Memorandum submitted by Waterloo Rugby
We have a number of brief points that we would
like the Committee to consider.
1. It is vital that the organising body
for professional rugby (ERP) is fully representative of all clubs
in the top divisions and not just those owned by individual entrepreneurs.
2. For this reason the RFU's active involvement
3. It is clear that further rationalisation
will be necessary as clubs realise that they cannot continue to
lose large amounts of money. It is important that these clubs
not be allowed to protect their own position to the disadvantage
of those more prudent.
4. We were happy with the original Leicester
agreement that established ERP and see no reason why this should
have been changed. The continuing pressure from some of the top
clubs in Division I to constantly change the rules should not
5. It is essential that the professional
clubs are pro-active in co-operating with governing bodies in
the promotion of the game both at amateur level and in schools.
We at Waterloo are proud of our work in this area.
6. Professional rugby should not be concentrated
in one or two geographical areas but spread around the country.
We do not think that a small number of elite clubs is good for
We hope that this is helpful.