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Re: Watching at Sixways
Posted by: w4rriorz1980
Date: 09/07/2020 23:13
Bumped into a few Bath players this week on a golf course down that way - They have been told that new season will start on Saturday 15th November .
So let me get this straight.
Circa August 15th the Premiership will resume.
9 games for some including us.More for those finishing top 4 & still in European competition.

Taking just the teams that will only play 9 games;

In normal circumstances 9 games would take around 2 months give or take.

Obviously what is being mooted is that the remaining league games are going to be completed over a far shorter time window especially if what above stated is true about the NEW SEASON starting mid November.

Say the 9 games are abridged to say around 1 month which in itself would be dangerous for the players,what of the teams who are in the play-offs & Europe? Even worse for those lucky enough to be in both!

They'd be 1.5 months at best if for pre season for a mid November start.There is at least 4 months for any given pre-season.

What with Sarries already relegated i guess condensing so many games into a short space of time can be negated by utilising a WHOLE squad so not to prevent burn out.This would be particularly advantageous to those in the play-offs & the latter stages of Europe.

Taking ourselves if we have to play 9 games in a short space of time do we try play our best team each game to try & get top 6 & Heineken Cup rugby or do we look after our players and utilise our entire squad knowing we can't be demoted?

If the new season did start in mid November then it would finish circa July/August 2021 then there would be the c.3-4 months pre-season then the 21-22 season would start Nov/Dec 21 and so forth.

Would we ever get a season resuming late Aug/early Sept again without compromising the safety of the players by having truncated pre-seasons just to start at said months of Aug/Sept?

IMHO opinion a lot of questions that still need answers not least for Sarries who maybe in the unique position of competing in the Premiership & the Championship concurrently!

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