After watching his side grind out their first win of the Six Nations in terrible conditions on Saturday aginst Scotland, England Head coach has now had his say on the rumours suggesting World Champions South Africa will be added to the tournament as soon as 2023.
“It's called the greatest rugby tournament in the world and I think it is,” Jones insisted.
“So why would you want to add other teams that are going to decrease the level of competition?”
While a further suggestion as seen the number of teams increase to 8 with Fiji another possible addition and reportedly looking to play their so-called home games in France.
Its been twenty years since the Tournament was re named the Six Nations with the addition of Italy, joining the likes of England, Ireland , Scotland, Wales and France in the long standing competition and since then there is only Italy and Scotland that haven’t won at least one of the titles as England and Wales have dominated during that time frame.
“You want the best teams playing against each other,” Jones added. “There's something about the Six Nations – because of the history of the relationships between the nations, it makes it more outstanding.
“Someone was giving me a history lesson on Scotland and the number of different things that have happened in the rivalry with England. So there's a lot of meaning to a lot of people for a game like this.
“The competition is much harder contested than the World Cup. It's become a lot more physical and it's only going to get more so. You don't want this type of game every week, but southern hemisphere coaches certainly admire the Six Nations.”
Jones than attempted to use what as happened in the Southern hemisphere and the changes made to Super rugby over the past decade and their decesion to increase the format from 12 to 17 although its now more settled at 15 current clubs involved.
“I can only talk from experience. Super Rugby was the golden egg of rugby – brilliant, 12 teams, competitive. As soon as it had gone to 14 and 15, it had lost its allure.”