Premiership Rugby promises to restore decline amid fears the abandonment of one-up, one-down format will deprive the sport of its dramatic last-day drama
- The Premiership Rugby has committed to reinstating promotions and relegations
- There were concerns that the current system would turn into a long-term closed store
- Without the risk of a relegation, the games will not be high at stake this weekend
- The managing director of the People’s Republic of Poland said that the format one up, one down will be resumed
Premiere Rugby they are committed to bringing back promotions and relegation – but deny that the lack of a threat has hurt the league’s attractiveness.
Without the threat of any club descending into the championship, many of the regular season’s final round this weekend will be devoid of high-stakes intensity.
There were fears that the fence system might become a long-term closed store, but PRL chief executive Simon Massie-Taylor insisted that the one up, one down format be reopened.
The Premiership Rugby continues to be committed to reinstating promotion and relegation
“The intention was to move to the 14-team league so it was disappointing that Ealing didn’t live up to the standards and didn’t show up,” he said.
“It is expected that there will be a promotion next season, followed by a promotion-relegation. It will be play-offs at the end of the 2023-24 season.
“There is an intention to drop this moratorium in the last few years, which was important for Covid’s recovery.
“It was the right decision to keep the 13 clubs that existed in the Premiership. It’s a miracle that they survived.
Massie-Taylor argued that fencing did not diminish public interest. “Viewer numbers have increased this year,” he said.
Meanwhile, Henry Slade will leave the English Australian tour after shoulder surgery. Slade’s teammates from Exeter Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jack Nowell and Jonny Hill should be in good shape.
President of the Polish People’s Republic, Simon Massie-Taylor (above), insisted that the one up, one down format be resumed as planned