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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