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[Free>] Doncaster vs Ealing Trailfinders live 23 September 2023

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Championship race a thriller but meaningless as RFU lets limbo persistOne of English rugby’s hottest title race for years reaches the most tepid of endings today. After weeks of back and forth with their rivals, Ealing began the weekend knowing that victory over Richmond would crown them champions of the Championship, regardless of Doncaster’s result on Friday night. Come Monday morning, however, there will be a sense of limbo irrespective of outcomes on the pitch. The Rugby Football Union ruled last month that Ealing and Doncaster – the only two clubs to apply to be eligible for promotion – had failed the minimum standards criteria. All the while the RFU works on plans for a hybrid cup competition between Premiership second teams and Championship clubs for the 2023-24 season. If some clubs do not feel they have the squad depth to enter into it, Premiership clubs could combine with Championship teams to enter. It is understood that if it is successful it could replace the Championship entirely, even if the RFU poured cold water on that idea last week. Should the promoted club be willing to pay north of £20m for a slice of P shares – currently split between the 13 clubs – it may be a different story but the message seems clear that second tier clubs wanting to chance their arm in the Premiership are not welcome. Herein lies the rub because as much as the RFU would admit the gap between the Premiership is cavernous and only going to get wider, the union cannot currently countenance allowing the top flight to be a permanently closed shop. First, the council would have to agree and members would be reluctant to sign off on it given the uproar it would cause at grassroots level. Second, political context is required because the fact that the RFU must approve structural changes is the single biggest bargaining chip the union has with the Premiership clubs and the Professional Game Agreement – the deal that governs the release of England players – is up for renewal in 2024. The precedent for the appeals process is London Welsh, who were ultimately successful after scrambling to arrange a groundshare with Oxford United at the Kassam stadium in 2012. It was an unmitigated disaster, playing home matches 50 miles away from their Richmond home, so it sticks in the craw to hear the RFU ask why Ealing and Doncaster did not arrange groundshares. It was reported this week that Doncaster had belatedly lined up Hull KR’s Craven Park for their appeal but it is understood Ealing have not sought a groundshare. A year ago they had a deal with Saracens to use the StoneX Stadium if they won the Championship play-off but even then they failed the MSC on the basis it was not signed. That criteria is agreed by the Professional Game Board, where the Championship clubs are represented, along with the RFU and Premiership clubs. The main sticking point is stadium capacity which, according to the MSC, must be 10, 001 – neither Ealing nor Doncaster come particularly close but as the RFU acknowledged recently, the minimum for Premier League football grounds is 5, 000 and both aspiring clubs could meet that. Premiership Rugby insists that stadium size is only one of a number of issues. This time, Ealing had proposed a year-three plan to bring their current home, Vallis Way, up to 10, 000 capacity. They would argue that the MSC encourages sustainability and their proposal can achieve that whereas a groundshare would be loss-making. Furthermore, suspicion abounds and there is a sense that the Premiership clubs were perhaps not ready to cut their RFU funding 14 ways just yet. That the RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney recently hinted that the minimum stadium capacity could come down to 5, 000, but next year not this, only adds to it. PRL has lofty ambitions to revamp the league and move closer to the NFL model and, although there is a willingness to admit a 14th team, this will be only when they are oven-ready. The idea that an aspiring Championship club may be allowed to develop in the Premiership, having earned the right to be there, is anathema to the top-flight clubs whose ambitions sound a lot like a move to a franchise system. New-look Premiership Rugby Cup pool fixtures confirmed 14 Jul 2023 — Ealing Trailfinders vs Northampton Saints – Sunday 10 September (kick-off: 1pm), Trailfinders Sports Ground – Live on TNT Sports; Round 2 ... Ealing trailfinders uk - ... Ealing Trailfinders Championship race a thriller but meaningless as RFU lets limbo … [ [WATCH ONLINE##] [] Today: Ampthill vs Nottingham live online … Web1 ... Watch Doncaster Knights v Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday! Our match against Doncaster Knights at Castle Park in Round Three of the Trailfinders Challenge Cup will be streamed live!


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