The future of Rugby Union in Yorkshire
Posted by: Faithful_City (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2020 07:53

I would suspect the future is not good at all.

Yorkshire Post

It is hard to see whether there is anyone left at Carnegie able to offer such support, or even if there is a desire to.

After last year’s financial mess, which saw their entire squad leave, left them in a CVA and needing to resurrect as a part-time operation, they failed to win a single game all season.

Played 20, lost 20. And most of them by a considerable margin.

Their slide from those halcyon days as Leeds Tykes taking on the might of Leicester Tigers, Wasps and Gloucester in the Premiership, Toulouse in the Heineken Cup and slaying Bath at Twickenham, to this sorry state has been well-documented but does not get any easier to stomach.

Director of rugby Phil Davies, who led them in their peak, returned in January to try and reignite the club. He insists he will stay on at Carnegie and they will revert back to the name of Leeds to try and foster some of that previous spirit and support, but it seems too little too late.

They will move out of Headingley and look to start up elsewhere but a concern for many of the Carnegie hierarchy has always been that if they slipped as far as they now have, would there be any appetite for a revival?

They have some loyal, ardent fans but not the history and close-knit feel of more traditional clubs such as Rotherham and Doncaster Knights; with no RFU funding in National One, will they just disappear?

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