Local press in Georgia’s are reporting that their best young players will have the opportunity to face 6 Nations teams regularly at age-grade level starting next year.
Agenda.ge reports that “organisers of the prestigious tournament [the 6 Nations] have invited the Junior Lelos for a new competition”.
It is thought that Romania will have the same opportunity and comes after the national governing body in Georgia tweeted this earlier in the week: BREAKING | #Georgia & #Romania U20 to participate in #6Nations + 2 @rugby_europe tournament from May 2018 #JuniorLelos #rugbyisourgame
According to Agenda.ge, Georgian Rugby Union President Gocha Svanidze received the offer from 6 Nations Council Chairman Pat Whelan following the World Rugby under-20 Championship hosted in two Georgian cities in May and June.
— Georgian Rugby Union (@GeorgianRugby) July 11, 2017
The report continues: “The letter outlined a new initiative for a tournament involving either under-19 or under-20 teams from the 6 Nations Championship, which involves England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy. They will be joined by aspiring rugby nations Georgia and Romania in the proposed tournament.
“The new tournament is expected to take place annually in the month of May and is scheduled to run ahead of the World Rugby under-20 Championship.
“Svanidze and this year’s World Rugby under-20 Championship Director Bacho Khurtsidze told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday the move was a result of the successful hosting of the tournament in Georgia.
“Georgian rugby officials will be involved in meetings with organisers from 6 Nations to work on further details on structure and specific dates of the tournament.”
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