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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Feb 2018 at 19:19
Originally posted by KnightsBoy KnightsBoy wrote:

Didn't they bring in a load of loan players for the playoffs?

They certainly brought a few in.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OldNick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Feb 2018 at 22:03
Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Originally posted by KnightsBoy KnightsBoy wrote:

Didn't they bring in a load of loan players for the playoffs?

They certainly brought a few in.


Not loan IIRC.

They signed a bunch of players before the February transfer window closed, to come and play for only the playoff matches once their regular season had ended.

So, no breach of the maximum loan/DR limit, as these were full (short term) contracts.

What it was was an abuse of the spirit of the limited transfer window, and the RFU regulations were changed for the following season so that contracts had to start within the window.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Feb 2018 at 22:29
That's why I said 'brought a few in'. I agree - I don't believe they were loans.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote elegia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Feb 2018 at 08:57
Originally posted by FHLH FHLH wrote:

Can anyone point me to those useful club location maps we had on here?

If England does not win 6 Nations there's reason to look at how & where academies are located and funded.

Trying to breach the Premiership concept and legal wall is just too painful. I wonder how many Premiership fans can name clubs in Level 2?
 
well they won it the last two years, so presumably was okay then?
and England were in the final of the u20 world cup last time & won it the year before, so I'd say they were working okay no?
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Well next year looks again like a two horse race in Championship Bristol up,And Irish and Ealing strengthen for big push.Another pointless two horse race. But will the rest GO Semi Pro and cut squads I suspect YES !!!!!! Because as we ALL know its NOT sustainable !!!!!!!And this is level TWO !!!!
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I think some teams may surprise us.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Runitback Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Feb 2018 at 20:07
Not sure LI will strengthen . . they are in turmoil and unless they are bought out I see them struggling next year . . so Ealing need to find a ground!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote KnightsBoy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Feb 2018 at 20:21
Listening to the Ealing Chairman at halftime against Bristol everythings in place
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OldExile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Feb 2018 at 20:23
Yep, expect Ealing to make a huge push next season, maybe their best / last opportunity. So, perhaps two horse at the top, how many horses at the nether end?
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Originally posted by Woody Woody wrote:



I don't agree. If a club is effectively maintaining mid table i.e. 5th from bottom it could be argued that they should not be put in the position where their status in the division is threatened by a bottom of the table play off. It is different at the other end because those teams presumably have a stated aim of promotion. To avoid chaos I would not advocate the playoffs at the bottom of the table.


Just hypocrisy, plain and simple. It could be argued that maintaining top of the table should be put in a position where their status of promotion is threatened by a top of the table play off. It's no different to the bottom end where teams should be preparing for a potential season or more in a lower league. To avoid chaos I would not advocate playoffs at the top of the table.

Keep both types of play-off or none.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gerg_861 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Feb 2018 at 00:31
Originally posted by KnightsBoy KnightsBoy wrote:

Listening to the Ealing Chairman at halftime against Bristol everythings in place
can you expand on this?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Woody Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Feb 2018 at 13:34
Originally posted by Rinkadink Rinkadink wrote:

Originally posted by Woody Woody wrote:



I don't agree. If a club is effectively maintaining mid table i.e. 5th from bottom it could be argued that they should not be put in the position where their status in the division is threatened by a bottom of the table play off. It is different at the other end because those teams presumably have a stated aim of promotion. To avoid chaos I would not advocate the playoffs at the bottom of the table.


Just hypocrisy, plain and simple. It could be argued that maintaining top of the table should be put in a position where their status of promotion is threatened by a top of the table play off. It's no different to the bottom end where teams should be preparing for a potential season or more in a lower league. To avoid chaos I would not advocate playoffs at the top of the table.

Keep both types of play-off or none.


We will have to agree to disagree.
I think it is the nature of the Championship that some clubs are set up to go for promotion genuinely at the start of the season. The rest are trying to maintain their place until a cash injection or miracle comes along. Realistically we have two leagues within the league.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stoatgobbler Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 hours 11 minutes ago at 18:11
Prem fans raising the R word again. See the comments.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/43061585
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 hours 31 minutes ago at 19:51
Originally posted by Stoatgobbler Stoatgobbler wrote:

Prem fans raising the R word again. See the comments.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/43061585

I see the BBC name Northampton interim head coach as Matt O'Connor.  Silly me, I thought he was the Leicester head coach, and Alan Dickens was the Northampton interim head coach.
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