Kennedy shoulders the blame

02 March 2018 05:58:04 EST

London Irish's director of rugby Nick Kennedy has backed the idea of ring-fencing the Aviva Premiership.

The Exiles are currently bottom of England's top-flight and appear destined to spend next season in the Championship, despite defeating Worcester Warriors last weekend.

Irish have invested to try and stay in the Premiership and Kennedy believes that ring-fencing would allow them to look more in-house for players.

"Young English talent would play more from a London Irish point of view and that's going to help the national team, and that's going to help my planning," he said.

"I can also see the other point of view with Ealing playing some great rugby (in the Championship) at the moment and you wouldn't want to close the window off completely to those guys.

"I know there are lots of talks going on at the moment and I just hope they're hearing everyone's point of view."

Following the Exiles' disappointing campaign, Kennedy has taken responsibility for their shortcomings and admitted that his own performance has not been up to the required standard.

He added: "The boys have got a lot of belief and there have been so many close games. I've not quite been good enough to get those results.

"It's my fault I didn't change those losing bonus-points into wins. Someone else could have done that and I didn't.

"You think how you could have done it differently all the time. Often, it's not one thing, it's a combination of lots of small things."

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