Coronavirus affect on rugby

Claret&BluePixels

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Presumably Newcastle Falcons will replace Saracens in next season's Premiership. Yorkshire Carnegie, having lost all 14 games, should be relegated from the Championship and replaced by Richmond, 7 points clear at the top of National League 1 with 5 games to go.

In most leagues which have two divisions feeding into it, the bottom 3 are usually relegated with the two champions at the level below promoted along with the winners of a Play-Off between the two second placed teams. Will be interesting to see if they promote the best runners up or just the two champions and reprieve the 3rd bottom team in the higher league. Hull Ionians and Canterbury both deserve to be relegated from National League 1 with just 3 wins between them and replaced by Caldy and Taunton Titans, National League 2 North and South leaders respectively. Then it's a case of whether they promote Tonbridge Juddians, best 2nd placed team or reprieve Rotherham, 3rd bottom in National League 1. The bottom 3 in NL2 South - Bournemouth, Old Redcliffians and Sutton & Epsom are way behind the rest and should be replaced by South West Premier leaders Barnstaple plus Guernsey and Rochford Hundred - level on points at the top of London & SE Premier. Scunthorpe and Preston Grasshoppers are way behind at the bottom of NL2 North but 3rd bottom Otley would be unlucky to get relegated with a respectable 52 points from 25 games. Bournville are clear leaders of Midlands Premier but who to promote from North Premier is much more complicated as current leaders Blaydon (22-85) could have been caught by 3rd placed Harrogate (21-80) and 5th placed Macclesfield (20-75)
One problem that could arise which will have massive implications on other sports if this is successful

On the front of Sundays Rugby Paper, A story on the DoR at Ealing Trailfinders threatening legal action to stop Newcastle Falcons being promoted.
 

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One problem that could arise which will have massive implications on other sports if this is successful

On the front of Sundays Rugby Paper, A story on the DoR at Ealing Trailfinders threatening legal action to stop Newcastle Falcons being promoted.
There is going to be little sympathy in the general public for clubs that make big threats like this. These are unprecedented times and unfortunately governing bodies are going to have to make decisions that might seem unfair, in order to draw the best resolution possible and move on.

incidentally, what were the chances of Ealing catching Newcastle? There will be teams far more hard-done by than them (and btw, is there home ground even suitable for premiership rugby?)
 

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There is going to be little sympathy in the general public for clubs that make big threats like this. These are unprecedented times and unfortunately governing bodies are going to have to make decisions that might seem unfair, in order to draw the best resolution possible and move on.

incidentally, what were the chances of Ealing catching Newcastle? There will be teams far more hard-done by than them (and btw, is there home ground even suitable for premiership rugby?)
Not much chance if any, yes Ealing have a game in hand and have yet to face Newcastle at Kingston Park but the gap is 18 points. The DoR also mentions their game in hand is against the leagues whipping boys Yorkshire Carnegie but he conveniently fails to mention that Newcastle ALSO were due to play Yorkshire.

As for Ealing's ground, judging by the pics ive seen on Google search, I highly doubt its Premiership ready, they've got a sizeable stand at one end, a small seated stand at the other, and the two main touchlines are on one side, the sports club itself and the other touchline looks like flat standing. Pretty sure Premiership ground regulations state that there needs to be hard standing (covered seating or terracing) on all four sides.

https://www.google.com/maps/search/Trailfinders+Sports+Ground/@51.5246824,-0.3295446,201m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en-GB
 

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As a leaguie I have to say I am worried for the future of the sport as a professional one.

Rob Elstone talks a good game but until there is a meaningful TV contract on the table and signed, he can't be judged as successful.
 

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Course they do !

I think the RFL has been desperate for Toronto to fall over.
 

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Course they do !

I think the RFL has been desperate for Toronto to fall over.
I think the opposite, I think there has been desperation for them and their excess spending to succeed.
It was great when the Broncos beat them in the million £££ game....and then made a bloody good attempt to stay up.
 

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As a point of interest, how does the UK's furlough system apply to Toronto?
 

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As a point of interest, how does the UK's furlough system apply to Toronto?
This is loverugbyleague.com's take, Jim:

Toronto Wolfpack are the latest club looking into the possibility of furloughing their players.

The Canadian club have laid off their office staff in Toronto and are in the process of furloughing their players, who pay tax in Canada and the UK.

Toronto chairman Bob Hunter said: “It’s a very unique situation. All the players are employees of a Canadian company so it’s whether the players are eligible for that subsidy as UK and international residents. We are looking into it.”

Hunter has also conceded his club may have to switch more of their ‘home’ fixtures to the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 

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The Yorkshire Post and BBC Look North are reporting the confirmed relegation from the second tier of lame duck Yorkshire Carnegie (formerly Leeds Tykes, an amalgam of the Headingley and Roundhay clubs). After 14 consecutive defeats this past season, and crowds barely reaching 300, surely this is the end of the road at Headingley for Carnegie? Off, now, to Otley or West Park? Deluded coach Phil Davies spouted some nonsense on BBC Look North about the club resetting itself (whatever that means) and, more risibly, "giving Leeds a rugby club to be proud of". Here's the news, mate: Leeds has a rugby club to be proud of - Leeds Rhinos RLFC.
 

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The Yorkshire Post and BBC Look North are reporting the confirmed relegation from the second tier of lame duck Yorkshire Carnegie (formerly Leeds Tykes, an amalgam of the Headingley and Roundhay clubs). After 14 consecutive defeats this past season, and crowds barely reaching 300, surely this is the end of the road at Headingley for Carnegie? Off, now, to Otley or West Park? Deluded coach Phil Davies spouted some nonsense on BBC Look North about the club resetting itself (whatever that means) and, more risibly, "giving Leeds a rugby club to be proud of". Here's the news, mate: Leeds has a rugby club to be proud of - Leeds Rhinos RLFC.

problems with both venues

Otley has been sold although with building works stopped, they may be able to continue there. It is not clear if they have permission for anything new

West Park has a covenant on the ground preventing professional sport. Not sure Leeds will have a budget in any event
 

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problems with both venues

Otley has been sold although with building works stopped, they may be able to continue there. It is not clear if they have permission for anything new

West Park has a covenant on the ground preventing professional sport. Not sure Leeds will have a budget in any event
Sorry, Mike, I wasn't being entirely serious. Not that you could have known!

Be interesting to see what happens next. Given the size of Carnegie's crowds (did I read somewhere they plan to go back to being called Leeds?), it's making less and less sense to play at Headingley, even if they can afford whatever they're being charged to play there.

As for Otley, as you say, they could end up without anywhere to play.
 

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