At the latest meeting of the RFL Committee it was brought to the attention of the members that the odds of a team outside of the Super League winning the Challenge Cup was 500/1. The shock around the table was palpable upon the realisation of such short odds.
Therefore after discussion, The RFL have confirmed the following staged changes to the format of the competition presently known as the ‘Challenge Cup’.
2019 - No amateur teams to be included. The RFL concluded that this would be beneficial in two ways. Firstly, it removed the obvious false expectations of the junior teams in these clubs that one day they too may play and test their prowess against a professional club, secondly it removed the onerous burden of managing the extra revenue.
2020 – Only teams in the Super League plus 4 others as selected by the RFL Committee (perhaps Toulouse, Toronto, New York etc.) will compete for the trophy. The quarter–finals, semi-finals and final to be played in a neutral country over a 2 week period. Jamaica or the Seychelles have been mooted. It will of course be necessary for a full compliment of the RFL Committee to oversee the successful implementation of the event.
2021 – The trophy to be re-named ‘The Sky Super League Cup’. The competition will consist of the League Leaders Shield Winners Vs The Grand Final Winners. In the event that it is the same team the trophy will be sent by Parcel Force to their ground.
2022 - Trophy to be awarded at end of the season to the club that has sold the most pies based on pie/attendance ratio. (Please note. Quiche does not qualify as a pie.)
The RFL believe these changes will once and for all remove the unhealthy expectation that the competition belongs to the fans. And will finally enable the total and absolute degradation and annihilation of this once proud competition.
Having finally achieved our goal after so many years, the RFL Committee believe it reasonable to award themselves a substantial bonus relevant to their performance.
Seriously though, why can't we have a full blown all inclusive cup competition? Qualifying amateurs and all teams from the 3 leagues go in the hat at the same time?