THE survey of clubs in National Leagues Two and Three gauging opinion on the prospect of a 12-month postponement to the introduction of Super 6, and on a bar on ‘Club XVs’ of Super 6 organisations being placed in the national leagues, has concluded – with a majority in favour of both propositions.
Each club in these two leagues was presented with two statements, which they were invited to agree or disagree with.
The first statement was –
That, until a full assessment and agreement is reached of both the outcomes of the recent club surveys and the forthcoming “MacColl Recommendations” by the National 2 & 3 Clubs Forum, we call upon our Forums’ Council representatives to petition the SRU Council forthwith to seek a delay to the proposed introduction of the “Super 6” concept.
Eight clubs in National League Two agreed with the statement, three disagreed and one made no decision; while six clubs in National League Three agreed, two disagreed and four did not provide a response.
The second statement was –
That, specifically, in the event that the “Super 6” concept is introduced (whenever), those club sides associated to or forming part of any “Super 6” franchise be not permitted to play in any national club league unless or until such is specifically agreed by the Clubs at AGM / SGM.
Once again, eight clubs in National League Two agreed with the statement, three disagreed and one made no decision; while all eight of the respondents in National League three agreed with statement.
Overall, that means: 14 of 24 clubs in these two leagues are for a postponement to Super 6, five believe it should go ahead as scheduled and five either did not respond or did not express an opinion; while 16 of 24 clubs oppose ‘Club XVs’ of Super 6 organisation playing in the national leagues, three would allow entry and five did not respond or did not express on opinion.
The results of this survey have been passed on to Graeme Scott of Whitecraigs and Andrew Little of Highland – the Council representatives of the joint National League Two and Three forum – to be fed into the ongoing review of league structure being carried out by the Scottish Rugby Standing Committee on Governance, under its independent chair Gavin McColl QC.
As far as the SRU and the Super 6 clubs are concerned, it is full steam ahead. The governing body confirmed earlier today that the license agreements for the new competition have now been signed, and at the the same time officially unveiled the identities of the full-time coaches who will be charged with driving the rugby element of this initiative forward.