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Rugby: Reds chief positive over Premiership proposal

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JERSEY REDS chairman Mark Morgan has reacted positively to suggestions that Championship clubs may be offered a Premiership-partnership deal by the RFU.

Under the proposals, reportedly submitted by RFU director of professional rugby Nigel Melville last week, Championship clubs will be able to employ up to 12 first team players from a designated Premiership outfit, plus any number from their academy, as they look to rid the second tier of its financial woes.

However, sides signing up to the scheme will be forced to waive their right to promotion.

'Conceptually it's an excellent idea,' said Morgan, who is awaiting full details of the proposal. 'But it is going to depend on how quickly they can implement it. The Championship needs help now, so if it's a three-year plan it isn't terribly helpful.'

Full story in Thursday's JEP.

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