£154 million deal with BT Sport for premiership for four years and English matches for three years.
What about Scotland, Ireland, and Italy snubbed?
Outrageous - usual selective policy by the big Five. It's a conspiracy you know. The Australians were just left out to keep the minnow nations quiet. Next year, it'll be New Zealand's turn.
Rant, rant, rant……..
The oh-so-typical NH bashing article to appear on The Roar after the November Internationals. You could set your watch by it, year in, year out. I presume David Lord and Spiro Zavos must toss a coin to see who gets to write it.
Comparing 3 Nations vs 6 Nations in a North South contest aint much fun.
There are other SH nations that feature during the year - Samoa, Argentina, Tonga and Fiji come to mind.
Why not compare the results of the SH 7 vs the NH 6?
Or why include Italy in the Have nots, but put Argentina in the Never Wills?
The records of the other teams make for just as interesting reading, if you can bother to come down from your ivory tower.
Samoa have played Italy four times and won 3.
Samoa played Ireland 6 times and won 1
Samoa have played Wales 9 times and won 4
Argentina played Ireland 13 times and won 5
Argentina played Wales 15 times and won 5
Tonga have played Scotland 3 times and won 1
Argentina have played Italy 19 times and won 13
Argentina have played France 47 times and won 12
It is incredibly smug articles such as these that perpetuate the dismissal and isolation of some of the lower ranked teams.
Maybe SANZAR should look at how it might develop teams in the countries around them instead of taking pot-shots at the Six Nations all the time.
Maybe SANZAR might decide to change its name since they're meant to be including Argentina in their annual 4 Nations, or do they find their record too embarrassing?
No one in the NH game doubts the regular superiority of NZ, SA and Aus and you'd be hard pushed to find a group of people claiming otherwise. It is a constant myth that is rolled out whenever a NH/SH match up is on the cards. Any game involving the top 3 sides would normally have those 3 sides starting as favourites - and very few dispute that - wherever they live.
Whether it's June Internationals or November Internationals, the SANZAR sides come more prepared, and with more belief, that they can win.
I do, however, find both tour windows are not the ideal times of the year to have test matches that pit optimum prepared sides against each other - the RWC is really the only time this happens.
June has both sides coming into test matches with little preparation time coming out of their club seasons - a break from Super Rugby or the end of the NH season, League finals and H Cup finals.
November has the 4N sides already up and running from their championship straight into facing test sides of players that have been playing club rugby the previous weekend.
The RWC is the only comp that carves out sufficient time for test sides to prepare and do battle and despite the seedings allowing for the top 3 teams to go with form and finish up contesting the finals, six of the seven finals have featured teams from both hemispheres.
And yep - the SANZAR have resounding wins on the board in those.