"You do not desire this sort of video game weekly, however southerly hemisphere instructors absolutely appreciate the Six Nations". So why would you want to add other teams that are going to decrease the level of competition?
New All Blacks coach Ian Foster has stressed how vital it is to keep the Springboks in the Rugby Championship after reports surfaced over the weekend the world champions were set to join an extended Six Nations competition.
The unsourced report had few details and did not take account of the fact South Africa had signed a new broadcast contract to stay in SANZAAR until 2025, something New Zealand Rugby (NZR) Chief Executive Mark Robinson confirmed on Sunday.
" I can just chat from experience". There's something regarding the Six Nations - as a result of the background of the partnerships in between the nations, it makes it much more superior.
Soundings from within unions in both the northern and southern hemispheres suggest that Test rugby is facing perhaps its most seminal moment since the game turned professional in 1995.
"And as recently as this week we were on calls talking about the future of our competitions at Super [Rugby] level and global level". As soon as it had gone to 14 and 15, it had lost its allure.
The tournament started off as a championship between the "home nations" of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, before France was added to the competition.
Ireland captain Jonny Sexton, in his role as president of the International Rugby Players' Council, past year led the chorus of disapproval from the sport's leading players for the Nations Championship and Hopley is confident the united front delivered in the face of that threat to player welfare would be triggered by any change to the Six Nations that increases the demands on those taking part.
The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry congratulates Siya Kolisi of the Springboks after the Rugby World Cup final.
"From the very first Six Nations I did to now, I assume we have actually seen a basic increase in the top quality of the groups".
It is said that "negotiations have been going on behind the scenes for some time and there is now a sense of inevitability" that they will make the move to the northern hemisphere tournament in 2024.
Already, two South African club teams - the Cheetahs and Southern Kings - play in the Pro14.