Eddie Jones has called for promotion and relegation in the Six Nations to be looked at “very closely” after England’s resounding win over Italy at Twickenham.
The hosts scored eight tries – including two apiece for Manu Tuilagi and Brad Shields – to run out 57-14 winners against opponents who have now lost their last 21 outings in the competition.
Speaking during an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek show on Sunday, England head coach Jones suggested organisers should consider changing the structure of the tournament to make sure the best nations are competing in it every year.
The Australian’s comments come after World Rugby proposed promotion and relegation be introduced to the Six Nations and Rugby Championship as part of a new global tournament.
“I think they should always consider rewarding merit, doesn’t matter what competition they are in,” he said.
“The organisers talk about the Six Nations being the best rugby competition in the world, and it probably is close to it, but to improve it you’ve got to find a way to make sure the six best teams in Europe are always playing in it.
“If that involves relegation and promotion, it’s something that should be looked at very closely.”
England’s victory over the Azzurri sees them remain in with a chance of being crowned Six Nations champions.
They must beat Scotland in the final round of fixtures and hope Ireland do them a favour earlier on the same day, as last year’s champions travel to face a Wales side who know a win in Cardiff will complete a Grand Slam.
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