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In Topic: Why isn't there at least one Elite One Championship side in the middle 8?

24 July 2014 - 01:09 PM

To be honest, I think that if the French do want a spot in the middle eight, then they should align their season with SL.

All their teams are in Southern France where it's very hot during the summer.

In Topic: Why isn't there at least one Elite One Championship side in the middle 8?

24 July 2014 - 01:08 PM

The French season is September to May so should the club in the middle 8 call off their first couple of months games in the French league and then if they don't finish in the top 4 of the middle 8 play twice a week for a couple of months to catch up?


They could delay the start of their championship a bit.

In Topic: Bizarre RU like try scored by NZ Warriors against the Eels.

17 July 2014 - 07:30 AM

The RU scrum is part of the play

In Topic: Bizarre RU like try scored by NZ Warriors against the Eels.

16 July 2014 - 10:36 PM

15 minutes to set a scrum? Wut?

I'm not sure what exactly he is referring to, but it must have been a long series of reset scrums rather than one single scrum.

In Topic: What's up in Wales RU?

15 July 2014 - 10:09 PM


Interesting to see that you've completely bought the club spin.  Here's the list of what money the WRU have spent in the last few years on clubs, not regions.  The regions received £6.7m per year in total (£1.675m per region), this goes up to £8.7m for this season (£2.175m per region).  Not exactly giving the regions or the clubs nothing.  The four regions have received substantially more money in the last 5 years from the WRU than the rest of the clubs in Wales put together.  Look at that link at the end pages of all the development officers the WRU fund, that doesn't even scratch the surface of what else the WRU fund including the entire referee food chain and so on.

Does that money include the money from the ERC/Pro12, which the WRU insists on passing through their accounts before reaching the regions?



On the stadium loans, surely you get that the WRU are looking at the long game in contrast with the regions who only care about the next season and damn the future.  Just think of the future in Welsh union if they have a fully paid-off stadium, no debt to service and every penny coming going straight back into the game rather than the profits of a bank.  But it seems like some would happily sacrifice the future to get an extra bean or two in the coffers now.


The club demands are sheer greed and their rubbishing of the WRU is laughable at anything other than the most superficial review.  Welsh rugby union can afford more but at the cost of the future, if the club owners want to put more money in themselves then they should do so and stop whining at the WRU to give money the sport cannot responsibly afford..

The WRU are sacrificing the present in the name of the future. The problem with that is the future will be influenced by the current situation. Let all the best players head to France/England and the Welsh regions are going to be perennial also rans and damage the little fan interest they have right now. How are the regions' demands greed? Do you reckon these people that have pumped millions out of their pockets to keep them afloat are demanding the extra money to keep for themselves? NO, they are asking for it because they can't compete financially with the English/French/Irish clubs and they're losing a lot of players to transfers abroad. Surely it is in WRU's interest too to keep their best players "at home" and have them for extra training sessions, giving them extra resting days, etc...



EDIT: man, doing anything on this board, including stuff like splitting a quote into multiple smaller quotes is a massive pain in the 455 :(