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Plans To Extend Aviva Premiership Are “Dead In The Water”

The controversial plans which look to extend the Aviva Premiership season to 10 months are “dead in the water” according to Rugby Players Association chief Damian Hopley.

Last year, Premiership Rugby revealed its intentions to extend the season to 10 months from the 2019/20 season onwards but it was met with significant backlash from many quarters, especially the RPA, who cited player welfare as a major concern.

It was hoped the extension in the season would reduce the overlaps between club rugby and international rugby and that it would provide more rest periods for players but the RPA have been against this from the get-go.

“We remain committed to delivering a viable and flourishing game in England, but not at all costs,” Hopley told BBC Sport.

“The health and well-being of our members remains our priority, be that around season structures, growing concerns over artificial playing surfaces or ongoing welfare support both during their playing careers and through the transition into retirement.”

The RPA confirmed their opposition to the proposal at a board meeting last month in what has been described as “the most significant in the near-20 year history of the RPA”.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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