“Outs” are 2x “ins” (clubs ranked!)

Since our last thread was getting old and long I thought I’d start a new one.

This post is based on the “ins and outs” wikipedia page, which is pretty up to date  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_2020%E2%80%9321_Premiership_Rugby_transfers. Obviously it’s a fast moving picture this so no doubt things will have changed by the time I submit this.

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):

  1. Quality in v quality out (triple weighting)
  2. Stability (double weighting)
  3. Academy promotion
  4. 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.

The results are in as follows:

  1. Bristol. Total: 24 (QIvQO 5, Stability 1, Academy 3, Homegrown 4)
  2. Bath 24 (4, 4, 1, 3)
  3. Sale 24 (3, 5, 0, 5)
  4. Worcester 24 (2, 4, 5, 5)
  5. London Irish 23 (3, 5, 0, 4)
  6. Northampton 23 (3, 4, 2, 4)
  7. Wasps 23 (2, 5, 2, 5)
  8. Newcastle 22 (3, 5, 0, 3)
  9. Exeter 18 (3, 3, 0, 3)
  10. Gloucester* 16 (1, 4, 1, 4)
  11. Quins 8 (0, 4, 0, 0)
  12. Leicester* 5 (0, 0, 0, 5)

* Gloucester included 3 departing players announced today. Leicester not including rumoured loss of Veianu, but it wouldn’t have made any difference.

Reminders:

  • Likely to change (especially expect Glous to recruit now)
  • Not a score of how good a squad is. If a squad was already brilliant before, a mid-ranking wouldn’t matter much.
  • Only my opinion, so…

I might update for final squads when/if the season finally starts, depending on how much abuse I get for this.