Second division opposed to a British league
December 10, 1999
English Second Division clubs have reaffirmed their opposition to the formation of a British League.
The English Second Division Rugby (ESDR) board have called for the retention of the Allied Dunbar Premiership, along with relegation and promotion.
In a statement the board said: "Any denial of this right (of promotion)would immediately stifle investment throughout all levels of the game. The development of English-qualified players will be seriously inhibited."
ESDR are calling for "clear and decisive leadership" from the Rugby Football Union in the wake of unanimous support from their First Division counterparts for a 16-strong British League comprising 10 English, four Welsh and two Scottish clubs.
"The only thing that will stop this England team from becoming a great team is themselves. They need to ask themselves 'what can we be?'" The Phil Vickery column
The latest Monday Maul looks at the hectic final weekend, the Lions hangover, the superb Mike Brown and the 'selfie'
"At the crux of this England team is a lack of fear, they are not afraid to throw playbooks out of the window." Tom Hamilton reports from Twickenham
"These little deft touches, the nuances O'Driscoll has perfected are what Ireland will miss most." Tom Hamilton on Brian O'Driscoll's final Test in Dublin