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McGeechan: "Excuses are pointless"
Edinburgh
October 25, 1999

Ian McGeechan, who has taken over today as Scotland coach, has said that the home nations should not try and make excuses to explain their poor World Cup form. McGeechan believes the north - south divide in world rugby can be closed, but only if all in the Northern Hemisphere are prepared to work together.
"We should be looking at creating a Northern Hemisphere Plc and setting up a competition involving the top five or six European nations. We have to look outside our own boundaries and create a level of competition that will allow us to move forward."
"People might say we can never compete because we don't have the same pool of players but that is just an excuse," he said.
"The more we can get the countries working together and engage in talks at different levels, the more advantageous it will be. We are just as passionate about our rugby as anyone from New Zealand, South
Africa or Australia but we have to try and strengthen our competition."

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