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#1 richie keay

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:16 PM

Can someone understand this, only the RFL could come up with something so complicated.

Full details of the exciting new league structure that will come into operation in 2015 for Rugby League’s professional and semi-professional competitions have been outlined today.

From next season the First Utility Super League and Kingstone Press Championship will both feature 12 clubs, whilst Kingstone Press Championship One will be renamed as Kingstone Press League 1 and comprise 14 clubs.

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “The changes will ensure that every minute of every match in every competition matters and are being implemented following the most comprehensive consultation process in the sport’s history.

“The return of promotion and relegation in a format that is financially sustainable for all clubs should ensure fans are entertained from February to October, with an exciting season punctuated by a series of world-class events commencing with the World Club Challenge and finishing at Old Trafford with the Super League Grand Final.”

Super League and Championship clubs will each play 23 matches in the regular season – home and away against the other clubs in their respective competitions plus Magic Weekend or Summer Bash.

At the end of the regular season, Super League and the Championship will split into the Super 8s, three groups of eight clubs based on league positions called Super League, The Qualifiers and Championship Shield.

Super League features the top eight Super League clubs; The Qualifiers comprises Super League clubs nine to 12 plus the top four Championship clubs; and the Championship Shield features Championship clubs five to 12.

The Super 8s will be played on a seven match mini-league basis, and will largely determine the make-up of Super League and the Championship the following season.

In Super League, all eight clubs are guaranteed top flight status for the following year whilst the top four will contest a play-off series - 1st v 4th and 2nd v 3rd, with the winner going through to the title-deciding Grand Final.

In The Qualifiers, the top three clubs after seven matches will play in Super League the following season with the final place determined by the Million Pound Game, a play-off between the clubs finishing 4th and 5th. The loser of the match will join the three remaining clubs from The Qualifiers and six Championship Shield clubs in the Championship the following season.

In the Championship Shield, the top four clubs with contest a play-off series with the winners contesting the Championship Shield final. The bottom two teams in the Championship Shield will be relegated to League 1.

The 14 League 1 clubs will each play 22 games – 11 home and 11 away, playing each other once and nine teams twice with fixtures scheduled on a geographical basis. At the end of the regular season 1st will place 2nd with the winner promoted to the Championship as champions. The loser of that match will join the teams that finished 3rd, 4th and 5th in a play-off to determine the second promotion spot.

The 14 League 1 clubs will also be joined by the 2014 National Conference League Grand Final winners and the 2014 RFL Conference Challenge Cup winners in a new knockout competition played at the start of the season.

To allow for the changes to the league structure, the top eight Super League clubs will join the Challenge Cup at the sixth round stage, with League 1 clubs entering at Round 3, Championship clubs at Round 4 and the bottom four Super League clubs at Round 5.

Full details of the new league structure and what it means for all clubs can be found on the RFL, First Utility Super League and Kingstone Press Championship websites by following the links below:

Edited by richie keay, 24 July 2014 - 03:28 PM.

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#2 livo

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:46 PM

I don't know why but I actually understand this. By the looks if all the results go our way we could be looking at 28 games at least.


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:55 PM

9 teams twice (home and away) and 4 teams only once by geographical location ... where the hell does that leave us for christs sake ... means we will have a harder fixture list than say Gloucester or Oxford as we will have to play say Oldham or Hunslet ! thats what it means to me anyway. Why not just play everyone home and away or is that too bleedin obvious ??


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#4 scrumhalf

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 06:29 PM

Can someone understand this, only the RFL could come up with something so complicated.

Full details of the exciting new league structure that will come into operation in 2015 for Rugby League’s professional and semi-professional competitions have been outlined today.

From next season the First Utility Super League and Kingstone Press Championship will both feature 12 clubs, whilst Kingstone Press Championship One will be renamed as Kingstone Press League 1 and comprise 14 clubs.

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “The changes will ensure that every minute of every match in every competition matters and are being implemented following the most comprehensive consultation process in the sport’s history.

“The return of promotion and relegation in a format that is financially sustainable for all clubs should ensure fans are entertained from February to October, with an exciting season punctuated by a series of world-class events commencing with the World Club Challenge and finishing at Old Trafford with the Super League Grand Final.”

