All for player power but the fans are key

The Rugby Paper - - Views -

COLIN Boag and oth­ers rightly make the point that with­out play­ers there wouldn’t be a game, but it is also true that with­out sup­port­ers there wouldn’t be any ticket sales or TV money to pay the bills.

We have seen some bril­liant games dur­ing Septem­ber when the weather has been fair. Would it not be sen­si­ble to start mid-Au­gust and fin­ish late March so that fans can take ad­van­tage of the school hol­i­days to travel to sup­port their team? Al­ter­na­tively, start the Six Na­tions in Jan­uary and let most of the play­ers have a win­ter break if you want to play un­til late May.

Lit­tle thought seems to be given to trav­el­ling fans, es­pe­cially at Christ­mas and New Year when we want der­bies. My own team, Tigers, play at home to Sara­cens be­fore Christ­mas and away to Ex­eter at New Year, a long trek from the East Mid­lands. We should be play­ing Wasps at New Year – it would be a sell out.

SI­MON MARLOWRIDLEY, Hinck­ley

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