The Future for the PRO14 - Part 5 - How are the Unions doing?

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The Future for the PRO14 - Part 5 - How are the Unions doing?

Post by Pot Hale on Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:09 am

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Some of the Irish provinces seem to be doing fine.  Munster might be able to pay back a few shillings to Landsdowne HQ this season.  Leinster have finally started sharing. Connacht have survived Mr Grumpy and have managed another Challenge Cup quarter.  Could they make the final?
Ulster need a separate topic to cover all their issues.  Oh - and they have one.  

Italy.  Treviso are now Benetton and improving to the point of it being grudgingly admitted outside of Italy.  Zebre?  See Ulster above.  The FIR continue to fiddle the other unions while Rome burns.  

Scarlets on the other hand continue to see Byrne roam.  And sidestep.  The WRU must be grinning from ear to ear as Scarlets are simply steaming.   Who needs union monies when you can assemble a squad like this?  Top of their conference and finishing top of their pool in front of a packed house to gain a home quarterfinal in the Champions Cup. What more could you ask for?  Possibly a sneaky Welsh cap for Tadgh Beirne but little else to complain about.  If Gatland can harness the Scarlets, a la Leinster and Glasgow, and get Wales moving to the top in the Six Nations, the WRU might need to send a little more love (hard cash) over Llanelli way to encourage them further.  

Dragons got bought by the WRU.  And then hired an Irish coach. And then fixed their pitch.  And then things went so so.  And the jury went out on Jackman.  And then they started losing. A lot.  And then they had lots of announcements about new players for next season. And then they got knocked out of the Challenge Cup.  
And now it’s a wait for another season.  Not sure if the jury has come back in yet but Jackman has a battle on his hands.  

Ospreys continue to plumb new depths and eventually decided to fire their coach after failing in the Champions Cup once again.  Will they be in the Challenge Cup next season?

Cardiff have at least made the knockouts of the Challenge Cup but they’re still batting eyes at the WRU some say.  Will they succumb to the union’s clutches?

All the way down to Port Elizabeth for the new entrants.

The Southern Kings? See Zebre.  X 100.   Massive squad revamp needed and SARU investment.

Cheetahs?   Just when they’d notched another triumph on their league bedpost, came the news that another of their players had been nicked for another SR side. Their top try scorer is leaving too.  They’ve 8 wins in the bag, can they get a few more to make it into the playoffs?  

And finally the Scots.  Cockerill is definitely making inroads and if it doesn’t happen this season, they’ll be making life difficult in 2018/19 for a few of the higher up clubs. Their sassy and classy neighbours look strong prospects for the Championship title with a single loss so far.   Not too long ago, the SRU was making plaintive noises about the costs of running the two clubs and seeking private investors.  Then they went quiet.  Then they announced a profit for the first time in a long while.  And investment in academy is starting to pay off.  And the Test team isn’t doing too shabby either.  SRU CEO, Mark Dodson, says long term objective is to secure external investment to ensure the future of the game.  

We’ve had the first inkling of a change and expected increase in TV revenues for the Championship with EirSport announced as the new broadcaster for games in the Irish territory.  Anayi & Co still have to deliver a substantial increase on previous revenues.  The SARU/SuperSport deal has ensured part of that with a reported 36m six-year agreement.   What will GB deliver?

Private investment and Union control/money.  Will a happy marriage eventually be reached?
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Post by Brendan on Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:59 am

Not sure if anyone saw but Zebre got 5k at the weekend

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Post by VinceWLB on Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:43 am

Brendan wrote:Not sure if anyone saw but Zebre got 5k at the weekend

Almost 6k but that was at a different venue in L'Aquila.

Kings also had a decent crowd last week when they moved to George, back to PE this week and it was barely 3.5k..

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Post by marty2086 on Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:53 am

VinceWLB wrote:
Brendan wrote:Not sure if anyone saw but Zebre got 5k at the weekend

Almost 6k but that was at a different venue in L'Aquila.

Kings also had a decent crowd last week when they moved to George, back to PE this week and it was barely 3.5k..

Think there was some sort of rugby festival on in L'Aquila at the weekend with kids games and a club game too so they tapped into a crowd there, it's something clubs need to look at. Picking the right ground and building up a solid fanbase but one off games might draw a crowd that regular games don't

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Re: The Future for the PRO14 - Part 5 - How are the Unions doing?

Post by Brendan on Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:26 pm

marty2086 wrote:
VinceWLB wrote:
Brendan wrote:Not sure if anyone saw but Zebre got 5k at the weekend

Almost 6k but that was at a different venue in L'Aquila.

Kings also had a decent crowd last week when they moved to George, back to PE this week and it was barely 3.5k..

Think there was some sort of rugby festival on in L'Aquila at the weekend with kids games and a club game too so they tapped into a crowd there, it's something clubs need to look at. Picking the right ground and building up a solid fanbase but one off games might draw a crowd that regular games don't

Will be interesting to see the size of the crowd for the derby game hopefully they can get over 6k

They have both surpassed their highest attendance and also average is up .

One downside was the 1k who watched Zebre take on Cardiff


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Post by Intotouch Today at 3:57 am

How are the attendances in Wales and Scotland this year compared to previous years?

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