Coventry RFC 2019/20 season

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    Championship clubs in shock over RFU’s decision to slash funding by 50%



    Championship clubs in shock over RFU’s decision to slash funding by 50%

    • RFU accused of giving Premiership ‘ring-fencing on a plate’
    • Swingeing cuts of more than £3m come into force next season


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    Championship clubs currently receive around £550,000 in funding though halving that could lead to a return to the amateur game ‘in two to three years’. Photograph: George Wood/Getty Images
    The Rugby Football Union is to cut its funding of the Championship by 50%, throwing England’s second tier into turmoil and handing “ring-fencing to the Premiership on a plate”.

    It is understood the RFU’s swingeing cuts of more than £3m will come into force next season, leaving a number of Championship clubs in a state of shock and uncertain of their futures. One club owner described the move as “showing contempt” for the Championship, suggesting the league could be reduced to amateur status in “two or three years”.

    The move has been described as Premiership ring-fencing “by default”, with Saracens set to be relegated into a league beset by financial strife next season. “The RFU has handed ring-fencing to the Premiership on a plate and they’ve paid nothing for it,” added a Championship source. “They’ve just given it away.”

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    The 12 clubs were informed of the measures at a committee meeting on Tuesday. They receive around £550,000 in funding but halving that at such short notice will be “catastrophic”, according to one source, with another suggesting it could leave 200 players without clubs.

    Premiership Rugby Limited, which contributes to Championship funding, has been seeking to pull up the drawbridge but failed in its attempts to implement an end to relegation for the start of this season. The tier-two clubs will now have to operate on significantly lower budgets and, with a host of players on long-term contracts, some clubs face considerable upheaval to stay afloat let alone push for promotion.

    “It’s the RFU saying it doesn’t want the Championship,” the Nottingham chairman, Alistair Bow, said. “The Premiership has had a lot of influence over all the decisions regarding the Championship, certainly for the 10 years I’ve been involved. I do strongly believe the actions the RFU has taken have handed PRL everything on a plate and without having to pay a penny for it. The RFU has handed English professional rugby … everything, to the hands of PRL.”

    The RFU announced a return to profit in December but more losses were forecast for the coming year. The latest annual report highlighted a 7% reduction in investment in the professional game and a 6% drop at community level. The accounts also showed a drop of £7m in investment to £100.5m, and that figure was forecast to fall to £95m in the next year.

    “It’s not a money-saving exercise, it’s more to do with value for money,” Bow said. “Either the RFU has been very badly informed, or misinformed. I don’t think they know what the cuts will do for a club like Nottingham. It’s nothing more than contempt for what we’re trying to do for the sport as a whole. I just wonder if these people at the RFU who make these decisions have ever run a proper business.”

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    PRL has long been trumpeting its A League as an alternative second tier for English rugby and, emboldened by its cash injection of more than £200m, appears to have got its way. One source suggested the Championship had “fallen victim to the cartel that is PRL”, while another said there has been a lack of explanation from the RFU for the cuts.

    “The bit that’s frustrating is what is the rationale behind the savage cut in funding? Are they rugby reasons or is it purely financial,” a Championship director of rugby said. “It’s a massive backwards step.

    “The RFU obviously don’t see us as part of the pathway programme which is a bit sad really given what the Championship has done for the Premiership and England over the years. What about the coaching pathway, where are they going to cut their teeth, what about the refereeing pathway? Five or six years ago they were saying we had to all be fully professional. Now, suddenly, they say you have to be firmly part-time.”
     
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    Just saw this .
    Deplorable.
     
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    scary from a business point of view that a reduction of "just" 350k per year could damage these clubs so much
     
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    Disgraceful short sighted clueless decision. I am not surprised Jon Sharp is fuming. Anyone with an interest in CRFC or rugby outside of the Premiership should be

    Coventry Rugby statement regarding RFU funding changes – Coventry Rugby

    Statement on behalf of Cornish Pirates and Coventry Rugby

    there is an attachment on the joint statement detailing the proposals put to the RFU before they made this decision

    As i understand it some of the clubs have already made the decision to go semi-pro. Rugby seems intent on shooting itself in both feet courtesy of the RFU
     
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    Its an insult to clubs like Cov who have made the step to pro from semi pro really.

    Why would they want to limit the amount of pro teams and pro rugby players in the country? Surely it might encourage them to go abroad?

    I am by no means a rugby expert but won't it have some sort of impact on the England team?
     
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    They're only interested in England (first) and the Prem (second).
    Unforunately the stupid mixed-up gin-soaked twats are only good at shooting feet and pulling rugs.
    There's a petition out there demanding the removal of the RFU board. Probably futile, but at least it helps express the disgust from the fans on the way they and their community clubs are being shat on.
    Please sign it if you feel you can.
    Sorry, don't have the link to hand, but it should be easy enough to find on www.change.org
    Will have look and post it in a bit.
     
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    Signed it
     
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    All about PRL.
    RFU going to help modify overseas player rules. Some clubs already got 20+ non qualified players.
    Sure there will an increase in salary cap to get "better" overseas players.
    Going the same way as PL & FA in football. All about a few clubs and money. PRL to end up pulling all the strings - same as football.
    If rugby championship scales back or goes semi-pro then going to effect their TV contract as well.
    Can make a similar argument for cricket with the Hundred, downgrading of county competitions.
     
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    Just want to bang their heads together and ask if they realise what they’re doing.
     
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    Don't think they care. All about cash now. CVC already had to bail them out.
     
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    Sorry, CVC have bailed out the RFU?
     
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    PRL. Now they have to find a way to ring fence their position by making impossible for anyone outside of stakeholders to be in top division.
    Haven't learnt the lesson of Super rugby that they need competitive games throughout the season or income drops. Like us in the 80s relegation battles used to bring in bigger crowds than when we were safe from relegation.
    RFU already struggling to handle PRL. Lost the battle over extra internationals and training time. Trying to avoid all out conflict. Not just RFU cutting funding to Championship PRL are going to cut (or completely drop) their funding to championship as well
     
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    Aware of the PRL piece, but I meant about banging heads together at the RFU. It’s almost as if they’ve taken no learnings from the state football is in now.
     
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    Seems the RFU see established clubs like Coventry, Bedford, Richmond etc.. as an inconvenience. They would much rather have a second division of Wasps A, Harlequins A, Leicester Tigers A etc..

    Sad day for rugby :(
     

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