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Re: Vunipola can't hack it at the top
Posted by: Squawker2
Date: 21/09/2017 09:41
For a salary cap increase to really help (aside from associated negatives), you'd really have to attach it to "and if you access this additional funding, squad size must be at least x"

Hopefully with some good writing to avoid just paying 5 guys the minimum and having some free cash to then spend.

I don't think it's even in-season week on week that's the biggest issue. It's number of games played without rest time year-on-year. We frequently see players ending their careers on medical advice these days, and too many DoRs are poor at thinking that far out, so self-interest arguments (on behalf of the coaches) don't hold up.

Would rather not see the season so truncated, though the 11 month initiative must be prevented as a first step. A big break is needed alongside in-season rest. Whether the approach is "fewer games" or "more players" is tricky, both bringing similar and different issues.

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