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Inverdale condemns RFU proposals

BBC Sport presenter John Inverdale
Inverdale can be seen at Moseley Road watching Esher RFC

BBC Sport presenter John Inverdale has criticised plans for the National League One restructure that will see five clubs relegated this season.

The Rugby Football Union's proposals will mean that only the top 11 clubs will enter the new Championship.

Esher, who Inverdale supports, are currently in 12th place.

He told BBC Southern Counties Radio: "The whole thing has been handled abominably badly by the RFU, and some would say no surprise there."

Esher are looking to consolidate their position in National One with a view to going full-time in the near term and Inverdale feels these proposals have come at the completely wrong time for his club and others.

"This season began in August with two clubs going down. You budget and plan on that basis anyway. Suddenly, four months later it's five down," he said.

"Talk about moving the goalposts. That's not just shifting them along the goal line, that's putting them on the 22.

"If, as what should have happened, the RFU had made the definitive decision yesterday that it was five down next season, then every club - not just Esher - has 18 months to decide what they want to do for the future."

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see also
Championship plan gains support
14 Nov 08 |  English
Plan could kill club game - Dawe
12 Nov 08 |  English
Otter concerned by RFU proposals
11 Nov 08 |  Rugby Union
Esher criticise 'disgraceful' RFU
04 Nov 08 |  Rugby Union

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