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Fans debate Premiership promotion/relegation


Fans weigh in on Premiership promotion/relegation debate as 'insane' battle hots up

There are many arguments for and against scrapping relegation in the Gallagher Premiership, and they are very complex.

This is an issue that has not been resolved, as many fans and clubs wait with baited breath to see what is in store for the Gallagher Premiership.

With the debate continuing to rage on, many fans have voiced their opinion on Twitter over the prospect of ringfencing England’s elite league after this weekend’s rugby. Of course, there are many positives to eliminating relegation; it allows for greater investment in teams across the league, it should make the top of the league as well as the national game stronger and more competitive, and it avoids the financial trouble that relegated sides suffer, including job losses.

However, with a spellbinding battle to fight off relegation in the Premiership, this is perhaps the worst season possible to have this debate, as many fans seem captivated by the battle that is occuring.

There is a huge amount of drama at the foot of the table, with only seven points separating Newcastle, Worcester, Leicester and Bristol, with five games remaining in the season. With Wasps only a point ahead of Bristol, this is looking like it will be the closest finish to the season in the history of the Premiership. The prospect of European giants Leicester facing the very real possibility of relegation after Worcester and Newcastle won at the weekend, is only extra fuel to the fire.

With such a tense end to the season expected, it is understandable that a large number of fans cannot bear the thought of abolishing relegation. Even fans of clubs who are facing the drop appreciate the benefit of relegation, as the league would currently be devoid of action without it. This is what the fans are saying:

While fans are enjoying the monumental battle that is ensuing amongst the league’s strugglers, the top of the table has much less action. Although Northampton have a slight hope of making fourth place, it seems a formality that Exeter and Saracens with finish first and second. Until the playoffs, these teams will struggle to generate the excitement that is occuring at the bottom of the table, as it seems far less competitive.

Of course, this also promotes the argument for ringfencing the league as well, as many believe that it would be conducive to more competition at the top of the table, rather than the monopoly that Saracens and Exeter seem to have currently.

This is a debate that has many people on both sides, but these cannot imagine the league without relegation.

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Fans weigh in on Premiership promotion/relegation debate as 'insane' battle hots up