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Rugby Football Union to fund travel for Cup games

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The Rugby Football Union has confirmed that it will fund air travel costs for Championship clubs involved in this season's British & Irish Cup.

All 12 Championship clubs participate in the competition, which also draws in sides from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Plymouth Albion chairman of rugby Graham Dawe told BBC Devon: "It's a small step, but it's going to make a big difference for the big trips.

"At least they've made one step in the right direction, which is great news."

He added: "Obviously we'd like them to go further, but it's a new competition and we've just got to see how it pans out as far as revenue is concerned.

We would like RFU to go further - Dawe

"At the moment we've got so much money unconditionally and the RFU are looking at increasing that with conditions, as far as English qualified players is concerned."

Dawe also said that he would like Championship clubs to be rewarded for players they produce who progress into the Premiership.

"There have been a lot of players who have been through these doors and then gone on to play in the Premiership," he said. "But there's nothing in place for any sort of revenues coming back.

"There should be an element of a little bit of payback maybe, but that's the situation we're in. We knew the situation and it's something that we have to deal with."

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