Originally Posted by liam2me
what travelling? the odd trip to scotland and wales? sure thats and hours flight, how much travelling do ya think S14 teams do?
Compare the S14 teams to the Heineken Cup, not the Celtic League/Rainbow Cup.
The matches between the Irish, Welsh and SA teams would be well attended. Not the case for the Italians and Scottish. For those teams, it would not be financially viable. hell, even Llanelli are in deep financial trouble if their plans for putting houses on Stradley Park and building a new out of town stadium don't go ahead. Which is looking less and less likely all the time.
There was a chance they'd collapse before christmas due to the £9 million debt, except a local millionare bailed them out.
To expect a team in that sort of trouble (Glasgow, Edinburgh and Connacht are in similar trouble) to fly to South Africa and Italy for cup matches is insanity.
Not to mention the vast expense the Italians would incurr, especially considering the size of their gates for domestic matches.