With zero wins so far this season for Yorkshire Carnegie, relegation from the RFU Championship to National League 1 seems increasingly likely for a side that once finished fourth in the Premiership.
In December Yorkshire drafted in ex-Namibia boss Phil Davies. He had overseen their golden era in the noughties and said he saw himself as coming to help of a loved one in need: “When a friend or family member is in need, your natural reaction is to offer any help you can and the club has always felt like family to me.”
Prior to that, George Ford’s older brother Joe had taken the reigns as player-coach on a temporary basis following the sacking of Martyn Wood. In January Ford decided to leave the club with ‘immediate effect’ to concentrate on business activities away from rugby.
The RFU Championship table makes for a harrowing read for Yorkshire fans. They are rooted to the bottom of the table; currently 21 points adrift from 11th placed London Scottish.
Their points difference? Minus 439. That’s an average losing margin of 36 points across their 12 games.
A single losing bonus point is all they have to show for their season to date.