Should elite rugby be ring-fenced?

Should elite rugby be ring-fenced?
Should elite rugby be ring-fenced?
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What a great piece of rugby writing in the Daily Telegraph today; with the focus on the negotiations between Aviva Premiership and the RFU that could lead to a 14 team league.

The shock to many is the concept of no relegation. Some think this may take a temporary form others are not so sure.

Our feature writer Alex Shaw posted an article as the debate about The Daily Telegraph article was creating fierce debate on Twitter.

Here are a few of the posts from well-known figures in the game:

This got us thinking about the impact on other leagues including the Greene King IPA Championship, National 1 and National 2 plus BUCS University Rugby.

Earlier this season we were hugely impressed as Martin Haag assembled a Championship XV to compete against the Canadian national side. The result was a win for the Championship.

We know that the England Saxons have until recently competed in the Churchill Cup with Canada as an opponent; so we asked our correspondents Alex Shaw and Steve Smith to select a Saxons and Championship side. Here’s who they picked; but who would win?

England Saxons Championship XV
Alex Corbisiero Northampton 1 Gaston Cortes Bristol
Luke Cowan-Dickie Exeter 2 Max Crumpton Bristol
Jake Cooper-Woolley Wasps 3 Campese Ma'afu Nottingham
Maro Itojie Saracens 4 Matt Cox Worcester
Graham Kitchener Leicester 5 Sam Betty Worcester
Dave Ewers Exeter 6 Brent Wilson Nottingham
Luke Wallace Harlequins 7 Chris Brightwell Moseley
Jack Clifford Harlequins 8 Mark Bright London Scottish
Joe Simpson Wasps 9 Dwayne Peel Bristol
Henry Slade Exeter 10 Douglas Flockhart Doncaster
Marland Yarde Harlequins 11 Tom Biggs Worcester
Kyle Eastmond Bath 12 PJ Gidlow London Scottish
Elliot Daly Wasps 13 Andy Symons Worcester
Christian Wade Wasps 14 Sam Smith Worcester
Mike Haley Sale 15 Chris Pennell Worcester

Tonight at Fylde Rugby, England Counties take on Scotland and the team is full of National 1, 2 and 3 players.

So we asked Steve Smith and Chris Heal to select us a National 1 team to play against a National 2 team. These are the two teams but who would win?

National League 1 XV National League 2 XV
Jamie Kilbane Ealing 1 Max Ashcroft Sedgley Park
Alan Walker Ealing 2 John Gatford Taunton
James Cleverly 3 Sean Olayanju Dorking
Llewellyn Jones Ealing 4 Joe Makin Hull Ionians
Chris Wearmouth Blaydon 5 Charlie McGowan Worthing
Dan Thomas Hartpury College 6 Oskar Hirskyi Douglas Henley
David Allen Blackheath 7 Lawrence Cowem Hull Ionians
Hugo Ellis Rosslyn Park 8 David Ford Chester
Alex Walker Ealing 9 Isaac Green Hull Ionians
Gareth Thompson Hartpury College 10 Joe Tanner Ampthill
Oli Brennand Fylde 11 Harry Hudson Otley
Chris Briers Fylde 12 Nick Hankin Bishops Stortford
Robert Knox Coventry 13 Tom Allen Henley
Philip Chesters Ealing 14 Joe Berics Ampthill
Cliffie Hodgson Coventry 15 Matt McClean Worthing