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RFU statement: Deadline set for new-look English Championship plan

By Liam Heagney
Doncaster and Cambridge players at a match earlier this season (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

The latest RFU council meeting has set a deadline to progress plans for a revised Championship in England. There has been much debate over the future of the tier-two league following the recent financial collapse of three Gallagher Premiership clubs – Worcester, Wasps and London Irish – along with the 2022/23 Championship champions Jersey Reds.

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Following a meeting on Friday, the RFU issued its latest update on where plans are for a revised Championship. A statement read: “Following a meeting of all the Championship clubs on February 8 and an update to council today [Friday], the RFU and Championship have agreed a revised timeline to progress plans around the development of tier two.

“RFU council voted today in favour of the principle of introducing minimum operating standards for rugby’s second tier as part of plans for the growth strategy of the league.

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“Between now and Friday, March 29, the RFU and the Championship will work together to further agree on the detail within the minimum operating standards (MOS), establish a governance structure for the league, confirm the number of teams in the league and discuss promotion/relegation mechanics within the structures.

“Following working group meetings between now and the end of March, an update will be provided to council at its April meeting. We would like to thank all National League clubs who have expressed an interest in being part of a relaunched second tier.”

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Colin 119 days ago

Just hot air, The RFU have no strategic plan for ANY tiers of rugby union in England. Too much money wasted on the female game which is NOT self funded and costs clubs at all levels a lot of money to sustain. Further Premiership clubs waste money on paying salaries of non EQP and this means little development of English players. Hardly any 12s, 3s or 8s are Englsh. Terrible.

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mark 120 days ago

Sweeney and 1st class jet setters give fk all for championship.
Let the prem collapse.
Any league needs a minimum 14 teams to survive plus cup comps.
Bloke is an a class bell end

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Clive 120 days ago

What an utter crock, the RFU want the French 2nd div without paying out a penny. They are happy to spaff millions on promoting the girly game but the source of mens talent gets two bob. The Prem is just as bad ring fencing the cash and excluding promotion with ridiculous ground rules.

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