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The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) are reportedly looking into the prospect of investing in Aviva Premiership side Newcastle Falcons, according to a report in The Times.
A proposed SRU takeover of Worcester Warriors failed earlier in the season, with the Scottish now turning their attention to the Falcons as they look expand beyond their current two professional PRO14 teams.
It’s no secret that Scotland wants a base in England, both for internationals that want to play in the Premiership, and in a bid to battle the English for potential dual-qualified players.
While a bid to take over Worcester was apparently blocked, taking a share in Newcastle is something that could be a lot more viable.
John Jeffrey, who is now on the SRU council, as well as the World Rugby executive committee admits a third team would likely be based outside of Scotland. He also hinted at an investment in Newcastle.
“We’ve only got two teams in the Pro14,” he said.
“It is highly unlikely, if we had a third team, that it would be based in Scotland.”
“It’s more now about where we can place players as opposed to buying a club. Newcastle would probably suit us in terms of logistics.”
Interesting stuff. Watch this space.