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SRU to invest in tier below Pro14 
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Post SRU to invest in tier below Pro14
The SRU are to move towards a semi-pro league between Pro14 and club rugby.

Club rugby will become fully amateur, while the their above will be made up of 6 teams, 1 from each of the academy sites plus 2 other teams.
7 clubs have applied for the 6 spots.

Has anyone got any ideas as to who has applied, who will get the spots and MORE IMPORTANTLY, who should get the franchise spots.

My suggestions would be
Edinburgh City ( group of Currie, Watsonians and SMFP)
Glasgow Hawks
Ayr
Borders
Aberdeen
Central districts (Stirling County and others)


Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:16 am
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Post Re: SRU to invest in tier below Pro14
The two pro clubs will have a steady supply of mediocre players from 4 clubs in Scotland and their colleges plus a supply of good players from the top 3 or 4 clubs in Australia and New Zealand, should they want them.


Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:36 am
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Post Re: SRU to invest in tier below Pro14
Not unlike the french Espoirs ...each of 30 pro teams has a development side of promising players normally limited to U23. Theycompete in leagues and there is a Chzmpionship process.

Having said that they sometimes are represented in Top14 sides and some have been capped before total Pro contract. cue Parra as anexample, there are others ...eg Chat the Racinghooker ...Tolofua etc...

Cynically, one could say that it hasn't succeded in enhancing french presence at the International and Top14 :D

In reality the teams are often occupied by privileged dev players that have been chery picked from junior rugby and their presence can be related to offset the regs which limits # of pro contracts in Top14 squads...

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