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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: No more tries using post protector
« on: May 13, 2020, 08:58:09 PM »
I expect Sarries will start a trend for thirty five foot wide post protectors.....

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Obsession with size?
« on: May 13, 2020, 08:55:13 PM »
Forgive the minor diversion but we are not the only sport having had similar discussions about the way strength is prioritised over skill in the younger players. Soccer in the UK had for years had a scenario where our youngsters move onto an 11 a side pitch too early,  when continental counterparts are playing on smaller pitches. The result was that the bigger and stronger teams won, and long ball was encouraged. Soccer has tried to reverse that by looking at smaller pitches where control became more important and in early years things like enforced retreat- and that fed to top level as teams play more from the back. In rugby's case it is hard for me to to envisage how they could change the culture-coaches will always be attracted to results and size advantages help that-but I feel some drastic measures and visionaries are needed because if the next Wade, Shane Williams or Jacob Umaga is lost because of the attitudes of coaches we will be poorer for it.

I might be recalling the EA fans talking about the cap being for Europe rather than official sources. I generally took the view that if the EA club were in favour I would be against. Times have changed, marquees will have to change with them I guess.

I would like to see the Marquee idea go, but where would that leave us in Europe?
Was the stated reason behind the idea to make us more competitive? I always thought it was a wheeze to get Sarries, Bath etc raising the cap for domestic purposes, again European matches being the excuse. Personally I have always thought that a season  structured to avoid things like GP away vs Sarries/5 day turnaround Ulster EC/6 day turn around EC 2 would be more important than the marquee.  In the Pro 14 it is Munster 2nds vs Ospreys seconds instead of a full on GP match prior to the first round, maybe for a couple of weeks. If we can get a ten day break leading into Europe R1 and R3 then we would be a lot more competitive, that might mean restructuring the season or a couple of dreaded midweek matches, but it must be possible, surely?   

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: No Rugby this year likely.
« on: May 07, 2020, 10:13:30 AM »
Pretty much what I was alluding to. I am worried we get a bunch of extra internationals, with all the money into the Union's coffers,  but they let some clubs go to the wall in that time. You can see how that might be attractive to the RFU. Smaller top tier making us more likely to win in Europe, and makes the surviving clubs a bit less obstreperous and several internationals gives the RFU a chance to take more control over the players. I don't think honestly trust the RFU to not use the situation to their advantage if it drops into their laps. Maybe I am too cynical, but I get the feeling the RFU have been looking to establish supremacy.

Freely available is the key. That might be a while, even if there is one in a few months. If the wrong country gets it we could be in for a long wait.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: No Rugby this year likely.
« on: May 06, 2020, 09:17:19 PM »
I too am in the dark. I feel like it is reading tea leaves, I can see several plausible options and have no idea what is best. I will be listening to the clubs carefully, I am hoping we don't end up with a club v country situation next year...

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: No Rugby this year likely.
« on: May 05, 2020, 08:54:02 PM »
Don't tell her!

My question was predicated upon the idea that if it is broadcast money only can all the clubs pay the bills off that?  If not, is it possible that they shut down and claim on insurance etc.? I would rather watch something than nothing, but I want us to survive. Broadcast cash is king, I am hoping it is enough.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: No Rugby this year likely.
« on: May 05, 2020, 03:51:37 PM »
Fair enough, I enjoyed those C-cup games too.
Would closed door rugby be financially preferable to mothballing and starting next year later? Or would that be dependent on each club's finances and costs?

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: No Rugby this year likely.
« on: May 05, 2020, 11:41:27 AM »
Playing behind closed doors. Is it better than not playing at all? I am not sure if any rugby is better than none. Crowds make the international game what it is. Can you imagine a Haka in an empty Twickenham? Or even Back in Black to an empty Ricoh? I guess I will support anything that keeps our clubs alive, whether that be mothballing or playing behind closed doors.

Of course it is probably the same either way if you are a Sarries fan next year.  ;)

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: The Ruck
« on: May 03, 2020, 01:32:41 AM »
Oops looks like this was cut off

 The interviews with Wade over the last 12 months implied that he would never return to rugby, if it failed over there he would look for something else.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: The Ruck
« on: May 01, 2020, 02:41:06 PM »
It must be hard for content creators out there, very little to do, resulting in non stories like this. I am not excusing them, of course, just saying this nebulous stuff is more likely now.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Will Rowlands
« on: May 01, 2020, 02:37:51 PM »
Dragons are certainly not the desired choice of most Welsh players.
Blues, Scarlets and Ospreys remain the top dogs here.

First saw Varndell play in an A game for Leicester v us at Adams park. He was very impressive and seriously fast. Didn't he get chopped from Tigers because they wanted someone who had a better defence than Tom?

 He probably just wanted to come to a club who gave the ball to the backs more than twice a half. ;)

We are certainly well stocked on the wings now, very promising indeed whether we get Wade/Varndell levels I don't know, but if we get most of the way there I would be well pleased. Those two were special and set a high benchmark for us to aim for.

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