Has the LV Cup lost its sheen?

first_imgNORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 20: Gloucester celebrate victory with the trophy during the LV= Anglo Welsh Cup Final between Gloucester and Newcastle Falcons at Franklin’s Gardens on March 20, 2011 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) Gloucester celebrate winning the 2011 LV Cup Katie Field questions the future of a competition which has lost its focal point…THE victory celebrations were loud and long, but will Gloucester’s 34-7 win over Newcastle in this spring’s LV= Cup final be the last of its kind for an English Premiership club?Cup final day used to be the climax of the club season in England, but the cup has been so severely devalued by the powers-that-be in the past two years that its very existence is in peril.The top-flight clubs were taken out of the old RFU knockout cup and put into the Anglo-Welsh version, which upset traditional rugby folk. But at least there was still a Twickenham final and 54,899 fans turned up to see Cardiff Blues defeat Gloucester 50-12 in the 2009 showpiece.However, the 2010 and 2011 LV= Cup finals were played at neutral club grounds and the fans took the hint that it is now just a sideshow; 12,024 watched Northampton beat Gloucester at Sixways in 2010, but only 6,848 were at Franklin’s Gardens as Gloucester made it third time lucky last month with some wonderful attacking rugby. Strangely, 12,533 had packed Kingsholm seven days earlier for the semi-final, but having just a week between the games is helpful to no one.So, is it time to can the cup and just focus on the Premiership and Europe? Do the winners merit a Heineken Cup place when so many clubs field weakened teams in it? Gloucester’s coach Bryan Redpath sees the pros and cons.“If you win it and get into the Heineken Cup because of that, you’ll say it’s a good competition,” he chuckles. “But with clubs not spending as much money and squads getting smaller, do we need a fixture list that’s packed from the middle of August right through until now?” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Gloucester center_img Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit Redpath says the LV= Cup let him give valuable game time to youngsters like Rupert Harden and Yann Thomas this season.“It’s also been good for our senior players, like Olly Azam, to win a trophy,” he adds. “The powers-that-be need to sit down and look at the bigger picture and see what’s best.”This article appeared in the May 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UKlast_img read more

GRA praises two gardai who died over the weekend

first_img WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications By News Highland – May 27, 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Facebookcenter_img The Garda Representative Association has paid tribute to two Gardaí who died over the weekend.GRA president Jim Mulligan said the loss of Garda David Hearne and Garda John McCallion was devastatingGarda Hearne, who died in a diving accident off Hook Head, was attached to the Road Traffic Unit, in the South East. He previously served as a diver in the Garda Water Unit, and in July 2002, was one of the crew of a Garda boat which rescued six people from the water off Rathmullan when their boat, the ‘Charlie’s Angel’ began to sink rapidly.Meanwhile, Garda John McCallion, who died while cycling near his hometown of Swinford, Co Mayo, came from a family of gardai.Mr Mulligan said his death will be particularly painful for his family because his brother, Robbie was killed in the line of duty in Co Donegal ten years ago last month.He added the passing of both men is all the more tragic considering they leave behind seven children between them. GRA praises two gardai who died over the weekend Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Google+ Previous articleHarps back at the Brandywell for EA Sports Cup quarter-finalNext articleRelay for Life Donegal’s Ecumenical Service 26/05/19 News Highland last_img read more