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Trouble for Premiership big beasts shows money no guarantee of success | Robert Kitson

Leicester, Wasps and Bath are traditionally accustomed to the high life but find themselves stuck in the bottom four

If success in modern rugby union is entirely down to money it has an odd way of showing it. Look no further than the current Premiership table. Stuck in the bottom four along with Saracens, still deep in the minus numbers following their salary cap defrocking, are Leicester, Wasps and Bath. It is a bit like discovering Lord Grantham preparing his own breakfast in the pantry.

All three of the aforementioned clubs are traditionally more accustomed to the high life, albeit in contrasting settings. Leicester have the highest average attendance in the league, Wasps’s move to Coventry was only meant to bring milk and honey and this coming April will mark the 10th anniversary of the purchase of Bath by their multimillionaire owner, Bruce Craig. The solitary trophy during his tenure to date is the reserve A league title in 2014-15.

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