If the opening two rounds of this year’s Six Nations is anything to go by, then the World Cup in France could be a momentous tournament for the kings of the north.
Southern Hemisphere powerhouses New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have dominated the history of the sport’s most prestigious event.
These three fierce rivals have eight World Cup crowns between them, while England stand alone as the only champions from the north.
But that could be about to change. Ahead of this year’s World Cup, there’s genuine belief and hype surrounding the likes of Ireland and France.
Ireland are the world’s No. 1 ranked team, and France won the Grand Slam in last year’s Six Nations – which is arguably the best tournament in Test rugby aside from the World Cup.
SENZ Breakfast host Tony Kemp believes the Six Nations makes The Rugby Championship look like a “second-rate” competition.
“I got thinking about it while I was watching the game and you’ve got Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa playing in the Rugby Championship and the Six Nations, I think on the bac of the European competition, is leading us down the drain,” Kemp told SENZ Breakfast.
“We think we’re playing and preparing down here with our Super Rugby and Championship to get ready to play on this World Cup (but) I think we’re well behind the eight ball.”