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Another mess at academy level thanks to the clubs and RFL

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So the hemel and SW teams are open age? OR they were going to run an u20 side in the Conference?

No Sheffield? Where are they? In the u19s with SL teams?

Are Featherstone doing an u19 side too?

What are Salford doing there?

Sheffield are running U19 and Sheffield Hallam in the Conference League South. Salford aren't running U19 so are allowed in for some reason. Featherstone are running U19 and U20

Hemel and South Wales are U20 but effectively the same players that would have played Conference South. London Skolars are the other club running an A team in Conference South.

Keighley, Halifax, Leigh and Featherstone want to run the games between themselves on an U23 basis so guess Hemel and South Wales could run higher age groups if they wanted.

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Sheffield are running U19 and Sheffield Hallam in the Conference League South. Salford aren't running U19 so are allowed in for some reason. Featherstone are running U19 and U20

Hemel and South Wales are U20 but effectively the same players that would have played Conference South. London Skolars are the other club running an A team in Conference South.

Keighley, Halifax, Leigh and Featherstone want to run the games between themselves on an U23 basis so guess Hemel and South Wales could run higher age groups if they wanted.

Well, that's one solution I suppose. Far from ideal for Fev, but that's their choice I suppose. I imagine we'll be hoping to field an u23 line up in the u20s as often as possible. It's a mess all round really.

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Yeah the RFL's preference was for one academy league at U19 based around regional sides. Presumably an elite comp and a development one. They wanted fringe Championship and Championship 1 players to play NCL or Conference League South to strengthen those leagues. As it was the NCL don't allow professionals (the clubs may or may not vote to change this in the future) and the most radical part of the proposal (merged sides) got dropped. This club emphasis is presumably why the Championship clubs then needed something as well as the lack of dual registration

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