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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Five Nations in Doubt

LONDON -- The English Rugby Football Union on Tuesday denied a claim by British Lions manager Frank Cotton that England and France were considering pulling out of the Five Nations championship.

Cotton claimed in the Daily Mail newspaper that the two countries were discussing the possibility of setting up an alternative tournament along with Southern Hemisphere nations Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Cotton said "unofficial meetings are taking place along these lines'' and he promised to fight "tooth and nail'' to block the moves, which he maintained were backed by top officials of the RFU.