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any new clubs joining championship 1 next year?


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#1 skep155

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 01:01 PM

Any new clubs joining championship 1 next year? Anyone heard any rumours? Not expecting anything to happen but it would be great if any clubs did make the step up.





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Posted 01 October 2010 - 01:34 PM

Very surreal I was going to ask the exact same question today! ph34r.gif blink.gif blush.gif

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#3 Matt J

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 02:39 PM

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 02:56 PM

Hunslet will be joining it after next season, I know that much.

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#5 shrek

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:05 PM

Whilst not on the cards, could the Super League sides not enter U20's at Championship level, under the proviso they can rise no higher than The Championship obviously.

Would bring Sunday rugby back to towns that now only tend to play on a Friday evening, could give a shot in the arm to the attendances of clubs, I would imaging Swinton v Wigan in Championship 1 would pull in well above Swintons average gate for this season as an example.

Plus would give some of our younger players a chance to shine in the spotlight given the additional Sky coverage that the Championship divisions now attract.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:11 PM

QUOTE (shrek @ Oct 1 2010, 04:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Whilst not on the cards, could the Super League sides not enter U20's at Championship level, under the proviso they can rise no higher than The Championship obviously.

Would bring Sunday rugby back to towns that now only tend to play on a Friday evening, could give a shot in the arm to the attendances of clubs, I would imaging Swinton v Wigan in Championship 1 would pull in well above Swintons average gate for this season as an example.

Plus would give some of our younger players a chance to shine in the spotlight given the additional Sky coverage that the Championship divisions now attract.


superb idea

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:15 PM

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:17 PM

QUOTE (shrek @ Oct 1 2010, 04:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Whilst not on the cards, could the Super League sides not enter U20's at Championship level, under the proviso they can rise no higher than The Championship obviously.

Would bring Sunday rugby back to towns that now only tend to play on a Friday evening, could give a shot in the arm to the attendances of clubs, I would imaging Swinton v Wigan in Championship 1 would pull in well above Swintons average gate for this season as an example.

Plus would give some of our younger players a chance to shine in the spotlight given the additional Sky coverage that the Championship divisions now attract.



Like the idea but if this happened would the number of dual registered players drop and be a detriment to lower league clubs? Personally I'm split on dual registration so would be interested in other opinions.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:24 PM

QUOTE (shrek @ Oct 1 2010, 04:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Whilst not on the cards, could the Super League sides not enter U20's at Championship level, under the proviso they can rise no higher than The Championship obviously.

Would bring Sunday rugby back to towns that now only tend to play on a Friday evening, could give a shot in the arm to the attendances of clubs, I would imaging Swinton v Wigan in Championship 1 would pull in well above Swintons average gate for this season as an example.

Plus would give some of our younger players a chance to shine in the spotlight given the additional Sky coverage that the Championship divisions now attract.



I think you'll find only Sper Duper Duper League fans would think this is a good idea.

The thought of Dewsbury V Bradford A or Oldham V Wigan A would kill the 'smaller' clubs off once and for all.

It's about as good an idea as the RFL suggesting to Sky they pull all their money out.


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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:24 PM

QUOTE (shrek @ Oct 1 2010, 04:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Whilst not on the cards, could the Super League sides not enter U20's at Championship level, under the proviso they can rise no higher than The Championship obviously.

Would bring Sunday rugby back to towns that now only tend to play on a Friday evening, could give a shot in the arm to the attendances of clubs, I would imaging Swinton v Wigan in Championship 1 would pull in well above Swintons average gate for this season as an example.

Plus would give some of our younger players a chance to shine in the spotlight given the additional Sky coverage that the Championship divisions now attract.


Question - how many people go to watch their own SL club's U20s ? If the answer is not many then what makes you think that Championship 1 fans would want to watch them ?

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 04:15 PM

QUOTE (Derwent @ Oct 1 2010, 04:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Question - how many people go to watch their own SL club's U20s ? If the answer is not many then what makes you think that Championship 1 fans would want to watch them ?


