I'd rather they took the reliable clubs from South Wales and the West of England and ran one division below CLS rather than relying on dubious A teams (not a dig at your A team who are reliable just more my skepticism that every Welsh club stepping up can run 2 teams without affecting local clubs). You could reduce travelling if there's say 8 clubs and ten fixtures.
That might be a good option, though Welsh teams tend not to like traveling outside of the principality - last season, our junior teams only played at home once, and the rest of the fixtures were in Wales (it was a Welsh league, to be far, though it was supposed to be home and away fixtures). We'll see I suppose.
Unfortunately those teams full of off-season RU players are often the place where players who take it more seriously will cut their teeth. Question for West Country Eagle: Could a team survive (and thrive?) using RU players in the south of Bristol?
In some kind of merit or regional league, possibly - though union is pretty tribal in this part of the world so if it was basically a club team (say Bedminster, as an example) they may struggle to attract players from other local clubs. The Sonics get players from all over Bristol and South Gloucestershire for the reason that we're the only show in town and not attached to a particular union club (aside from being based at Dings Crusaders, and getting involved with their new ground project as long-term partners).
At present there seem to be just three likely West of England League teams next season - four if a new one comes to fruition. That's simply not enough to form a league. There would have been five with Gloucestershire Warriors, but they're now the All Golds reserves in Conference League South and won't be running a second team (without the All Golds, they barely have enough players for one team by their own admission)
Conference League South clubs have been invited to enter the National Cup. We've entered before and played fixtures (even though it was out of our season). We stopped bothering to enter though when we were told that even if we were drawn at home we'd have to travel up North. We'd have accepted away fixtures in an open draw, but it seems a bit harsh inviting us in and then telling us we have to travel regardless.
The RFL will do what they want then til you what you are doing
Yes. I suppose we can say "told you so" when Rugby League in the West of England ceases to exist at a grass roots level. That might seem OTT but it's pretty fragile in this neck of the woods as it is, and falsely increasing the number of Conference League South teams while leaving the tier below to go to the wall is not a recipe for sustained growth… or any growth at all. In fact, it's a recipe for disaster.
Maybe I'm wrong. There are plenty of others at the Sonics who don't share this view, so maybe I'm just panicking for no reason. Time will tell I guess.