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Lewis Ludlam insists rugby has to change to survive amid Worcester and Wasps woes

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England star Lewis Ludlam says rugby needs to change to survive as a professional sport - and the players must play their part.

Ludlam captains Northampton against Leicester on Saturday at Franklin’s Gardens. It is the 250th East Midlands derby, a huge game yet not sold out with attendances across the league down.

Eighty miles away Worcester play what is expected to be their final fixture before being suspended on Monday. As with Wasps, another debt-ridden midlands club, administration beckons.

Ludlam said: “The way it’s going doesn’t look good for these clubs and I think we need to look at the structure of the Premiership.

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