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Re: Doncaster v London Welsh Preview
Posted by: DanFW3
Date: 04/11/2011 19:42
It is a little silly for the RFU to have a requirement of a minimum of 8 EQP per match for Championship (and - ? - other divisions) when no England selector (or Welsh, for that matter) picks from the Championship for full internationals, and not without cause, and the reality is that Premiership clubs nurturing future full international players have only rarely recruited them from the Championship. Correct me if I am wrong, there may be exceptions to the general rule but in general terms am I right?
I know the theory is to develop the lower divisions (and the Premiership) as breeding grounds of future full international players, but does it work or have the potential for working? England, setting aside the recent little difficulties, seems to have a decent enough collection of players as things stand currently.
It also may not work evenly. A non-EQP player may work for Donny, Pirates, Otley, Henley or Newbury, to mention a few current or recent Championship clubs, but my instinct is that generally non-EQPs are more likely to look to the metropolitan clubs. A club looking to boost its survival or promotion chances that is based in London already faces problems with affording attractive player salaries and finding them homes, and for that reason may find non-EQP attractive (as, though this may not be true, perhaps being willing to accept less outlandish salaries). Since I have no idea what player salaries are, this may be utter tosh.
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