This means that in 2025, South Africa will be free to join the Six Nations.
The move was originally due to take place in 2024 after the next World Cup, but it has been reported that the move will take a further 12 months to come to fruition.
The proposed move may result in one current competing nation to be removed from the Six Nations. This country is likely to be often strugglers Italy.
Since they joined the tournament in 2000, the Italians have finished in sixth place 16 times out of 21. Not only that, however, they have won just 12 games… losing 97.
It truly does make for grim reading, and it should come as no surprise that they are being replaced, should it eventually happen.
CVC purchased a one-seventh stake in the Six Nations in 2021 for an investment of ‘up to £365 million’. It is understood that they are extremely keen on the world champions joining the annual competition.
The private equity firm believe that there will be significant commercial gains by South Africa being included in the tournament.
When the investment was announced in March of last year, the CVC announced that steps will be taken to ‘ensure continued development for the benefit of fans, and to attract a new more diverse and global fan base.’
There are many figures involved in the European rugby game that view South Africa joining the Six Nations negatively, but it would make sense for commercial gains to be prioritised after the financial state of the game following the financial losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.