RFU to introduce Draft System?

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Interesting news. Edward Griffiths surely has a fine claim to the title of greatest soutie in the history of ruggers:
A plan to ring-fence the English Premiership and create a draft system of young players is being considered by the Rugby Football Union.

Former Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths has proposed a complete rebranding of the Championship.

The second-tier would be split into two conferences - one for the north and one for the south.

BBC Sport understands the RFU and Griffiths have had a "constructive meeting", with discussions continuing.

The 76-page document focuses on developing talented young English players, with the establishment of a new pathway for players through regional academies and an unprecedented draft system - similar to the NFL and NBA blueprint in the USA.

There would also be a four-year pause on promotion and relegation to and from the top flight, while the Championship would be independently governed in order to avoid "a sludge of self-interest and compromise" which affects other leagues.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/53608795
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A regional system, eh?
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Would the Premiership be a 13 team league?
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Almost certainly 14 teams.
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No no club academies, just regional?
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eldanielfire wrote:Almost certainly 14 teams.
Who would be the 14th team? I hope it will be Nottingham
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Any union in the Norwich area?
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mdaclarke wrote:
eldanielfire wrote:Almost certainly 14 teams.
Who would be the 14th team? I hope it will be Nottingham
Unlikely. The current 12, Newcastle and in the past I'd say Leeds/Yorkshire in terms of geography. But while Ealing have the best performance case, geographically they are in a useless place in west London when virtually every London team in the top 2 or 3 divisions is in West London.
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Sounds like a bid to make northern rugby players cheaper for the rich london clubs to poach.
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Gavin Duffy wrote:Any union in the Norwich area?
I geographically East Anglia would be a good place as the nearest club is Northampton
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Gavin Duffy wrote:Any union in the Norwich area?
Norfolk RFU. and Eastern counties RFU or do you mean clubs?
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