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Premiership Shield
Charlestown Pirate (IP Logged)
11 September, 2018 16:45
Not sure if anyone has seen this suggestion before... It's definitely the first time I've heard of it, basically the premiership are discussing the idea of making a league between the premiership and the championship with the a league teams plus one from the championship and one from the premiership. Full link below


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*Stalwart (IP Logged)
11 September, 2018 17:04
Pretty miserable crumbs for The Championship.

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piratepilot (IP Logged)
11 September, 2018 18:26
Still don't see how this benefits the championship.

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Pirate15 (IP Logged)
11 September, 2018 18:54
Ring fencing by another form as the premiership trys to protect its own interests by creating another level between them and any aspiring championship club. Even if a championship side managed to get into the 2nd tier there would be nothing stopping the premiership sides playing their 1st choice XV in any crucial league matches. The RFU really need to get a grip and realise that they are in danger of losing what very little control over the PRL that they have and it will be the game in the long term that will suffer.

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cornishbob (IP Logged)
11 September, 2018 19:33
Agree P15, another crafty way of ensuring ring fencing. The RFU need to get to grips with the Premiership. Either that or get rid of the Premiership altogether, cut them adrift and let them get on with it. That of course will never happen - money talks and greed abounds.

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serge (IP Logged)
12 September, 2018 03:57
It helps the Premiership as

1 it provides more income from 12-14 more home games, even if they are reserve games. away supporter spend is minimal despite what is thought in online forums.
2 it gives clubs looking to be promoted a more realistic sense of what is required to be a prem club.
3 it provides more game time in a meaningful and visible arena for younger players
4 realistically, as Exeters pre season visit to Pirates showed, the prem reserve teams are about the same level as decent championship sides. If the Champ sides cant beat prem reserve teams, how are they going to survive in the prem

A credible solution would be for the 12 prem reserve teams to go in with 4 5 6 ambitious Champ sides. You could include all 12 and maybe some Div 1 teams and have 2 conferences . The Anglo Welsh cup during internationals would be removed, with the prem shield being played those weekends. There are 32 weeks in the season, so a 32 game league would allow games every weekend, rest for elite players during international windows with revenue offset from that loss by this league. Also, that rest, and more visibility for younger players is good for England. Its one of Premier Rugbys more sensible ideas in my opinion

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1spy (IP Logged)
12 September, 2018 07:25
Good article Guardian online Rugby Sportsblog.Promotion /Relegation Cornish Pirates and Ealing clubs discussed.Great news that the S4C has raised the Clubs profile.

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Rich. (IP Logged)
12 September, 2018 09:17
Hmmm be very easy for Prem sides to play a stronger A team if circumstances required ("Quick Pirates looking like they might finish top, and as we are bottom of the Prem let's drop some of our top players to the A team ........")

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TryBlues (IP Logged)
12 September, 2018 21:27
A teams are constantly borrowing players to fulfil fixtures already.

I heard that Wasps bought a lot of Championship players last year with the purpose to strengthen their A team with no realistic prospect of them getting 1st team action.

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