Don't have the exact figures, but the times I've been up to Edge Hall Road to watch Wigans they get crowds on a par with a lot of Championship 1 clubs. Play them on a Sunday afternoon when there can be very little top tier action,whilst you may not get not massive numbers, they would certainly be enough to boost the gates of clubs only pulling in 200-400 fans in the first place.

I watch a lot of Championship rugby, mainly because I can't make that many Friday games and like to get a weekend fix in, I can't be alone, can we be sure there arn't more than a few in the same boat slowly consuming a majority of rugby via Sky when it would take very little to entice them out to watch live rugby at a more convenient time.

Not sure about duel registration players High Peak Rhino, not sure how popular the system is anyhow amongst fans of Championship clubs, personally I'd say a majority of what I've heard and read has been quite negative, be interesting to see what others think.

Sorry Terry Chimes, that wasn't the intention, not sure I see why it would kill of the "smaller" clubs, I'd have thought being able to expand what are relatively small divisions with financially secure clubs who may have a decent following to boost the coffers a little would be welcome. I personally wouldn't brand them as Wigan A, I'd come up with alternative names following something not dissimilar to the South London model.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 04:40 PM

I can't stand dual registration. It devalues the competition IMO.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 04:53 PM

U20's would just make Super League clubs stronger, cluster the playing talent at fewer clubs and weaken stand alone Championship clubs in my opinion. Wouldnt like to see it.

Agree with tim2 that dual registration devalues the comp already to an extent; altho I can see the benefits of this.
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Posted 01 October 2010 - 04:59 PM

Any watch the conference national final? Surely a few of the top teams can compete in championship 1, any thoughts?

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:13 PM

QUOTE (jonnyg28 @ Oct 1 2010, 05:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Any watch the conference national final? Surely a few of the top teams can compete in championship 1, any thoughts?


Against the bottom clubs they might be competitive, but Hunslet, Oldham and York would put a lot of points on any of the teams in the RLC National
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Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:16 PM

QUOTE (Odsal Outlaw @ Oct 1 2010, 05:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
U20's would just make Super League clubs stronger, cluster the playing talent at fewer clubs and weaken stand alone Championship clubs in my opinion. Wouldnt like to see it.

Agree with tim2 that dual registration devalues the comp already to an extent; altho I can see the benefits of this.


If they didn't get any additional allowances under the salary cap would it not keep the same players at the same clubs but expose them to a higher level of rugby allowing you to do away with dual registration?

QUOTE (jonnyg28 @ Oct 1 2010, 05:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Any watch the conference national final? Surely a few of the top teams can compete in championship 1, any thoughts?

If the National Conference switches to Summer, there could be a way to extend the pyramid, the standard of the Premier Division is pretty good with reasonable facilities, but agree there would be some high scoring, one sided matches against some of the stronger teams.


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Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:30 PM

QUOTE (tim2 @ Oct 1 2010, 06:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Against the bottom clubs they might be competitive, but Hunslet, Oldham and York would put a lot of points on any of the teams in the RLC National


i think th poster is talking about the national conference league,not the rlc.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:32 PM

QUOTE (Derwent @ Oct 1 2010, 04:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Question - how many people go to watch their own SL club's U20s ? If the answer is not many then what makes you think that Championship 1 fans would want to watch them ?


About 150/300 at Odsal usually, although we had a gate of 1000+ vs Wakefield last year when we had the BBQ open day.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:37 PM

QUOTE (Tommy The C5t @ Oct 1 2010, 06:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
About 150/300 at Odsal usually, although we had a gate of 1000+ vs Wakefield last year when we had the BBQ open day.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:41 PM

QUOTE (ehbandit @ Oct 1 2010, 06:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i think th poster is talking about the national conference league,not the rlc.


National Conference is better, but I think the clubs like being where they are
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