Rugby, the original version
9:02pm, 18 May 2023
ThorntonRunnerSo that's it for Wasps - how do we feel? Good riddance or sorry to see a giant of the English game in such straits? And is this the most dramatic step so far in the implosion of professional club rugby in England?
9:37pm, 18 May 2023
richmacTo be fair, it's only demotion to the tenth league, only take a decade to get back up.
But, seriously, a lot of people think professionalism has fucked union and while it's more unions failure to adapt as opposed to the nature of professionalism, they have a point.
Of the big clubs though no one thought it would be Wasps, until they started pissing about moving away from their fan base that is.
I hesitate to call them clubs now though, they're businesses often owned by cartels of dickhead wannabe football owners who have more ambition than brains.
The history and passion is still evident among the players and coaches but that just seems to have become a scalable commodity.
11:13pm, 18 May 2023
BadgerAs a long term Wasps fan, extremely sorry to see this happen to a former giant of the game.
They were doing just fine ground sharing at Loftus Road, then when they had to leave there they decided they needed their own stadium in case they were relegated then couldn't come back up. That worked out well then.
9:43am, 24 May 2023
richmacSo we have Barbars playing a world 15. Errr isn't that the Barbarians ?
7:42pm, 7 Jun 2023
richmacIrish out, didn't expect this extension to come to anything.
So what's going to happen next year? Ten club league with no relegation I guess.
I'd be in favour of having Jersey and Ealing come up with no obligations about capacity at grounds etc etc. One of them will go straight back down (probably) but at least it would be a proper competition.
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