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@91, Qualifying for European competition and relegation means every club has something to play for, making it a more marketable product. Top teams are playing for the Championship, middle teams play for Heineken Cup, everyone else plays to fight relegation. The result is constant competition which is good for the brand. People go, big TV rights are sold, investors invest. It makes sense this way
@89It depends on your point of view. If its about European rugby, there needs to be a mechanism to have all the countries represented (as currently). If its about best teams in Europe then some countries won't get a look in.If the problem is qualifying, the English have the power in their own hands to remove relegation from the Premiership, and reduce their number of teams by forming regions
@Last KingOr the English & French are going to kill European Rugby by allowing teams who can find the most money to dominate, like the Premier League .I agree it needs changing, but there's two sides to every story. At the present, the evidence seems to be that all the best players are going to France. Unless the finacial playing field is levelled, I fear a French dominance of the new cup.
Looks like the French and English teams are going to set up their own cup. 20 teams seems a better prospect than 24. Open to any who want to come in. All sounding good.Shame the Rabo teams have decided to stubbornly stick to their guns, kill the golden goose and remain insistent on their cozy 'qualification' set up.
Hi Jez,After your prediction that Sale would go down, do you need to adjust your prediction after last Friday?
@84 yeah fitting in at 8 for a time was OK but it wasn't good enough to run for 4 of the 5 games that was expected of him. It also took him out of his best position. Should't have happened and lead to an unbalanced back row.
@84"If Gatland was ever going to consider a back row player who dons the white"Let it go fella - the series was won...
Has Varndall been sited for his tip tackle near the end of the opening match?
King 80,No problem with Wood being played at 8 in short term. however it did cost him his Lions place (If Gatland was ever going to consider a back row player who dons the white).For me he is England's best player and should be Captain, a far better player than Robshaw and no disrespect to him.
Hi Jez,If you were a supporter of a Welsh region, would you be satisfied with watching your side struggle in the Pro-12 or HC, taking solace that the National side is being strengthened by the early exposure of young talent and the best players playing in the English/French leagues.
has dan cole got away with a bite?if caught he is banned for weeks maybe months. not good for RFU. the citing office is a part of RFU. lo and behold no biting. how many players get bans which finish just before big matches. beggars belief
Interesting comments from the Scrum V boys about the need to rest and protect the Welsh Lions players. Including the worry about the ever growing number of internationals now based 'overseas'.The thing being that an international player will never get the same 'protection' playing for a 'foreign' club as they will for a home based region. Would a play for/play in system be workable?
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