IRB keen on taking Six Nations matches to America

IRB chief exec Brett Gosper
IRB chief exec Brett Gosper
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Former Edinburgh Rugby second row Al Kellock is urging caution over a proposal to take RBS Six Nations Championship matches to the USA.

While adopting a “never-say-never” approach Kellock, who has gone on to captain Glasgow and Scotland with success, says of an idea floated at the weekend by IRB chief executive Brett Gosper: “Let’s not try and run and talk about Six Nations games over there until we’ve taken a few steps forward and talked about more exhibition and friendly matdches.”

Gosper’s comments came ahead of a match in Chicago which saw a US Eagles team containing Edinburgh winger Brett Thompson lose 6-74 to New Zealand.

rett Gosper said: “I know PRL [Premiership Rugby] are talking about bringing some big club games to the States and why not some internationals like the Six Nations?

“If that fits in with the Six Nations’ vision of their tournament that would be certainly interesting from a developmental point of view in the United States.

“It is up to the Six Nations as to where they want to play but again I think that would be a terrific thing for the game.”

Kellock, who led the Barbarians against Australia on Saturday: “The game is changing; it’s becoming more commercial which is a good thing. It’s getting more viewers in from all over the world.

“The history and tradition of playhing Six Nations matches at the Mllennium Stadium or Murrayfield, to give just two examples, is also very strong./

“So whatever happens I’m lucky enough not to have to make those decisions.

“But we have to remember the history and tradition of our game.”

• Scotland’s rugby league team will play in the 2016 Four Nations Championship alongside England, Australia and New Zealand after clinching the European title when Ireland failed to beat Wales by a 40 point margin yesterday.