I think it just adds another layer of development.
The A-league games I've been to have been very good standard, testament to the large squad sizes these days so that anyone that doesn't get into the first team will more than likely have a run out there. This makes it a good place for academy players close to breaking through to the senior side, but entry-level academy players might find it more difficult.
Playing at the lower level of the Wild Geese would give some of the younger/less polished players competitive games but at a lower level, thus providing a first step towards A-league/Championship dual-registration as they grow/improve.
Brian clearly thinks London Welsh will win their appeal so scuppering the dual registration with them.
Any close involvement with the amataur club is to be applauded.
Whilst the AASE - Academy - Professional route is proven at London Irish Smith is right to recognise there are less conventional routes to the top flight. Tom Johnson used to play for Reading. He now plays for Exeter Chiefs and tomorrow will be starting at blidside flanker for England.
Last year we used East Grinstead - sending Pritchard, Clarke and Sisi out there. I imagine we will use the Amateur club, who I believe are in a higher league than East Grinstead, in the same sort of way, while retaining a relationship with either Welsh or Scottish.
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