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Anyway know what's going on there? There was supposed to be a recommendation of a new division for the NCL proper to replace this year's NCL3, which is quite frankly crumbling to dust. Anyone know what's happened there as sounds like there may be a problem?

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Anyway know what's going on there? There was supposed to be a recommendation of a new division for the NCL proper to replace this year's NCL3, which is quite frankly crumbling to dust. Anyone know what's happened there as sounds like there may be a problem?

It's a problem, how can a club plan? How can a coach plan if they don't know what is happening with the league?

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BARLA will be running a conference in 2013/14

They said that about 2011/12 and 2012/13 and will say the same about 2014/15. Irrelevant to the thread anyway.

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Anyway know what's going on there?

Which rumour do you want? On my trips around the south east to watch various clubs play, I've heard

i There is going to be two seperate north and south/midlands divisions to replace NCL3

ii Northern clubs in the current NCL3 (plus a few others) are going to form a new 'northern league type NCL3' to replace current NCL3 andthe midlands/southern clubs will go back to their premierships.

iii NCL3 is being disbanded and nothing will be replacing it, current clubs to return to suitable leagues.

iv And the one which is probably true, there has been no decision made about anything yet.

Even if the exact details weren't worked out, a 'general outline' of next season would go a long way to let clubs, players and supporters to know what was happening.

At the last St Albans home game I went to, I stood with an old fella, in his 80's, who has become a rl fan. He told me he attends all the home games. He asked one of the committee members what was happening for next season, and got the reply `Sorry, but we don't know. We haven't a clue whats happening next seaon, no one has told us anything yet`.

His comment, `Its a bloody good game this, but what a way to run it.`

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There is a 4th (5th?) possibility of the NCL running their own division 3 with full minimum criteria as well. But yeah seems odd.

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Surely one of the problems is not knowing what's happening in CC1. The lack of a strategy cascades down from there.

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I've been told that Warrington Wizards are hoping for a national comp, they enjoy the long trips around the country and would be disappointed if they end up having to play in NWCL or similar

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Its pretty sad that we are still having this conversation not only this year but EVERY SINGLE YEAR that I have been involved in watching/playing rugby league in the Midlands for the last 20 odd years!

If only we had a single governing body that actually planned ahead and put some stability/structure into the game rather than the constant annual chopping and changing we always get the end of each and every season.

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Surely one of the problems is not knowing what's happening in CC1. The lack of a strategy cascades down from there.

Yes but it runs deeper. After CC1 have had their find then the NCL can try form a division 3 and only then can any further divisions be planned.

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The risk with a north/south split is that the North West and London clubs feel they have a better league locally and leave the Yorkshire, Midlands and South West clubs stranded or possibly defecting to stronger regions.

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Just read the following on the St Albans website, its the end of a match report but relevant to the topic, written by the team manager =

I AM PLEASED WITH THE COMMITMENTS MY PLAYERS HAVE PUT INTO THIS SEASON. IT WAS A BIG STEP UP INTO THE NATIONAL LEAGUE AND MY AIM AT THE START OF THE SEASON WAS TO FINISH IN THE TOP 6, BUT WE FAILED BY 1 POINT AND FINISHED 7TH. HOWEVER, THE RUGBY FOOTBALL LEAGUE ARE CHANGING THE STRUCTURE OF THE COMPETITION IN 2013 AND WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT WE MUST WAIT UNTIL DECEMBER TO SEE WHAT THE SET UP IS AND WHAT DIVISION CENTURIONS WILL BE PLAYING IN.

So 12 weeks before the start of the season they will tell us what is happening.

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Just read the following on the St Albans website, its the end of a match report but relevant to the topic, written by the team manager =

I AM PLEASED WITH THE COMMITMENTS MY PLAYERS HAVE PUT INTO THIS SEASON. IT WAS A BIG STEP UP INTO THE NATIONAL LEAGUE AND MY AIM AT THE START OF THE SEASON WAS TO FINISH IN THE TOP 6, BUT WE FAILED BY 1 POINT AND FINISHED 7TH. HOWEVER, THE RUGBY FOOTBALL LEAGUE ARE CHANGING THE STRUCTURE OF THE COMPETITION IN 2013 AND WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT WE MUST WAIT UNTIL DECEMBER TO SEE WHAT THE SET UP IS AND WHAT DIVISION CENTURIONS WILL BE PLAYING IN.

So 12 weeks before the start of the season they will tell us what is happening.

12 weeks is a record early for them. Then again we usually know the format before then just not the specific participants. All that is clear is the current format is a non goer with CC1 and maybe NCL taking clubs and 3 clubs that can't raise a team

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They said that about 2011/12 and 2012/13 and will say the same about 2014/15. Irrelevant to the thread anyway.

