In such uncertain and unprecedented times, it seems trivial to be discussing the resumption of rugby. More important issues come before sport, yet the resurrection of the sporting calendar is matter of sink or swim for many clubs and organisations. … Continue reading Scrap the cup, review the cap, and protect the Lions: solving the 2020 rugby chasm
By Tom Home Being someone who has had the privilege of working closely with several Greene King IPA Championship clubs, it genuinely infuriates me to think that some of the league’s incredibly talented and passionate teams may not get the … Continue reading Gallagher Premiership: Why I am against ring-fencing
By Dave Swanton Since lockdown I have been as busy as possible, launching my website, writing a few chapters of my book (and having the content of one chapter legally checked!) and taken part in several Zoom meetings about sport … Continue reading Build it and they will come, or will they?
Apart from the 10,000 point deduction and a fine that would pay off the National debt, the rugby focus over the last month has not been the Six Nations; it’s the decision to cut funding to the Championship clubs. Effectively, … Continue reading Madness on Funding Cuts
Dave Swanton After the World Cup in Japan the announcement that Saracens had been punished for Salary Cap issues removed any short term memory of England’s efforts to lift the trophy and the fall out will, I am pretty sure, be there for a some time to come. In my 17 years at Sale Sharks there were always rumblings about certain clubs using ‘creative accountancy’ or quite simply ignoring the rules. The media in Rugby Union includes some very smart individuals who are not thick and they have an eye and an ear for a story. The players too added … Continue reading Who’s Next?