SRU's Dodson On Investment In Falcons And Super 6 League

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21 March 2018

An interview with SRU chief executive Mark Dodson by BBC Scotland journalist, Tom English published this week provides some insight into two major issues facing the SRU from the man in charge investment in an English Premiership club and the new Super 6 league:

On investment in Newcastle Falcons:

"There's been a lot of noise about the union wanting to partner with an English club," he said. "First it was Worcester and now we have Newcastle.

"It's our desire to get involved in the English Premiership. It's a league of great importance and it's a way that we can, perhaps, gain access to a third [professional] team, because it's probably impossible in Scotland, given the economic climate, to have a third franchise."

"We've been looking at the English Premiership for the last three years. It's just about finding the right partner in the right place.

"It's too early to say what a Newcastle deal would look like. We're just having conversations with several people, but we would like to work with them in a partnership. It would give some of our players the opportunity to taste what it's like in the Premiership.

"We all believe in the financial strength of that league. It's a good, strong league and it will only get stronger.

On criticism of the new Super 6 club competition due to start in season 2019-20. (The franchise winners will be announced on 1 May):

"If you listen to the people who bleat the loudest, they

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