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Other Senior Rugby / Re: Rugby Start up
« on: September 14, 2020, 08:01:18 AM »
Anybody got any revised thoughts on league rugby returning?

I still find it unlikely we'll see any "normal" rugby in 2020.

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Rugby Start up
« on: September 01, 2020, 09:03:24 PM »
I doubt the attendance at matches is causing too much concern. It is relatively easy to manage and mitigate the risk in small rugby union crowds. (Even if like in most walks of life in reality the measures are somewhat ignored after a noble start!).

The problem remains the game itself where there can't even be the pretence of meaningful mitigation.... therefore I think Robs comment of "acceptance of risk" is probably the most likely way forward.

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Rugby Start up
« on: August 28, 2020, 06:31:01 PM »
I had lunch with Bill Sweeney today and he is and the RFU are pushing very hard for a November start.

Yorkshire 1 / Re: Opening clubhouses
« on: August 24, 2020, 01:08:22 PM »
In some cases it may make more sense to keep staff furloughed...

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Rugby Start up
« on: August 23, 2020, 05:10:25 PM »
Slightly off topic but relevant non the less.

The RFU seem to be either tone deaf to (arrogant) or completely misinformed regarding (poor representation) the views of clubs and the feelings of rugby clubs. I was going to say grassroots rugby clubs but decided that the term is unhelpful. We are all just rugby clubs which sit at different levels in the league structure. The fact we are at level 5,6,7,8 or whatever instead of 1,2,3 or 4 is irrelevant.

Let's compare two clubs...both only have one senior team, both only have one pitch. The first plays in front of 10,000 people and is on TV, the second plays in front of 20 people. The first has no minis and juniors, the second (despite the cost) valiantly runs minis and juniors for the community it resides in....with one pitch it's a struggle but they do it.  The first club provides entertainment to many people on TV and sends players to the England squad...the second club gives boys, girls, men and women an opportunity to drag themselves away from the TV and perhaps aspire to play for the first club or England. So probably one is Premiership and one is Yorkshire 5.

I am in no way trying to suggest that one club is more important than the other....the point is that it is a symbiotic relationship which requires all clubs to coexist for the betterment of the game of rugby.

Why then does club one have such a loud voice and club two is treated with such utter contempt?

Come on RFU, in general you have been a star performer throughout the pandemic, your coms have been good as has your support for the club's who need it most... Please as we move into the next stage of restart, consult directly with clubs regarding what should happen next.

All clubs have elected Boards or committees who represent the views of that particular club. Write to each Board/committee and ask their views. The league restructuring demonstrates how bypassing elected bodies deprives you of any mandate. You say "players want X" but what you don't say is that only about 10 players partook in the consultation!

So my view is:

a) either tell me it's your organisation and this is what's happening without pretence of consultation.
b) undertake a genuine consultation and implement the outcome even if it doesn't suit.

At least if you're honest and it's a)... we can all choose to join or form another organisation.

Thank you for anyone who could be bothered to read this!

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Rugby Start up
« on: August 23, 2020, 07:57:56 AM »
10v10 touch and pass allowed...with plenty of other safety measures.

It will be months and months until you can watch rugby in the way we used to.

We should all prepare ourselves for the possibility of a full season off.

Personally I am now of the opinion that the league programme should be scrapped for next season. If in the event that rugby in a normal 15 a side format can return then clubs should organise local mini leagues with neighbouring clubs.. For me that would turn a possible disaster into a nice little change for a season.

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Update on Future League Structure
« on: August 22, 2020, 08:15:08 PM »
Does anyone actually think that Jim Chapman represents Yorksire? Genuine question....his record doesn't seem to suggest so.

Yorkshire 1 / Re: Opening clubhouses
« on: August 19, 2020, 07:55:11 AM »
Scarborough's is...

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Update on Future League Structure
« on: August 19, 2020, 12:04:23 AM »
If they used the final league standings rather than the positions teams were at when play was stopped, would it not be Durham and MN down to DN1/Y1 with a possible level transfer required and Ponte and Brid down to Y2?
Correct..I hadn't looked at the tables but assumed flaggy had.

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Update on Future League Structure
« on: August 18, 2020, 11:17:26 AM »
I'd had similar thoughts....

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Update on Future League Structure
« on: August 17, 2020, 02:15:25 PM »
I think we all need to take some time to digest the proposals and take on board the full implications - plus we need to see how the proposed league structure will look in practice (after all we've had a very recent example of brain dead planning).

Once we completely understand what is offer then we can all decide whether to embrace the changes or go for a breakaway. Although a number of clubs are already in active discussions about leaving the structure.

I am presently completely open minded and will just be relieved when real rugby is back being played in any size league!

Registration/Contact Information AND Miscellaneous Chat / Test
« on: August 10, 2020, 02:53:36 PM »

Other Senior Rugby / Re: RFU Return to Rugby
« on: August 08, 2020, 06:24:27 PM »
You could always move to Scarborough 😁😁.... 1 case since the beginning of July. ....and that was a lad who went on a night out in Leeds.....

Another reason to change the conference's.

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Boots2Suits Podcast
« on: July 29, 2020, 08:02:07 AM »
I'll give it a try when I'm walking the dog...

Yorkshire 1 / Re: Y1 sharing contacts for pitch works etc..
« on: July 26, 2020, 04:46:47 PM »
Tines need replacing every year or two so that's no great drama. We have our own and as the times wear down we just put a new set on.

However there are several grease points that need regular maintenance.

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