Rugby unions of South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina continue to discuss options for a joint tournament in 2021.
So far, the parties agree on one thing – to return to the traveling two-circle format, but with some amendments. According to Rapport, Springbox convinced the All Blacks to host both Rugby Championship matches in South Africa. In particular, Durban and Johannesburg are ready to host the matches.
Argentina, in turn, did not make concessions to the Gazelles, hoping to play three meetings at home and three away.
At the same time, a fallback option was not excluded. If the epidemiological situation does not stabilize, the teams may again gather in one country.
Levan Maisashvili on the draw for the 2023 World Cup
As it turned out, in case of victory in the Rugby Europe Championship 2021/2022, the Georgian national team will be in the same group with Wales, Australia, Fiji and the winner of the qualifying stage.
If Uruguay gets a ticket to France through the qualifying round, which is very likely, Lelos will be in the same company as last year in Japan.
“Based on our low seeding, we did not expect an easy group. Logically, we should get into group C, and we will have to play against virtually the same teams that we met in Japan. However, I would not say that any other group would be easier. Much will depend on the form in which the teams will approach the World Cup. Wales and Australia are creating practically new teams, and no one knows what kind of team the Fiji national team will be in 2023, “Levan Maisashvili said.
According to the head coach of the Georgian national team, how Georgia itself approaches 2023 will be crucial:
“At this stage, it is very difficult to assess our chances in any way. We do not know how the future will turn out – we will play with the best more often, or as before – once or twice a year we will meet with the national teams of the first level ”.