Georgia ask for Six Nations chance

Date published: October 2 2015

Georgia coach Milton Haig repeated his calls for the Lelos to be added to the Six Nations after they battled hard against New Zealand.

A largely second string Georgian team caused the All Blacks plenty of problems, and despite a 43-10 loss, held their own for large periods.

A win against Namibia in their final pool game will likely see Georgia finish third in their pool and qualify automatically for the next World Cup.

And having dominated the European Nations Cup in recent seasons, Haig wants Georgia to be given a shot against the best in Europe.

"It's certainly something that publically I've been speaking about at every opportunity I get," he said after the game. 

"Something like that for our development is crucial for us. In the long run if we're to develop in a competitive national side consistently, it's the type of competition we need to be in. 

"You can see by Argentina's progress and their inclusion in the Rugby Championship, how far their team has come along.

"Again we'd love that opportunity. We understand that it's a very difficult decision for the six partners to make but I think it would grow the game globally. 

"It would certainly open up another big market in Eastern Europe. Maybe that's something they should consider."