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Northern Hemisphere 2021-22

Dctarget

Michael Lynagh (62)
Pau & Toulouse's game on the weekend was dominated by Aussies.
Fantastic to see Maddocks back out on the field, he only managed to get 4 games last season before injuring himself. He's looking strong and speedy, nabbing two tries.
Meafou gets another try for Toulouse and to cap it off Richie Arnold pockets a red card.
 

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Alan Cameron (40)
Real sad news out of the premiership last night, shortly after the RFU suspended them from the comp the owners went into administration. The owners look like they have fairly screwed everyone over here. Alot of ppl not just players out of a job now.
 

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Alan Cameron (40)
@Members Section the tunnel of Wives & Girlfriends looked pretty sad to me tbh. What a fuck up

Didn't sound good about Wasps either.

Yeah but at least wasps are doing it the right way by appointing an administrator, the 2 blokes at WW just paid the players 2 weeks late in aug & short paid the staff lied about having a buyer to everyone, didnt play anyone if sep & the day the league forced them to play their hand they just dumped the club.
 

Slim 293

Nathan Sharpe (72)
It seems the whole competition is in a bit of a mess...

Worcester are not the only one of the Premiership's 13 clubs facing potential financial collapse.

Wasps, twice European champions, announced last week their intention to appoint administrators after failing to meet a May deadline to repay £35 million in bonds, which helped finance their relocation to Midlands city Coventry from London in 2014.

There are fears Worcester and Wasps represent the tip of an iceberg, with the collective debts of all Premiership clubs estimated at more than £500 million.

Speaking last week, Worcester rugby director Steve Diamond said: "We have been in this period of near-purgatory for a while now, and it is starting to come to a head.

"I don't know how it has got to this position. It is sad, and it is diabolical that it has been allowed to walk itself to the graveyard, virtually, and I never thought it would get to this position, but it has."

The club's Sixways Stadium is now closed -- staff were given until Monday afternoon to collect belongings -- with no indication when, or if, it will reopen.

Worcester are third from bottom of the Premiership table after one win from their opening three games. They beat struggling Newcastle 39-5 on Saturday.

Premiership Rugby confirmed Saturday's league match between Gloucester and Worcester has been postponed.

 

The Ghost of Raelene

Ron Walden (29)

Osama bin sumthing....

Can look at this as Eddie leaving no stone un turned or it could result in burn out with the intensity I'm sure he's been revving it at since before the start of the Australian Series.
 

Rob42

Arch Winning (36)

Osama bin sumthing....

Can look at this as Eddie leaving no stone un turned or it could result in burn out with the intensity I'm sure he's been revving it at since before the start of the Australian Series.
Pretty sure Navy SEAL training has nothing on Eddie Jones' baseline level of intensity.
 

The Ghost of Raelene

Ron Walden (29)
We talk a lot of bringing guys in and we are hoping they click in the test environment (Arnolds, Skelton). We could do A LOT worse than Kane Douglas in the 2nd Row running the show. I know he's 33 but I haven't seen many bad games.
 

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Alan Cameron (40)
as much as its still a horrible situation Lee Beckett at wasps is at least doing everything he can to be open & make sure no one is blindsided by this. Hopefully they can just hang on & move back to London

 

Dan54

John Eales (66)
as much as its still a horrible situation Lee Beckett at wasps is at least doing everything he can to be open & make sure no one is blindsided by this. Hopefully they can just hang on & move back to London

Latest reports seem to be it's all over for Wasps. Personally I find it bloody sad, and hope we don't get anymore.
Will make it hard for Wasps as unlike Worcester they don't really have a home base as such, are not tied into an area/city.
From reading a bit about the comps in NH seems the SA teams in the URC are the ones who are running on least money, yet they are dominating that comp, which is good to know that the idea that more money equals better teams etc.
 

Dctarget

Michael Lynagh (62)
This is so horrible, Wasps were such an iconic club. The move out of london was always a strange one for me.
This sucks. I know we fucked the Force royally and wounds are still healing but at least this never happened mid season. What an absolute cluster fuck.
 

Dctarget

Michael Lynagh (62)
Apparently two other clubs are circling the drain too, London Irish & Newcastle. Sale is also in trouble.

Don't wish this to any club but there is a definite schadenfreude with the pricks paying overs and nabbing all our players. Now I wanna see Ralston, Hansen and Dempsey, Tuipuloto send the IRFU & SRU broke.
 

Wallaby Man

Bill Watson (15)
Apparently two other clubs are circling the drain too, London Irish & Newcastle. Sale is also in trouble.

Don't wish this to any club but there is a definite schadenfreude with the pricks paying overs and nabbing all our players. Now I wanna see Ralston, Hansen and Dempsey, Tuipuloto send the IRFU & SRU broke.
agreed

I suspect this will cause a push from the Welsh teams to jump at the chance of joining the weakened English system, which will completely destabilize the URC.

Meanwhile French teams are spending big money but in reality the tv deal isn’t what even the NRL and AFL receive, and the crowds look good but are realistically in small stadiums. Essentially propped up by billionaires.

There is a reckoning coming across the game.

Don’t think the MLR has progressed as many investors wanted it to as well.
 

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Alan Cameron (40)
Apparently two other clubs are circling the drain too, London Irish & Newcastle. Sale is also in trouble.

Don't wish this to any club but there is a definite schadenfreude with the pricks paying overs and nabbing all our players. Now I wanna see Ralston, Hansen and Dempsey, Tuipuloto send the IRFU & SRU broke.

I listened to a podcast last yr with the owner of Newcastle & he said he only pays about 70% of the cap as it is because he simply cant afford it. I've always kinda wanted the IRFU to buy london Irish & have them as a 5th Irish club.
 

KevinO

Greg Davis (50)
From reading a bit about the comps in NH seems the SA teams in the URC are the ones who are running on least money, yet they are dominating that comp, which is good to know that the idea that more money equals better teams etc.
SA teams would be pretty level money wise with all the other URC clubs, none are big spenders in comparison to England/France. IRFU is central controlled, Walsh clubs are broke, Scottish broke and I really don't know how much money the Italian sides have.
 

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Alan Cameron (40)
SA teams would be pretty level money wise with all the other URC clubs, none are big spenders in comparison to England/France. IRFU is central controlled, Walsh clubs are broke, Scottish broke and I really don't know how much money the Italian sides have.

No one knows what Leinster are paying but its believed to be double any of the welsh clubs & the biggest in europe win no cap
 

KevinO

Greg Davis (50)
No one knows what Leinster are paying but its believed to be double any of the welsh clubs & the biggest in europe win no cap
Yes, as a Munster fan i'd love to know the salary break down of all 4 provinces. I don't see Leinster having a bigger wage bill then Saracens, Toulon, Racing though. Leinster really don't have a lot of Foreign imports in the squad, a few of the players would have turned down overseas offers to stay at Leinster.
 
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