Aviva Premiership preview: More noise, no salary cap, law changes... what the skippers want to see

There's plenty of opinions from this lot

Here's what 12 Aviva Premiership captains answered when asked what they would like to see in the top flight next year...

Read more: Captain Joe Marler set for new adventure
10 things to look out for this season

Dan Braid (Sale Sharks)

Referees are talking about keeping props’ heads apart at the scrum engagement. I just want them to reward the dominant pack. It’s a big part of the English game.

Stuart Hooper (Bath)

The year before a World Cup is always the most competitive. I hope all the English talent step up and seize international selection – including Bath’s new signing Sam Burgess.

George Skivington (London Irish)

I’d like to see consistency from London Irish. We lurched between too many highs and lows last season but have got a bigger squad now.

Tom May (London Welsh)

We’re working to build a proper infrastructure for London Welsh. The aim is to “do an Exeter” and establish ourselves in the Premiership.

Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)

I’d love to see a lock forward step up to take a winning penalty, like John Eales. It would be entertaining in the heat of battle!

Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester)

Every club should play under a roof with a good, firm pitch. I like the challenge of playing on rainy winter nights but could do without it.

Dean Mumm (Exeter Chiefs)

You can’t rule out human error with referees but keep the messages consistent. Don’t tell us one thing about the scrums in pre-season and then change it three months in. As ever, our supporters will play a huge role.

Joe Marler (Harlequins)

We need a change in the law on “choke” tackles: the team going forward when the maul is formed should keep possession.

Ally Hargreaves (Saracens)

Get rid of the salary cap. Look at French clubs and what they’re spending on their squads. We’d like to compete in a world market.

Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)

Bring in a mid-winter break. The players would recharge their batteries and it would be a chance to get a great Christmas dinner.

James Haskell (Wasps)

More crowd noise, but cut down the complaints. Rugby spectators tend to be quiet until it comes to the post-match critique. Players know when they’ve made a mistake.

Will Welch (Newcastle Falcons)

Exciting matches and higher try counts will keep fans happy and send rugby towards the World Cup next year in good shape.

BUY RUGBY WORLD CUP TICKETS

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most