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A European Based Tier Two XV To Rattle The Northern Hemisphere

South Africa v Japan - Group B: Rugby World Cup 2015

Many of the tier two nations have started to close the gap on their established rivals.

Although the 2015 World Cup has not proved to be the watershed moment many envisaged for tier two nations, the likes of Georgia are continuing to put forward their case for international advancement.

While they are unlikely to gain entry into the Six Nations any time soon, if Georgia can continue progressing, their case might prove irresistible during the next decade.

Similar progress is occurring in the United States. Increasing participation and interest in America has not only led to the development of a professional league, but the potential for franchises to be included in Super Rugby and the Pro12.

However, until World Rugby can provide these nations with direct pathway into rugby’s top tier, the likes of Georgia and the USA will continue to bounce off the glass ceiling that has kept Fiji becoming one of the sport’s leading sides.

Although there are issues surrounding internal politics and corruption in Fijian rugby, World Rugby has done little to slow the wave the players leaving for Europe, or try and prevent Australia and New Zealand from capping Pacific Islanders.

This has created a situation in which a significant number of All Blacks and Wallabies have little or no connection with their adopted country.

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[tie_slide]1. Mikheil Nariashvili (Georgia and Montpellier)

 

Japan v Georgia - International Match

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[tie_slide]2. Motu Matu’u ( Samoa and Gloucester) 

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[tie_slide]3. Census Johnston (Samoa and Toulouse)

Wales v Samoa - International Match

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[tie_slide]4. Leone Nakarawa (Fiji and Racing 92)

HSBC Paris Sevens - Day 3

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[tie_slide] 5. Konstantin Mikautadze (Georgia and Montpellier)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Konstantin Mikautadze of the Barbarians poses for a portrait during the Barbarians squad photocall at Grosvenor House on May 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Barbarians)

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[tie_slide]6. Mamuka Gorgodze (Georgia and Toulon)

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Georgia captain Mamuka Gorgodze is tackled by the Tonga defence during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Tonga and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

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[tie_slide]7. Jack Lam (Samoa and Bristol)

Samoa v Japan - Group B: Rugby World Cup 2015

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[tie_slide]8. Samu Manoa (USA and Toulon)

USA v New Zealand

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[tie_slide]9. Nikola Matawalu (Fiji and Bath)

Australia v Fiji - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015

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[tie_slide]10. AJ MacGinty (USA and Sale Sharks)

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[tie_slide]11. Nemani Nadolo (Fiji and Montpellier)

Wales v Fiji - International Match

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[tie_slide]12. Johnny Leota (Samoa and Sale Sharks)

Barbarians v Samoa

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[tie_slide]13. George Pisi (Samoa and Northampton Saints)

South Africa v Samoa - Group B: Rugby World Cup 2015

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[tie_slide]14. Josua Tuisova (Fiji and Toulon)

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[tie_slide]15. Ayuma Goromaru (Japan and Toulon)

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Ayumu Goromaru of Japan lines up a penalty during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Japan at the Brighton Community Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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