I have read a few threads on the 2019 league Restructure (long time reader, first time...for a v long time...poster) and wanted to put across my thoughts.
I would love to see the return of 14 team ft super league, let's take the final league tables of 2018 and this would be the following line up:
London (finished second in champ)
Below that for me a 10 team championship works best playing each other home and away. This would entail (based on 17 finishing positions)
Now personally I would take the current 15 teams (discounting Oxford and Gloucester but including Bristol) and seperate into 3groups of 5. Play home and away (so 8 games) plus another 4 cross over games (so 12 games in total)
Winner of each group goes into the 'playoffs', possibly with winner of French elite league. There are two finals, both played home and away, winner of each final is promoted. Hence two still go up, and two come down to replace them (as groups are not broken up my north, south, east, west etc).
Still keep the lower league cup (who's name escapes me....Northern rail cup?) But scarp the big bash and make it a 9s tournament instead
Basically it's based somewhat on the Spanish football lower leagues.
Finally, for challenge cup I would leave as it is, ie open draw, but would introduce reverse seeding, if there is a one division or more gap between the teams. Or if Wigan draw Whitehaven @ DW, it would be reversed to be played in Cumbria, which would make a far more entertaining spectacle and drum up more interest etc!
Sorry that's a long old post