Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Which is unsurprising really following the RFU's decision to allow the insolvent Yorkshire Carnegie to kick off the forthcoming season in the Championship at the expense of Richmond who were relegated last season.
Whilst there is an understandable desire to ensure the survival of professional rugby in the north, Richmond does have a more than compelling case that it cannot possibly be in the interests of the game that clubs be allowed to rack up huge debts with players not fully paid and contracts cancelled.
Especially when, given the reprieve, said club then recruits the likes of Joe Ford at - one imagines - not inconsiderable expense.
Apparently the RFU decision is under review. Watch this space.