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  1. #4441
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    Ouch. Not overly surprising when you look at the players on their books.

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    They were warned about it too.

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    Saracens relegated.

    Canít help but feel this will ultimately end up with the premiership in deep shit, and potentially a whole new competition.
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    Seems a bit like Turkeys voting for xmas

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    That's fucking bullshit. You can't go from a points deduction to relegation within a couple of months. Yes, Sarries were a little bit "cheeky", but Premiership Rugby were at fault for allowing the situation to occur, and have now hugely overreacted.
    My name is Geoff...

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    Looked like they were getting a bit too close to staying up, so premiership stepped in.
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    No. It looks like they were £650k over the salary cap when they got caught, and now are £1m over the salary cap having been asked to reduce it.
    There are only two man-made objects that can be seen from space.

    1. The Great Wall of China

    2. Low Hill at Christmas

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    I have no sympathy. Cheatriots of the rugby world.
    There are only two man-made objects that can be seen from space.

    1. The Great Wall of China

    2. Low Hill at Christmas

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    Not really. Most of their star players are home grown, a good number have come through their own youth setup. They broke the salary cap by trying to keep them in England (and playing for England).
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    Bath did that for years and years and years. So did Leicester. (without the naughtiness)

    Get them jobs (sinecures) in the area.
    There are only two man-made objects that can be seen from space.

    1. The Great Wall of China

    2. Low Hill at Christmas

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    The Rugby Thread

    Different rules and different times. And if you think Bath and Leicester didnít break the amateur rules for years and years then Iíd like to be as trusting as you.

    Edit - isnít that what Sarries weíre doing? Helping players have an opportunity to earn outside of the game?
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    More concerned with the integrity of the league now. Saracens are there to complete the fixture list now. Can’t see them exerting to much effort in the league especially considering the only thing they’ve got left is Europe.
    Plus if they win the European cup they can’t defend that either next season, to add to the farce there’s no salary cap in the championship either.

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    Saracens deducted another 70 points because.

    https://twitter.com/alastaireykyn/st...901211136?s=21

    Nothing like making up rules as you go along to promote consistency.
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    It seems a bit pointless to me (although not as pointless as Saracens will be).

    They have stated that the relegation will happen. Why put a deduction in to ensure it, when the decision is already done?
    There are only two man-made objects that can be seen from space.

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    Get the feeling they are making it up as they go along and pushing as far as they can. Interesting to see what happens to Bristol in the near future.
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    Yeah - they seem to have really sprung up on the ladder since their promotion. I also have some suspicions about Exeter. They were a bang average second tier side and suddenly went nuclear.

    Like we discussed before, I am damn sure that Bath, Leicester and Harlequins were all at it at the end of the amateur era (I KNOW Phil De Glanville was given a "consultancy" role at a place where I was being interviewed for a Co Sec job, they were very proud of it - and that was when Bath wouldn't have been able to pay him). I'm not sure what the endgame is here.
    There are only two man-made objects that can be seen from space.

    1. The Great Wall of China

    2. Low Hill at Christmas

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    Its entirely correct that clubs should follow the rules, but the hubris (if that is the correct word?) shown by the other clubs is likely to bite them in the ass in the future. I'd have less sympathy with Sarries if this were a case of a club signing players on massive contracts from other clubs (like, say Bristol), but this is a case of a club trying to keep players they had developed in the most part.
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    The REAL problem is that, apart from the rule about international call-ups for England players playing outside England, the French salary cap is basically the equivalent of Premier League football versus Championship. Unless you over-pay or players are ridiculously Eddie Jones loyal, you are going to leak prime assets.
    There are only two man-made objects that can be seen from space.

    1. The Great Wall of China

    2. Low Hill at Christmas

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    True, got chatting to an ex-All black who plays in France and said the salaries on offer are huge compared to other countries.
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    It's night and day what people like Toulouse and Clermont can pay. And you would imagine Racing is even more.
    There are only two man-made objects that can be seen from space.

    1. The Great Wall of China

    2. Low Hill at Christmas

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    Quote Originally Posted by tredman View Post
    True, got chatting to an ex-All black who plays in France and said the salaries on offer are huge compared to other countries.
    can you say which ex-AB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    can you say which ex-AB?
    Yeah, it was Tawera Kerr-Barlow. Plays scrum half and came on in the 2015 final. Sat next to him on a flight to the US late last year. Nice guy - saw he wasnít going to play many more games for the ABs and signed for La Rochelle when he was only 29. Got 4 kids so money was important I think.
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    Lawes at 6. FFS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nando View Post
    Lawes at 6. FFS.
    Who would you have instead? I quite like him there, with Billy injured we are a bit light in the back row.
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    I’m really surprised you haven’t called up a specialist number 8
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    1. The Great Wall of China

    2. Low Hill at Christmas

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    Donít know who we would call up.
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    Dombrandt or Simmonds, or Ludlum from those in the squad and leave Curryhill alone.

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    Quite looking forward to the England France game. Clearly a new broom is sweeping through the France squad and most of the team lining up against you will be different from the team we faced in the Rugby WC QF. Plus Shaun Edwards and super-pragmatic defensive systems and French fluid rugby seems a difficult mix. Could be a decent watch.

    It looks like a standard six nations of the last few years

    England Wales Ireland
    France





    Scotland














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    There are only two man-made objects that can be seen from space.

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    2. Low Hill at Christmas

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    Looking forward to this opening weekend. Can see me not leaving the house for 2 days, with all the sport this weekend.
    On matchdays, I reckon it'll be a long time before my name is darlowolf...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonjelly View Post
    Looking forward to this opening weekend. Can see me not leaving the house for 2 days, with all the sport this weekend.
    That housecoat is going to get a hammering this weekend.

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