Super League and Championship clubs will each play 23 matches in the regular season – home and away against the other clubs in their respective competitions plus Magic Weekend or Summer Bash.

At the end of the regular season, Super League and the Championship will split into the Super 8s, three groups of eight clubs based on league positions called Super League, The Qualifiers and Championship Shield.

Super League features the top eight Super League clubs; The Qualifiers comprises Super League clubs nine to 12 plus the top four Championship clubs; and the Championship Shield features Championship clubs five to 12.

The Super 8s will be played on a seven match mini-league basis, and will largely determine the make-up of Super League and the Championship the following season.

In Super League, all eight clubs are guaranteed top flight status for the following year whilst the top four will contest a play-off series - 1st v 4th and 2nd v 3rd, with the winner going through to the title-deciding Grand Final.

In The Qualifiers, the top three clubs after seven matches will play in Super League the following season with the final place determined by the Million Pound Game, a play-off between the clubs finishing 4th and 5th. The loser of the match will join the three remaining clubs from The Qualifiers and six Championship Shield clubs in the Championship the following season.

In the Championship Shield, the top four clubs with contest a play-off series with the winners contesting the Championship Shield final. The bottom two teams in the Championship Shield will be relegated to League 1.

The 14 League 1 clubs will each play 22 games – 11 home and 11 away, playing each other once and nine teams twice with fixtures scheduled on a geographical basis. At the end of the regular season 1st will place 2nd with the winner promoted to the Championship as champions. The loser of that match will join the teams that finished 3rd, 4th and 5th in a play-off to determine the second promotion spot.

The 14 League 1 clubs will also be joined by the 2014 National Conference League Grand Final winners and the 2014 RFL Conference Challenge Cup winners in a new knockout competition played at the start of the season.

To allow for the changes to the league structure, the top eight Super League clubs will join the Challenge Cup at the sixth round stage, with League 1 clubs entering at Round 3, Championship clubs at Round 4 and the bottom four Super League clubs at Round 5.

Full details of the new league structure and what it means for all clubs can be found on the RFL, First Utility Super League and Kingstone Press Championship websites by following the links below:

straight forward richie 



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 07:51 PM

 It maybe straight forward but it could have been made far more easy, how is the fixture list going to be fair when you play some of the southern teams only once, and all the northern teams twice as they are going to be potentially the strongest.


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 09:12 AM

I know the "geographical basis" makes it harder for us but if you want to get promotion you need to beat the good teams. Also, while we're not playing Wigan of Featherstone the northern teams will bring more traveling supporters - Hunslet don't get the biggest crowd in RL but they will bring more fans than Gloucester.

 

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#7 Michael Ashton

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 02:51 PM

I think it's quite easy to understand but does seem very complicated. The part I totally disagree with is playing matches on a geographical basis. It seems to me that this takes us way back into the past when all Lancashire Clubs played home and away against Lancashire Clubs and Lancashire Clubs played once against Yorkshire clubs Yorkshire Clubs once against Lancashire Clubs. At least I think that is how it worked or it could have been partly on strength. (I know that we played Wigan, Saints etc home and away every season.) In those days there was no promotion and relegation and only 1 Division.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 03:01 PM

I found the following article quite interesting. It was sent to me by somebody in an e-mail. Clicking on the link should work.

http://www.leaguefre...o-fail-miserabl

I know it's on an Australian Website but nevertheless I think it's worth a read.

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 01:38 PM

I found the following article quite interesting. It was sent to me by somebody in an e-mail. Clicking on the link should work.

http://www.leaguefre...o-fail-miserabl

I know it's on an Australian Website but nevertheless I think it's worth a read.

totally disagree with this waffle



#10 Red Stripe

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 08:51 AM

I found the following article quite interesting. It was sent to me by somebody in an e-mail. Clicking on the link should work.

http://www.leaguefre...o-fail-miserabl

I know it's on an Australian Website but nevertheless I think it's worth a read.


This guy certainly seems to have hit the nail on the head!

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#11 morty

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 08:59 AM

well I think hes spot on


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#12 scrumhalf

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:35 PM

well I think hes spot on

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#13 morty

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 05:16 AM

and another thing.... its time to end the dual reg fiasco with this restructure


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