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Fearless Fred

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Re: Selling new season will be no cakewalk
« on: Monday 29-Oct-2018, 09:40* »
I think you're right, Cookie, that we have too many competitions below the International level in the NH. Down South, they have the International (Rugby Championship), the regional (Super Rugby), and the national (Mitre 10, Currie Cup, etc). We (at least in England) have the International (6N), the regional (EPCR) the National (GPRem, T14, Pro14), the second National (Premiership Cup), and the developmental (A-League). That's too many games for the squad sizes that most clubs have. It's no wonder we see sides fielding lots of guests for the A-League.

Also, the SH has made a good decision (in my view at least) of how they structure the games. They separate out the competitions and (apart from tours by NH tours). All the Super Rugby is played before they move on to the Championship & National comps. Yes, they break for the NH sides touring, but in effect they play each competition separately, meaning teams can focus on each in turn, rather than having to jump from one to another as we do.

It's radical, but I'd drop the Prem Cup completely. Have the European competition run from September through to a final in December (breaking for the AIs). Domestic competition to then run from December (you can have a series of Big Games around the country as a curtain raiser).  Run that through to the end of May, continuing to play through the 6N, and finish mid June. Yes, that means that Premiership teams will be without their Internationals for the 6Ns, but that's already the case the way things are & why we have the knockout stages at the end of the season.
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