De­vel­op­ment Cup? Not ac­cord­ing to Worces­ter War­riors

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HOW ironic that Sale coach Neil Briggs thought the Premier­ship Cup was “a de­vel­op­ment com­pe­ti­tion” af­ter his side were put to the sword by Worces­ter last week.

It could have been if the RFU/PRL had any lat­eral think­ing and agreed a joint com­pe­ti­tion with the Cham­pi­onship.

Six pools of four with best two run­ners up for quar­ter-fi­nals and big­ger crowds at Cham­pi­onship grounds to see how they per­form against the fringe Premier­ship/Academy play­ers.

Will be in­ter­est­ing to see the at­ten­dance at Cham­pi­onship Cup matches, other than sea­son ticket hold­ers see­ing the same teams yet again. Is there a re­al­is­tic fi­nan­cial ben­e­fit for Cham­pi­onship clubs? I doubt it.

I for one as a Don­caster mem­ber will not be both­er­ing with these matches. If the Premier­ship Cup was sup­posed to be a de­vel­op­ment com­pe­ti­tion why not have them try out the ex­per­i­men­tal tackle law and risk be­ing banned, like they are in the Cham­pi­onship Cup?

Worces­ter were right to keep their mo­men­tum. PETER HOLLING Holm­firth WHAT is the point in the Premier­ship Cup? I thought it was a com­pe­ti­tion for aspir­ing play­ers just out of the academy with lit­tle first team op­por­tu­ni­ties. Not ac­cord­ing to Worces­ter. What a joke they would rest play­ers in Europe to go hard at this Cup. TONY EVANS via email

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