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Re: Club Statement: Cillian Willis
Posted by: ageinghoody
Date: 09/01/2019 11:26
Could the RFU not employ the doctors and take the money from the funding given for England players so that the clubs don't loose money but then don't have to pay the doctors at all. Does this move the paymaster further away? ...

I like that idea at first reading!

Even with an "independent agent" arrangement, if it's directly with the club, there's still the potential for financial pressure to be inferred.

On the case itself, and given the persistent rumblings around the economics of Premiership rugby, I do wonder if the decision to pursue the doctors themselves was a pragmatic one.

The medics' professional insurance may have looked a more reliable source of recompense than a club, and insurers are usually ready to negotiate a settlement, even while disputing liability/blame.

Do we know with whom the club "successfully argued"? Presumably not in court, unless there was a preliminary hearing.

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