The Premiership is analyzing profound changes for its competitions for the 2021 and 2022 seasons: there could be no more descent within the elite and the Championship would serve to develop the best youngsters. All of this is under discussion, reports Midi Olympique.
The Premier could experience a revolution next summer. Former Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths recently proposed a reform of English rugby, beginning in the 2021-2022 season. In a seventy-six-page document, the leader proposes to close the first division, at least until 2025: therefore, there will be no further decline or promotion for four years.
If this project were validated, the Sarries would have no margin for error next season with a comeback that has become an imperative. The transition to a closed league system had been discussed for many years across the country, but the crisis brought about by the pandemic could accelerate that process.
In addition to the suspension of the promotional principle, Edward Griffiths’ plan envisages the creation of a draft, for example, on the NBA model. The elite club academies would be closed and the Championship, which would be divided into two groups, North and South, would become a kind of championship to promote talents. Elite teams would attract young players every summer to strengthen themselves. The RFU would seriously study these proposals: according to BBC Sport, the Federation and Griffiths have had “constructive meetings” and negotiations are continuing.
“We welcome this innovative approach to realize the Championship’s potential, in the interest of English rugby,” said an RFU spokesperson. We also appreciate the initiatives that […] they guarantee greater autonomy in terms of financial stability. “The project was also presented to the leaders of the first two divisions. Will everyone find it interesting? The next few weeks will be decisive on the subject.