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    Posted: 30 Jul 2020 at 13:55

It is the year 2030 and English rugby after a tumultuous 45 years has finally settled down and is now reaping the success of a peace treaty signed five years ago between the RFU, PRL and Players Unions.

Four English teams now compete in the Global league.  The Northern Vikings last years winners of the ‘Agustín Pichot Conference are expanding their stadium in Wakefield to take into account a growing (double digit) fan base who are eager to see English internationals play in every league game.

The peace deal solved the issue of player welfare as each International player is now able to play all 10 games in the global league for their team (plus the Super Shield if they reach the final) plus the 10 internationals that England play in each globally structured season.  No longer do the clubs fight with the RFU over player access or income – as the RFU are now equal shareholders in each of the top four sides together with the original shareholders and CVC investors.  The upward growth in revenue keeps everyone happy even the players who are part of a profit share pool.

And there is profit – the latest deal with a leading Chinese website and American media organisation has brought untold wealth – enough for the rest of the game to benefit to numbers only imaginable 10 years ago.

The RFU used their share to pay off all debts associated with Twickenham with more than enough to finance investments at grassroots to a level never seen before in any other sport.  They are considering a bid to take over the Rugby League which is now exclusively played in Canada and the USA since the unfortunate demise of the game along the M62 corridor or the ‘Fran Cotton Way’ as it is now known.

Some of the old established names of English club rugby are sadly no longer with us.   Bath finally gave up hope of ever developing the Rec and folded; London Irish were disbanded after been prosecuted by the Advertising Standards Agency and Bedford shocked the game by buying out Northampton Saints and developing Franklin Gardens as a site for an Amazon warehouse.  Saracens have probably changed the most and are now playing on a park pitch in North London.  There are suggestions they once played there before, but no one can confirm this as a fact.

 

 

 

 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Halliford Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jul 2020 at 16:45
Great bit of scenario planning! 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote clieves Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jul 2020 at 18:17
Hopefully I'll still be around to confirm this ! 

There are suggestions they once played there before, but no one can confirm this as a fact.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote greeneyed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 09:27
It is the year 2030 and the price of a pint is 4,000 renminbi.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 11:12
Looking back is interesting too. Championship table 26.10.13: Top - London Welsh, second - Rotherham, sixth - Leeds, seventh - Plymouth, 11th - Moseley,12th - Ealing.We all know the answer to 'where are they now?'
Of course, ringfencing might have produced a different story.
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Orwellian stuff.!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Old Hooker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 13:43
I bet the put ins are still crooked
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Richard Lowther Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 14:02
Originally posted by Old Hooker Old Hooker wrote:

I bet the put ins are still crooked

With the laws now under the control of the audience facilitation board with representation from all stakeholders, the replacement for the scrum has now been made permanent after its success in grassroots rugby.

The snap, where 6 forwards line up against each other but at at now legally obliged 2 metres interval, proved popular in audience feedback and increased the ball in play time by an astonishing 35 minutes.

There are still critics of the idea. Lord Brian Moore, the grand old doyen of English rugby, and former Chairman of World Rugby Plc, is known to voice his displeasure behind the scenes,  but afterthe Scottish andFrencht won their case at the Equality tribunal concerning historic complaints ofculturalstereotyping, his views are now widely discredited. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote oneagainstthehead Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 14:53
Originally posted by Richard Lowther Richard Lowther wrote:

Originally posted by Old Hooker Old Hooker wrote:

I bet the put ins are still crooked

With the laws now under the control of the audience facilitation board with representation from all stakeholders, the replacement for the scrum has now been made permanent after its success in grassroots rugby.

The snap, where 6 forwards line up against each other but at at now legally obliged 2 metres interval, proved popular in audience feedback and increased the ball in play time by an astonishing 35 minutes.

There are still critics of the idea. Lord Brian Moore, the grand old doyen of English rugby, and former Chairman of World Rugby Plc, is known to voice his displeasure behind the scenes,  but afterthe Scottish andFrencht won their case at the Equality tribunal concerning historic complaints ofculturalstereotyping, his views are now widely discredited. 
England and France continue to dominate European rugby after the prohibition of all under-shirt padding to encourage safer tackling. The Celtic nations have yet to adapt to playing without a chip on each shoulder.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Puli. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 16:18
Originally posted by Pappashanga Pappashanga wrote:

Looking back is interesting too. Championship table 26.10.13: Top - London Welsh, second - Rotherham, sixth - Leeds, seventh - Plymouth, 11th - Moseley,12th - Ealing.We all know the answer to 'where are they now?'
Of course, ringfencing might have produced a different story.

Remember speaking at a club dinner where the other speaker was the D of R at Rotherham who were in the Premiership at that time, he was speaking in favour of ring fencing (majority of those at the dinner disagreed with him) , often think that if he had got his wish would they now be playing in N2N. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Keppeltitan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 16:37
Witch DOR  of Roth was that because I was under the impression that Roth have always been against ring fencing whilst I have been a Roth member and supporter for getting on 40 years.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sidelined Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 16:54
I'd be surprised if Saracens haven't had to change their name by then, if only to keep peace. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Richard Lowther Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 17:42
Originally posted by sidelined sidelined wrote:

I'd be surprised if Saracens haven't had to change their name by then, if only to keep peace. 

By 2030 the accepted meaning of the word had changed to refer to  benefits provided by reasons of generousity or altruism. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Old Hooker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 21:18
By 2030 I would be a very old Hooker. I hope
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Halliford Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 22:35
Originally posted by Old Hooker Old Hooker wrote:

By 2030 I would be a very old Hooker. I hope

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote WINGER14 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Aug 2020 at 13:46
2030,  when Rugby,  Football and Cricket have been reclassified as 2nd tier sports.  The world of sport has been completely taken over by Women's Beach Volleyball.

Ah,  one can but Dream.
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Originally posted by greeneyed greeneyed wrote:

It is the year 2030 and the price of a pint is 4,000 renminbi.

Or Bitcoins, but I was favouring roubles. 
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Originally posted by Richard Lowther Richard Lowther wrote:

Originally posted by greeneyed greeneyed wrote:

It is the year 2030 and the price of a pint is 4,000 renminbi.

Or Bitcoins, but I was favouring roubles. 
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