RUGBY LIONS LATEST: RFU ask for business plan

Rugby Lions - Webb Ellis Road, Rugby.
Rugby Lions - Webb Ellis Road, Rugby.

RUGBY Lions attended a meeting with the RFU and National Clubs Association on Friday to explain their situation - but no decisions over next season have yet been made.

Instead the club has been asked to provide further information and a business plan for a second meeting.

Current owner David Owen and Mike Aland - who took over the club last summer but has not completed the purchase - met with Peter Baines from the RFU and NCA chairman Norman Robertson at Twickenham. It is understood there were also other Lions representatives.

It follows the liquidation of the company Mr Aland set up to run the club, with players, staff and creditors still owed thousands of pounds.

A statement from the RFU said: “The Rugby Football Union met with representatives of Rugby Lions to seek clarification about the club’s financial circumstances following the winding up order in relation to The Rugby Football Club (2011) Ltd. Following discussions we have asked Rugby Lions to supply further financial information and a budget plan for next season before considering the next steps for the club.

“Our objective as a National Governing Body is to support our clubs and keep players on the field in successful competitions. But we have a responsibility to establish that the club can continue to compete throughout the 2012-13 season and sustain their position going forward.”

Lions have not released a statement, but we are told there will be one in due course.

With the season due to start on September 1, a spokesman said the club are working towards a tight deadline to fulfil the RFU’s requests and are confident they can do so.

There has been no information released about a potential squad, although they say they are continuing to receive enquiries from players all over the world. Training is due to start on August 13.

We understand the pitch has now been cut and the Lions are in discussions with the borough council to find alternative training facilities so that the ground can recover in time for the first home game.