Carling warns of strain on players
Thursday 06 June 1996
Carling, speaking on behalf of senior players, stressed that the England team must come first in the club versus country argument and he viewed next season's fixture list with great concern.
A member of a successful team who are committed to 22 league matches and possibly 10 more in European Cup and Pilkington Cup tournaments could reach 40 matches per season, with his international commitments added in. Carling pointed out the clubs are in danger of making demands on their main players that will detract from the health of the national game.
"There is genuine worry that the clubs' commercial aspirations have driven them to demand a level of competition which will neither improve the all- important standards of play or is in the interests in the financial health of the game," he said. "The long-term prosperity of English rugby will be secured at international level. England must compete and win at world level. The clubs must take this on board.
"We have examples of problems in other sports where clubs control the players and play them too frequently at an inferior quality level, so that when players take the international stage they are neither adequately prepared nor as sharp as they might like to be."
He said that could disillusion young players who develop their enthusiasm for the sport from watching the national side.
"The players are worried that the clubs, in their short-term rush to success, will overlook the long-term ambitions and will saturate the market with matches, and possibly TV coverage, which could lead to general boredom."
Latest in Sport
Loic Remy to Liverpool: Striker undergoes medical in Boston ahead of £8.5m move
Commonwealth Games 2014 Opening Ceremony: Ewan McGregor launches Unicef charity fundraiser, making £2.5m in one night
Manchester United transfer news: Arturo Vidal subject of £39m bid
Sami Khedira, Isco and Angel di Maria among Real Madrid players up for grabs this summer
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers (and giant cans of Irn Bru) welcome in Glasgow's Games
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
£110 - £130 per day + Pay between ?110 - ?130 Day: Randstad Education Cardiff:...
£480 per day + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: SAP Deployment Manager-Ta...
£50000 per annum + benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Urgently seeking a Dynam...
£350 - £400 per day: Orgtel: Test Lead, London, Banking, Financial Reporting, ...