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Re: Time for the RFU to get a grip on Elite Rugby?
Posted by: NickL
Date: 19/01/2020 21:03
While the RFU's organisational abilities have sometimes left a bit to be desired, not least when they were asleep at the wheel while the game went professional, they can't be any worse than PRL can they?

Without excusing anything Saracens have done, the salary cap manager has clearly been incompetent if it has been going on for three years, and it's amazing that they haven't been relieved of their role. There's a worrying sense of PRL making up the rules as they go along in response to media coverage. All the secrecy and non-disclosure agreements just make it worse. Let's have the full report and see just how deep the rot has gone so it can be cut out and doesn't happen again at any club. A group of club chairmen running the top level of the English game lacks sufficient independence and impartiality - I'm not going to argue Saracens wouldn't deserve it, but the temptation for other club owners to eliminate an irritating rival permanently by scrapping relegation and ringfencing the league with them outside it must be great.

Rugby is not football - the relative importance of the club and international games is very different. The conflict between the interests of the England team and the clubs when it comes to limits on playing time and the length of the season doesn't seem to be getting any better. After "ruining" the European Cup in the opinion of many in the Celtic nations, now PRL are putting Lions tours at risk by stretching the season further into the summer. Maybe it's time they were stopped.

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