Mmmmm, Watch and shoot, Watch and shot!!!

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I was trying to explain to someone earlier that Coventry Bears could potentially move up 4 divisions but if they want to stay in the sane league they have to reapply, meet criteria and hope another 9 clubs do too. They thought it was odd and to be honest I can't blame them.

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Well, who is left in CL3 who wishes to keep going at that national level?

Coventry want to be in CC1

Nottingham want to be in the NCL proper, playing Northern teams (at least that's always been their preference)

St Albans want to continue in an CL3 type comp

Bristol want to continue in a CL3 type comp

South Wales may or may not exist next year

Hemel have moved up to CC1, though a second team/reserve grade might be an option (though Hemel might not want this)

In addiction, Northampton have applied to join the national leagues and are most keen on a southern conference type competition. Leicester have talked about this in the past but may have "gone backwards" this season.

Someone else mentioned Skolars seconds stepping up. There's also the possibility that Glos Warriors and All Golds may come to an arrangement about running a team at a higher level, as a kind of second team/reserve for the CC1 team.

Lots and ifs and buts, and only three teams who seem keen on CL3/Southern Conference. Pity, really, 'cos with the existing teams and a few more it could be a half decent division.

When I last spoke to David Gent at the RFL for RL World, he wasn't giving much away, other than that their preference is for the NCL to run a southern tier 3 division as part of the structure in 2013. What they want and what will happen might not be the same thing, mind.

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The RFL want a northern division and a southern division below NCL 2. The NCL want the northern division to be their division 3 with clubs meeting full criteria but appear to be struggling to make a full division. Only Underbank and Nottingham from the current NCL3 would appear suitable. Bristol and St Albans would also probably be up to scratch but the travelling would be very tough.

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The RFL want a northern division and a southern division below NCL 2. The NCL want the northern division to be their division 3 with clubs meeting full criteria but appear to be struggling to make a full division. Only Underbank and Nottingham from the current NCL3 would appear suitable. Bristol and St Albans would also probably be up to scratch but the travelling would be very tough.

And Coventry ?

NCL management meet on 12th to finalise recommendations for new members

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And Coventry ?

NCL management meet on 12th to finalise recommendations for new members

If not in CC1 then yes. My personal preference is NCL but expect the RFL will push CC1 hard. Don't know what way the club directors are thinking.

Ah that explains things, I must have missed the 1 when I saw the date of recommendation unless it's been put back.

Out of other rumoured applicants Kells, Hindley, Wigan St Cuthberts and especially Pilkington Recs convince me. I hope there have been some other strong applicants keeping their cards close to their chest.

Down south I expect Northampton would need tagging on to the existing premier south and presumably Bristol. Maybe Leicester. But the question is would the existing south premier teams stay up with the increased travelling. You could add St Albans and Hemel A no doubt.

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If not in CC1 then yes. My personal preference is NCL but expect the RFL will push CC1 hard. Don't know what way the club directors are thinking.

Ah that explains things, I must have missed the 1 when I saw the date of recommendation unless it's been put back.

Out of other rumoured applicants Kells, Hindley, Wigan St Cuthberts and especially Pilkington Recs convince me. I hope there have been some other strong applicants keeping their cards close to their chest.

Down south I expect Northampton would need tagging on to the existing premier south and presumably Bristol. Maybe Leicester. But the question is would the existing south premier teams stay up with the increased travelling. You could add St Albans and Hemel A no doubt.

Pilks will get in, Didn't one of the RFL overseers once play for them :wub:

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Pilks will get in, Didn't one of the RFL overseers once play for them :wub:

I expect they're the strongest applicant or at least top few so don't need outside help.

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Pilks will get in, Didn't one of the RFL overseers once play for them :wub:

Pilks will only get in if they meet the minimum criterea, which i hope they do as ive fond memories of previous encounters.

ps nothing to do who the rfl ex-player overseer is.

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Pilks will only get in if they meet the minimum criterea, which i hope they do as ive fond memories of previous encounters.

ps nothing to do who the rfl ex-player overseer is.

I've fond memories of playing all over but I can't see fond memories on the criteria.

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Pilks will only get in if they meet the minimum criterea, which i hope they do as ive fond memories of previous encounters.

ps nothing to do who the rfl ex-player overseer is.

Neil Wood played full back for them and was the first player of the year for the then Barla National League in its inaugural season.....

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And Coventry ?

NCL management meet on 12th to finalise recommendations for new members

Are these recommendations available yet?

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