New English rugby breakaway fears as Championship clubs consider legal action if Premiership ends relegation
- Championship clubs are threatening to breakaway from English rugby
- Four clubs ready for legal action if Premiership ends promotion and relegation
- Championship sides also looking into possibility of joining teams in the PRO14
English rugby is facing the threat of a breakaway by Championship clubs if the Premiership gets rid of relegation.
Nottingham, Coventry, Ealing Trailfinders and Cornish Pirates are all ready to take legal action after Sportsmail revealed Premiership sides want to end promotion and relegation.
The Championship sides are also looking into the possibility of joining Welsh, Irish, Scottish, Italian and South African teams in the PRO14.
English rugby is facing the threat of a new breakaway by Championship clubs
Nottingham director Simon Beatham said: ‘Would we sit back and say we’re fine with ring-fencing? Christ no. We’ll challenge it in whatever way we can.’
Ealing Trailfinders owner Mike Gooley said: ‘This business of ring-fencing is absolutely counter to the spirit of sport. It might also be unlawful.’
Leaked board meeting minutes have shown that Premiership clubs have also discussed a breakaway from the RFU.
Sportsmail revealed that Premiership sides want to end promotion and relegation