Am­a­teur sides can do it…

Rugby World - - NEXT MONTH - John Throup, Heaton Mersey, Cheshire Archie Craigie Halkett, Ed­in­burgh @Real­ly­fubar, via Twit­ter

So far this sea­son I’ve watched three very en­ter­tain­ing matches in­volv­ing am­a­teur teams at level six.

I haven’t seen a col­lapsed scrum, or a penalty given away at a scrum. I’ve seen two re­set scrums, one of which was in very wet con­di­tions when both front rows lost their foot­ing.

It makes me won­der why the highly paid pro­fes­sion­als at the top of the game seem un­able to mas­ter the ba­sic skills of scrum­mag­ing. coun­tries out­side these com­pe­ti­tions will be in­volved. The Six Na­tions sides host the com­pe­ti­tion. The best three teams from the Six Na­tions play the best three from the Rugby Cham­pi­onship once. The other three Six Na­tions teams play the bot­tom Rugby Cham­pi­onship team and the two other teams once.

The top teams play for the Gold Cup and the oth­ers for the Sil­ver Cup. One point for a win (Six Na­tions or Rest of the World), play­ing ex­tra-time if nec­es­sary.

For ex­am­ple, it could look like this: SIL­VER CUP

France Eng­land Italy

GOLD CUP

Ire­land Wales Scot­land New Zealand South Africa Aus­tralia at the cen­tre of a club, and a ‘throw money at it’ ap­proach just wasn’t go­ing to cut it. I’m shocked!

On the slideToulon lost to New­cas­tle

Pro scrumMun­ster

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