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That's the most sensible thing I've read about rugby in a mighty long time.
I would also add to all of that - talent spotting at the district and county age group levels is appalling; there is quite clearly a lot of bias towards particular clubs and schools, and size is everything. I have seen quite frankly gormless idiots playing for district sides who presumably qualify simply because they are giants. I would like to see the increased development headcount identified in the paper used as least partially as talent spotters for these representative sides - I think there is a lot of junior talent out there that is getting ignored ...
To expand on moving games from HQ here's an option. Whenever England have three home 6N games one should be away from HQ, as should one autumn international. Better than inventing international games which don't mean much.
As regards sustainability. How many top UK clubs get an average crowd of 12,000 a game? Not many and that must be an issue for all clubs, not just those in the North.
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