Ring Fencing
Posted by: 1spy (IP Logged)
Date: 06 December, 2018 13:50

Article in Guardian Sport Online by Robert Kitson.Nigel Melville RFU defends relegation and promotion.He said he would like to see the Pirates in the Premier League and mentions the Stadium4Cornwall. Worth a read.

Re: Ring Fencing
Posted by: cheshire exile (IP Logged)
Date: 06 December, 2018 16:56

Robert Kitson is a big fan of the Pirates. Nigel Melville’s comments are very welcome but he’s only in an interim role.
Bath chief exec ( Tarquin Somebody believe it or not) was quizzed about relegation on Radio 4 this morning. Quite a bit of waffle but he made clear his view that the gulf in playing standards between the Premiership and Championship is growing.

Re: Ring Fencing
Posted by: *Stalwart (IP Logged)
Date: 07 December, 2018 09:24

I don't think the gap is that huge. The only reason the Prem is stronger is because of the vast difference in budgets between the Prem and Champ. If Ealing, Jersey, Bedford or us were to play some of the teams at the bottom end of the Prem we'd give them a good test. If a club got promoted they would strengthen their squad, so the gap would reduce further. Ring fencing would be a complete disaster. With the ridiculous parachute payment the advantage the relegated team have is crazy, but Irish are still getting some scares, and have lost to Jersey. I wouldn't be surprised if we turn them over when they come to The Mennaye.
If the RFU want to grow the game they should invest in the Championship, which is a great product, and make it stronger; not cut it off and effectively kill it.



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Re: Ring Fencing
Posted by: wigston pirate (IP Logged)
Date: 07 December, 2018 18:53

Well said Stalwart the RU need to invest in the Championship due to the fact a number of internationals have come through this. Younger players need a chance to get noticed and bring the game to a bigger audience.

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