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Wray blasts RFU for Super 15 clash

Saracens chairman Nigel Wray hit out at the Rugby Football Union for scheduling the Super 15 game at Twickenham on the same day his side kept up the pressure at the top of the Aviva Premiership with a 24-9 win over Newcastle.

With such a long time between home games Wray was critical of the RFU for agreeing to stage the Crusaders against Sharks game - which was moved to Twickenham following last month's devastating earthquake in Christchurch - and provide direct competition for the domestic game.

Wray went even further declaring the season's fixturing "a shambles" and the RFU unfit to regulate the game. "How can you have the RFU as the regulator of the game, the person who, if you like, tells you when you can open shop for business when they are also a competitor," he said.

"They run competitive games as indeed can be seen when without a word or thought for the Premiership clubs, they organised at Twickenham a competing fixture involving Canterbury from New Zealand.

"Well, why not hold it on an international weekend? Competition is fine, of course, but you cannot be the regulator as well.

"I understand that the charity aspect is a factor, but £5 from every £40 ticket? This is our first home game since playing Leeds on February 20. That's five weeks, what a way to run a business.

"Can you imagine if Harrods told their customers they were closing for five weeks? Surprise, surprise, those customers would all go to Selfridges. The season is a shambles. Competitions collide with each other; we switch from one to the other never finishing any one competition off."

Saracens rugby director Mark McCall was less than excited by his team's performance despite the fact the victory keeps them in second place and hot on the heels of reigning champions and Premiership leaders Leicester.

McCall said: "That was very frustrating, a poor spectacle and I'm disappointed.

"We put more than 50 points on Newcastle in this fixture last season so give them credit for improvement with a number of young players on board. But we'll need to address the way we played during the week before taking on Bath at home next Sunday."


From Belfast Telegraph