Sports & Recreation
Brian Moore: There is not enough money and English talent to populate even one professional league
This week we saw one team go down to 11 men, the RFU give out 28 contracts, and the prospect of the Premiership scrapping relegation return to the headlines. Discussing all this with Brian Moore is the former Springbok, Thinus Delport.
Listen in as Brian and Thinus debate the merits of the idea to create a single league in England by looking at how the structure used in the Pro14 and Super Rugby have affected the level of rugby played, what the business implications would be, and whether smaller teams genuinely want to be promoted.
We discuss the latest round of fixtures in the Premiership including that crazy finish at Sixways as Bath were reduced to eleven men against Worcester. To understand what is going on at the Rec we speak with former Lion, England, and Bath full back Matt Perry who says the way that Bath capitulated from 19-3 up is a mark of where they're at.
With Thinus in studio we take the opportunity to get a South African perspective on the Pro14. Are the teams struggling? Is the experiment a success? And what is the future of the competition? These are just some of the questions we asked.
Plus with the RFU announcing 28 contracts for its women's team, we speak with the Telegraph's rugby reporter Kate Rowan to explain the story, and we speak with one of the women receiving a contract, Emily Scarratt, to tell us what it means to her.
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