Japan could be on the brink of an offer to join the Six Nations European rugby tournament, according to an English news report.
Mail Online have reported that Japan could "receive a shock invitation" after successfully hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
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The report - by Daily Mail sports columnist Martin Samuel - claimed the idea had "been floated in private after it emerged that the Rugby Championship — the Southern Hemisphere equivalent — were dithering about including the fast-emerging Japanese and were proposing a delay of four or five years before sanctioning their involvement."
While no formal talks had been held, the Daily Mail said World Rugby were aware " key figures within the Six Nations organisation have expressed an interest in creating a tournament that stretches 6000 miles to the Far East".