"We want to launch Premiership 2 in 2025-26"
So it would seem that the idea of Premiership 2 has moved away from being a rumour to at least an intention - if not more.
This is not to say that it will actually happen in that time scale - or at all - but it does look as though there have at the very least been serious talks and plans laid.
As ever, money will be part of the equation: there is not enough of it of course and in that context this caught my attention.
The author, Alex Lowe, says that the loss of Joe Marchant to Stade Francais will be particularly galling for Borthwick as he will be unselectable. The reason Marchant has gone to France is that "the financial pinch in the Premiership was so acute that Harlequins could pay him only half of what was on offer in the Top 14".
This is not the last that we will hear on the subject but I cannot see how Premiership clubs can find the money to compete with the French. It would not be right for a few Premiership clubs to be subsidised by the RFU just to keep players in England if that meant that there would be even less money for everything else..