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The first and most obvious thing is the extent to which there are far more “outs” than “ins”, nearly double by my count – 116 “outs” to 60 “ins”. Assuming an average salary of £100k per player that’s well over £5m of costs per year out of the English game right there and I suspect once you account for other costs of employment (employers NI, insurance, kit etc) it’s more like double that.
Anyway, to create a bit of “debate”, I’ve decided to rank the off-season transfers of each club, the overall score is a composite of the following (0-5 in each case):
Quality in v quality out (triple weighting)
Stability (double weighting)
Retention of homegrown talent
In the event of a tie, positions ranked by the QIvQO score, then stability and so on.
The best results would be obtained by clubs who recruited a small number (preferably only 2) of outside players who were better than players departing in similar positions whilst also promoting lustily from their academy and not losing any homegrown club players.
Meanwhile on 30 June there will be votes on the new global calendar and an international window this year from October. T14 understandably don’t want to play through the summer, but want a Spring world club cup every four years.
For me rugby is a winter sport, especially in a hot place like southern France or South Africa. The key for me is having test windows without club matches in the middle.
live rugby is back… with near capacity crowds! Two games a weekend for ten weeks, same times each week. Expect rust this week, but fast, high quality rugby most games. Enjoy!
Highlanders v Chiefs 8.05 Saturday
Aaron Mauger v Warren Gatland. Go the mighty Chiefs! No Cane, Moli, Harris, To’oavo or Ardron but Weber, ALB, McKenzie and the benched Cruden star in an exceptional back line.
Blues v Canes 4.00 and 10.00 Sunday
Beauden at fullback on long awaited debut , Reiko at centre, Marchant left right out unfortunately. Lots of All Blacks, but will the AuckLanders flatter to deceive yet again? Ardie also makes his first start since Japan, but on the bench, while Jordie isn’t fit to face his traitorous bro.
“The clubs will need to satisfy a number of requirements to start stage one as we continue the huge amount of work being undertaken to enable a safe return to training,” said professional game board chairman Chris Booy.