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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Starlord Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 2019 at 13:40
Agreed, like I said on a previous post, these costs rise significantly....10's of thousands when you have to hire a bus there and back & stay overnight if required.......
BUT to return to the topic at hand;
I'm more interested on the 3 teams up for promotion and there respective squad depths....
Does anyone have any meaningful views on their current depth and on what sort of recruiting these clubs may implement....?
(can we try and not talk about costs of entrance & programmes....please...) 
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We (Wimbledon) currently have some depth in players physically capable of playing in Nat 2. This is another lesson we learnt last season when we suffered a significant rolling injury crisis over the first 4 months of fixtures. It is physically a much more attritional league mainly due to the increased size of the players involved.
What we now lack is enough "star" players needed to make the breaks and score the points. As those of you who have seen us this season we are not playing the exciting brand of rugby we were 2 seasons ago when we fought TJ's for the 1st and 2nd spots.
Looking at the other 2 sides I would think that Westcliff will struggle purely because of the admirable way they are set up. They compete with big payers Rochford Hundred and Southend for external players in their area and there is a much smaller player base than in south-west London. They have a fantastic side (I think their 8 is the best player I have seen in this league this season) but will struggle to build a large enough squad of capable players for Nat 2 IMO.
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Originally posted by Starlord Starlord wrote:


Agreed, like I said on a previous post, these costs rise significantly....10's of thousands when you have to hire a bus there and back & stay overnight if required.......
BUT to return to the topic at hand;
I'm more interested on the 3 teams up for promotion and there respective squad depths....
Does anyone have any meaningful views on their current depth and on what sort of recruiting these clubs may implement....?
(can we try and not talk about costs of entrance & programmes....please...) 


I think your point about depth is an interesting one. Referring back to your comment on the Dons 2’s playing in Zoo 1. You have to also consider that 4 years ago they were in Zoo 4 getting humped 80 points by Hertford. They have been promoted year on year since then and a lot of this come down to the attention that has been shown to the 2’s and that they are not just cannon fodder for the 1’s. They also beat Esher 2’s last season to win the Surrey Cup.

The RFU ranks Zoo 1 as Level 5.5 meaning that it is the equivalent of London 1/2.

Recruiting will have to be done. How it is done will be an interesting one. Irish will be going down with some players keeping their eyes open. Esher is on the route of dropping down to Nat 2 for the first time in years. Again, players looking elsewhere. Will players need to be paid? Recognition payments would do well rather than mercenary payments, but that’s just my opinion.
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