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In Topic: Why isn't there at least one Elite One Championship side in the middle 8?

Yesterday, 08:16 PM

It wouldn't be compatible with France playing in winter


In Topic: South East & London Cup

Yesterday, 08:05 PM

I picked North Herts over St Ives as they're closer but both not bad sides. It is tricky though, expect we'll end up with say an 8 team premier and no division 1. Newham would be the victims as they're probably okay staying where they are but IMO even a 10 team premier would be too much. The east division is improving though, I wouldn't rule out St Albans and possibly even Eastern Rhinos eventually deciding it's a match for London premier. Hemel A too if they don't go down the Championship fringe players route Skolars have gone down


In Topic: South East & London Cup

Yesterday, 07:28 PM

I'd consider dropping Guildford, Sussex, Elmbridge and Newham to the entry league and add Weald Warriors and North Herts Crusaders into a 10 team premier. Then move Southampton and Portsmouth into West of England. Still not without its problems

 

The basic proposal of a 10 team premier may be the way forward but if Newham and Elmbridge can't fulfil their fixtures in London 1 then they won't in a premier division


In Topic: Height of Summer Rugby?

Yesterday, 05:14 PM

Regardless though if clubs want to move back to winter I would let them have that option I just don't think it would help and would forbid players from playing both seasons without a proper transfer.

In Topic: Height of Summer Rugby?

Yesterday, 05:11 PM

Withdrawal of RFL development funding
Academies clashing with youth season
Dual registration of players in winter and summer
Reliance on RU players outside the heartlands

I see the exact same problems affecting the winter season as the summer. The Pennine and Hull league's are struggling and NWCL and Yorkshire Youth were far worse than their summer equivalents. Clubs have voted with their feet in the summer move and mainly shifted so we should make the season they've chosen work. A second switch of season would be extra disruption and further split the game so the case for it would have to be strong which the existing winter leagues having identical problems to summer suggest it isn't. Personally I think everyone playing the same season would be good and summer is the majority. March to November with a midseason break seems the best compromise though I'd still have concerns over players coming back after the break.