Fresh report reveals the Eight Nations teams
SPOTLIGHT: Fresh reports out of Europe suggest that the Springboks will not be included in the Eight Nations tournament.
The tournament, with the teams divided into two pools, is set to start in November following the conclusion of this season’s delayed Six Nations.
According to the French publication AFP, France will face Fiji, Italy and Scotland during November’s ‘Eight Nations’ tournament.
While Georgia has been invited to feature to replace Japan and will face England, Wales and Ireland.
Initially, there were speculations that South African could replace Japan – after they pulled out because of Covid-19 travel restrictions.
However, in August, SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos told Newshub there is “no substance” to the story.
And it seems like the rumours can finally be laid to rest following the latest report by AFP, which reveals the teams set to participate in the tournament.
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AFP stated that Les Bleus will finish their Six Nations campaign by hosting Ireland on October 31 ahead of the competition.
Fabien Galthie’s side will host the Pacific Islanders on November 15, travel to Edinburgh a week later and welcome the Azzurri seven days afterwards.
Galthie’s men will face Wales in a warm-up on October 24 before the new tournament which ends on the weekend of December 5-6 with play-offs to decide the final standings.