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London Scottish consider Pro12 switch

RFU Championship side London Scottish are "open-minded" over a possible move to the Pro12, says club chairman Sir David Reid.

Rugby Football Union Championship side London Scottish are considering a switch to the Pro12, according to club chairman Sir David Reid.

However, Reid insisted that any move will depend on Championship funding and how England's second tier is run by the RFU.

"We're in the RFU Championship at the moment and there are possibilities around how that joins up with professional rugby: does it join up with Premiership Rugby or does it stay independently managed by the RFU? We're open-minded, not dictating things, but we're a participant and a responsible stakeholder so we'll need to look at our best options," Reid told The Rugby Paper.

"A lot of people would need to approve a move into the Pro12 and we'd be happy to look at all that, but in the meantime we've got to keep doing what we have been doing, which is to strengthen the club year-on-year by moving incomes up, bringing in further support and improving our coaching, youth and academy programmes.

"Premiership clubs are getting between £2m and £3m each and the Championship are getting just £350,000, so we believe there's a case to provide a lot more funding to second tier rugby to keep it healthy."

London Scottish currently sit third in the Championship behind Bristol and Worcester Warriors after five games.

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