Premiership Rugby is at the centre of a controversial debate at the moment. Various reports say that the Premiership are looking to change the structure of the English club Rugby competition, potentially leaving the sport with an elite level being ringfenced from the Championship in the division below.
If current reports are to be true, Premiership Rugby want to create a ring fenced for the competition, meaning that no clubs would be able to be relegated from the division, and no clubs could gain promotion to England’s elite. However debate remains over how many teams it will cap the league at, with their being arguably 13 teams of ‘Premiership quality’. However, for teams like Ealing Trailfinders, who are developing their club at a serious rate and making huge signings ahead of next season, including Stephen Myler, Guy Thompson and Jordy Reid from Melbourne Rebels. Would ringfencing cut the door off completely for sides like this, leaving some Championship clubs in limbo and unable to progress further into the Premiership.
We spoke exclusively to Gloucester Rugby CEO Stephen Vaughan, who said that capping the Premiership at just 12 teams would be a ‘crying shame.’
To hear the whole of Vaughan’s thoughts on the issue, click the link below.