Junior Team Starter
- Dec 12, 2019
South Shields FC
One problem that could arise which will have massive implications on other sports if this is successfulPresumably 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)
On the front of Sundays Rugby Paper, A story on the DoR at Ealing Trailfinders threatening legal action to stop Newcastle Falcons being promoted.