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Re: Championship clubs in shock over RFU’s decision to slash funding by 50%
Posted by: Rinkadink
Date: 12/02/2020 14:16
PRL should take over the running of the Championship. The RFU have never had a clue about how to run it. Reducing its size to make it all-professional with no actual provision for full professionalism, not finding a sponsor for years (and then when the finally managed it reducing the funding by the amount of the sponsorship), virtually no media presence, no website etc. Actually the website was probably down to the Championship itself which seems to have almost as little idea as the RFU beyond complaining about PRL and sticking with play-offs for promotion because it suited them but getting rid of relegation ones because it didn't. Oh and asking the RFU for money rather than, as professional clubs, generating more themselves. For me the final straw was the farce about keeping Leedshire going when it clearly has no proper business plan or, at one point, any players. That's the RFU again.
The French can manage a properly professional D2 under the same control as the T14 so we ought to be able to do something similar.

Bring the 'professional' teams under one umbrella. Formalise the links between clubs (and avoid the nonsense where Hartpury can stay up largely because they became a hybrid Gloucester/Bristol A Team). Spread the parachute payment around the Championship and earmark it for infrastructure or development (level out that stupid pitch at Bedford for a start). Sort out some form of equitable funding across both divisions. And do something sensible with the academies so that they aren't linked solely to one club and the players they produce can be properly developed in the Championship by getting a chance to do that thing on a rugby pitch, what's it called, oh yes, playing.

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