Super Six Idea Gets Warm Response

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7 August 2017

Scottish Rugby’s new plan for a six-team semi-pro league from 2019-20 season was reported to have been met with approval at the SRU AGM on Saturday contrary to expectation of resistance from clubs.

A “Super Six” top tier will be created is designed to close the gap between the club game and pro teams with SRU chief executive, Mark Dodson not ruling out the creation of a third pro team playing in the PRO14 as a long-term outcome of a successful transformation.

The move is being backed with £3.6million of new Scottish Rugby investment over five years reaching every club in Scotland.

All the Super Six teams will be overseen by Scottish Rugby's High Performance department which will allocate funding for head coaches, strength & conditioning and analysis support. Funding costs for squads of 35 players will be split between Scottish Rugby and the clubs, with teams playing a 20 match season.

Each club will work with a budget of £127,500 provided on an equal basis by the club and the SRU.

A new 'Scottish Championship' of 12 teams will be created beneath Super Six alongside a new three division National League structure, all of which will contain wholly amateur teams.

With franchises in the Super Six running for five years at a time teams in the Scottish Championship and National Leagues can build stronger community ties and focus investment on developing their clubs in the absence of player payments.

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