Martin Cross has a great pedigree, unimpeachable credentials but this great news is nothing like Manchester United not being allowed into the FA Cup. It’s like Arsenal’s Wunderkinden not being allowed in the London 2nd XI cup.
Leander are head and shoulders the most powerful club in British Rowing. They can afford to support their athletes in ways other clubs can only dream about.
While this news might mean that Leander can’t win it’s not going to open the door to all and sundry. The Thames cup in ’09 will still come from Molesey, Agecroft, London, Scullers or a similar setup with BIRO assistance and internationals on the roll.