London Irish captain David Paice has called for officials of the Aviva Premiership to scrap relegation, according to a report from Sky Sports.

Irish know that nothing less than a win against high flying Exeter Chiefs will do to realistically keep their survival hopes alive this season.

However, Irish hooker Paice, who was relegated with the side back in 2016, has called for bosses of the Premiership to look into scraping relegation if they want to be known as one of the best leagues in the world.

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Talking to the media, Paice had some strong opinions on the promotion and relegation regulations.

I’ve never believed in relegation. It doesn’t help international rugby. If the Premiership wants to be the best competition in the world, it could be even better if you take away promotion and relegation. Going down to the Championship [with Irish in 2016] made my views even stronger.

The London Irish skipper also admitted he would like to see the Premiership expanded, with the Anglo-Welsh Cup ditched to create more space for the extra league fixtures needed to take place, potentially bringing in one or two more teams.

Many pundits, including former England international Will Greenwood, also believe that an end to promotion and relegation could help England compete with the likes of New Zealand and Ireland.