced will begin on November 20.

The tournament will take place over four consecutive weekends with the finals to take place on 5 December with the winners of each pool facing off for the title while the runners-up in each pool will play for third and fourth.

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