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  1. You've outlined the problem neatly enough. The dozen or so smaller SL and bigger Championship clubs would form a cracking and very competitive league, but they're outgunned by the bigger SL clubs and too big for the smaller Ch/L1 clubs. If I'm being honest I think the only hope we have of creating a genuinely elite competition, where a dozen big clubs can push the game forward at the very top end, is that teams like Toronto and Toulouse (and one or two others - most likely from France or North America) can make their way into SL and mix it with with the big boys. The alternative - franchising / P&R / Middle 8s - with the current clubs is just fiddling without solving the main problem. I love RL but I'm concerned that too many within the game are content to see it drift into mediocrity or, worse, a sporting irrelevance.
  2. God knows how some of the leavers are going to feel in 10-15 years time when we re-join the EU but lose out opt-outs and have to accept the Euro as part of the package.
  3. It is extraordinarily difficult to remove a President, deliberately so. But in truth the Democrats don't actually need to remove him. Win the midterms, take both houses, and he's neutered. Do exactly what the Republicans did to Obama and continually block him for the next 3 years, and he'll be outraged in a way very few other people would. Add to that the very real possibility of prison time for people around him - including some family members. Soon enough he'll get bored and walk away. Then do the same to his replacement until 2020.
  4. Hold a second referendum now and it's a close-run thing, hold it 5 years from now and it's a dead cert Remain win. That's why it's being discussed now.
  5. Michael Carter / TV deal etc (Merged threads)

    IIRC this was a point of some annoyance to some of the clubs when the new Sky contract was announced - that the RFL wasn't keen on explaining the sums in detail. Of course, some of the clubs just saw the down payment and agreed to the deal there and then.
  6. Reserve and Academy teams

    Well, lots of the players currently playing Championship / League 1 have been released by SL Academies. If SL clubs kept them on instead, where would the CH/L1 clubs recruit from? They'd dip into the community clubs. Or would the SL clubs only keep 4-5 additional players, and then pad the reserve team out with lads from community clubs? In which case the standard won't be too high and the ones they want to keep and develop would be better off playing Ch/L1. It's a question of resources. Are those players aged 19-21 better off playing reserves or championship rugby?
  7. Reserve and Academy teams

    I see the development value in retaining players once they've graduated from the Academy, and keeping them in-house too, but the question I'd ask is if there is the quality (and quantity) to sustain reserve teams, as well as championship and league 1 teams? Don't we run the risk of simply diluting the playing pool even further, and even taking players out of the community game?
  8. Leigh fans, like their owner, really don't do themselves any favours.
  9. Really? And her successes over the years would be?
  10. League Restructure 2019

    London received a 10% uplift in the salary cap, when in SL, to go someway to reflect the cost of living differences. I don't think they still do, mind you I don't think they pay the full cap anymore.
  11. League Restructure 2019

    Catalans have a fixed Euro amount, so as to avoid the complications of currency fluctuations. Would be remarkably stupid not to offer Toronto the same.
  12. Woods gone

    Inventing the Grand Final and Magic Weekend. Bringing in Catalans and Toronto, as if they were both his idea. Even spinning England reaching the RLWC Final as partly down to him. For me, and he's only partly responsible for this, the game has regressed massively under his leadership.
  13. Woods gone

    Some interesting claims in that press release, to say the least. And...Ralph Rimmer...?
  14. Is this thread still going? Leigh fans just need to admit The Derek is wrong on this - Leigh have no TV rights to sell - and then move on. Everyone else has.
  15. Northern & Pariochal

    Anyone who doubts that RL is northern and parochial - and blooming well determined to maintain that - just needs to take a glance at any of the Wolfpack threads.