Sinners and Bedford tie up.
Posted by: harlequinade (IP Logged)
Date: 26 June, 2020 08:49

Looks quite sensible to me...
Bedford Blues say they have been "given a lifeline" after Northampton Saints announced a strategic partnership with the Championship club.
The deal will see the clubs cooperate on a number of fronts, including the sharing of players and coaches.

The partnership also allows for joint training sessions.

Access to Northampton's playing and coaching resources will ease the strain on the Blues' wage bill, while Saints say their younger coaches and players will benefit from exposure to the cut and thrust of the Championship.
"This long-term partnership will help safeguard our Championship status and allow us to build for the seasons ahead," Irvine continued.

"The decision was influenced by the challenging financial situation we face, not least as a result of the cuts announced by the RFU earlier this year and the uncertainty about future funding."

Northampton chief executive Mark Darbon said the relationship is for the "long term" and "could evolve further over time".

"The new partnership will be mutually beneficial, aiming to bring greater benefits to players and coaching staff at both clubs, as well as helping both organisations financially," Darbon said.

Bedford Blues director of rugby Mike Rayer added: "Given the current circumstances and longer-term picture, the partnership with Saints is a no-brainer.

I expect others will follow suit.

Us maybe?
If so who with?

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Re: Sinners and Bedford tie up.
Posted by: Fat Boy (IP Logged)
Date: 26 June, 2020 09:30

If us, maybe Nottingham? I'm pretty sure we used to have good links with Bedford, I can recall a few good players getting a few games there - but my impression is that there are closer ties to Nottingham now anyway. I do think it's got potential.

Re: Sinners and Bedford tie up.
Posted by: Ayerzawannabe (IP Logged)
Date: 26 June, 2020 09:37

Cole, Varndell, Twelvetrees are went to Bedford.

In terms of last season
Championship: Ampthill, Nottingham
Nat 1: Moseley
Nat League 1: Students, Lions, Hinckley

All had loanees.

We also seem to have a good relationship with coventry mainly using there development players to help with the A league.

Re: Sinners and Bedford tie up.
Posted by: tigersimon (IP Logged)
Date: 26 June, 2020 10:39

Coventry obviously have the Allen & Deacon links and would stop the pests (doubt they have any money to support a Championship side anyway!)
Always had good relationships with Nottingham including training together previously.
The disadvantage for the Championship club is that it is probably ruling out promotion for a time but hopefully ensures their survival.
Canít really see Bedford, Cov or Nottingham being promoted with Ealing, Jersey and SalaryCheats in the championship.

Re: Sinners and Bedford tie up.
Posted by: Captain Darling (IP Logged)
Date: 26 June, 2020 10:57

Coventry link is presumably through Deacs and Allen these days.

Both have really good reputations as young coaches. I wouldn't be surprised if both are snapped up by Premiership set-ups in the near future.

Re: Sinners and Bedford tie up.
Posted by: Stopsy (IP Logged)
Date: 26 June, 2020 11:33

Bedford were close with Saracens in recent seasons

Re: Sinners and Bedford tie up.
Posted by: Brownian Motion (IP Logged)
Date: 26 June, 2020 11:36

If anyone mentions this to the BoD, suggest Cambridge for me? Ta.

Re: Sinners and Bedford tie up.
Posted by: Yorkie (IP Logged)
Date: 26 June, 2020 14:33

We were close with Bedford when Andy Key was involved there iirc.

Re: Sinners and Bedford tie up.
Posted by: SK 88 (IP Logged)
Date: 26 June, 2020 17:47

Bedford have had similar tie ups to Saints, Saracens and looser one with us before.

I think a looser relationship with Cov, Notts and Doncaster would suit us and most importantly our players better.

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