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Eddie Jones suggests Six Nations should consider relegation

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England head coach, Eddie Jones, has suggested there should be relegation introduced into the Six Nations after Italy fell to a 21st successive competition defeat.

England dominated the game and comfortably beat Italy 57-14, scoring a massive eight tries in the process.

The Azzurri have now not won a game since 2015 and sit 14th in the current world rankings whilst Georgia, who have been making a strong case to be included in the Six Nations, are ranked 12th.

Speaking to BBC Radio Live's Sportsweek programme Jones said, "I think they should always consider rewarding merit, it doesn't matter what competition you're in," per the Daily Mail.

"The organisers talk about the Six Nations being the best rugby competition in the world and it probably is close to it, but to improve it you've got to find a way of making sure you've got the six best teams in Europe always playing in it.

"If that involves relegation then it's something that should be looked at very closely."

Georgia spent last week training with England engaging in live scrummaging sessions to help Eddie Jones' team prepare for the rest of their Six Nations campaign.

Jones thinks training with the Eastern Europeans and a number of social events helped England bounce back following a miserable defeat against Wales.

England v Italy - Guinness Six Nations

"We had a couple of hard training runs against Georgia, a few nights on the beer. Just relaxing, enjoying each other's company," Jones said.

"And a bit of fun organised by the players in between the hard training. It's just finding that right balance.

England v Italy - Guinness Six Nations

"We went punting in Oxford last week. We did a tour of some of the university buildings - I don't know how much the players enjoyed that part! It was a good education for them and a bit of fun."

England will now face Scotland in their final game of the campaign at Twickenham on Saturday, knowing they can still win the tournament should other results go their way.

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