Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


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 is essential.

  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 be acceptable.

  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 the game.

  We hope that this is helpful.

May 1999

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