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I believe there should be two global comps - a European based "6 Nations" and a Pacific based comp. In each comp there would be a top tier with promotion and relegation to lower tier comps. Technically South Africa (and other African teams) would be better aligned to the European based competition due to the timezone differences and less travel for players and supporters. In order to make this work, there would need to be provisions in place to ensure that countries in the second tier receive a fair share of the commercial income generated. Relegation and promotion would ensure closer ties between the top tier and second tier competitions and on occasion the relegation of a traditional tier 1 nation into the second tier would help raise the profile of the second tier competition. Thus the world is split into The Americas, Australasia and East Asia in one column and Europe, Africa and West Asia in the other, with all Nations aligned to one or the other and promotion/relegation all the way through.