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2015 League Structure line ups.

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So with relegation from SL sorted, relegation from the Championship far from sorted, I thought it might be fun to have a look at the possibel 12-12-14 and then the 8-8-8-14 line ups for next season. That middle eight could be very interesting.

 

SUPER LEAGUE

 

St Helens 

Leeds Rhinos 

Wigan Warriors 

Castleford Tigers 

Warrington Wolves 

Huddersfield Giants 

Catalan Dragons 

Widnes Vikings 

Hull KR 

Hull FC 

Wakefield Wildcats 

Salford Red Devils 

 

SUPER LEAGUE TWO

 

Bradford Bulls 

London Broncos 

Leigh

Featherstone

Halifax

Doncaster

Dewsbury

Batley

Sheffield

Keighley

Whitehaven

York

 

CHAMPIONSHIP/CONFERENCE

 

North Wales Crusaders

Workington

Swinton

Rochdale

Barrow

Oldham

Hunslet

Gloucestershire All Golds

Hemel Stags

Gateshead

London Skolars

Oxford

South Wales

Coventry

 

 

MID-SEASON 8X8X8 SPLITS:

 

TOP:

 

St Helens 

Leeds Rhinos 

Wigan Warriors 

Warrington Wolves 

Huddersfield Giants 

Catalan Dragons 

Castleford Tigers 

Hull FC 

 

MIDDLE:

 

Salford Red Devils 

Widnes Vikings 

Leigh

Hull KR 

Wakefield Wildcats 

Bradford Bulls 

Featherstone

Halifax

 

BOTTOM:

 

London Broncos 

Doncaster

Sheffield

Dewsbury

Batley

Keighley

Whitehaven

York

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Will certainly be interesting next season, wouldnt like to predict the 5 down or the 1 up in the championship, though Barrow and Rochdale look almost certainties at the moment.

 

Have Coventry been admitted into the league or is that just an example? Would be good for the game in the midlands if they have.

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Will certainly be interesting next season, wouldnt like to predict the 5 down or the 1 up in the championship, though Barrow and Rochdale look almost certainties at the moment.

 

Have Coventry been admitted into the league or is that just an example? Would be good for the game in the midlands if they have.

 

Not sure about Coventry, I think I read it somewhere, but we haven't heard much about it.

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Can't wait for next year, it's going to be fantastic

 

Think London will comfortably make the middle eight though, at the expense of either Rovers, 'fax or Leigh

 

Some of those top eight games will be humdingers

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Can't wait for next year, it's going to be fantastic

 

Think London will comfortably make the middle eight though, at the expense of either Rovers, 'fax or Leigh

 

Some of those top eight games will be humdingers

 

Yes. How London will go is a hard one to call.

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The key to next season is how hard other SL clubs asset (playing) strip London and Bradford. London have already lost a few and I would imagine the vultures will be out for some of Bradford's better players.

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The key to next season is how hard other SL clubs asset (playing) strip London and Bradford. London have already lost a few and I would imagine the vultures will be out for some of Bradford's better players.

whilst they will inevitably lose their better players, it may not be as bad some years as they will not be getting replaced by two other clubs who are normally keen to take on some of these players.

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next year could be a potential 'hot mess' with this restructure.... But I'm sort of looking forward to it.............. the clubs are going to have a hard time making sure shirts don't clash

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whilst they will inevitably lose their better players, it may not be as bad some years as they will not be getting replaced by two other clubs who are normally keen to take on some of these players.

 

Good point. No real reason for Bulls & Broncs to lose too many players. They've already lost enough which is why they are where they are.

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Good point. No real reason for Bulls & Broncs to lose too many players. They've already lost enough which is why they are where they are.

I also think if they do lose some players, they may be to the more ambitious Championship clubs like Featherstone and Leigh

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Just out of interest, how quickly will sides know about the second phase fixtures? Will they know at the start of the season (e.g. week 1 SL 10th v Champ 3rd etc.) or will it be done at the split? 

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Good point. No real reason for Bulls & Broncs to lose too many players. They've already lost enough which is why they are where they are.

 

The halving of their salary cap may well force their hands to offload their higher earners though. Its a maximum of £900k in the Championship next season, so it all depends on what they are paying at the moment as to whether they can retain players.

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The halving of their salary cap may well force their hands to offload their higher earners though. Its a maximum of £900k in the Championship next season, so it all depends on what they are paying at the moment as to whether they can retain players.

 

I don't think London are anywhere near there to be honest.

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I don't think London are anywhere near there to be honest.

 

Possibly not, but the Bulls may well be.

 

Another issue is does anybody know what the fed/non-fed quota rules are going to be for the Championship next season ? The current Championship rules are different to SL at the moment and that may also have an impact on who they can retain.

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Possibly not, but the Bulls may well be.

 

Another issue is does anybody know what the fed/non-fed quota rules are going to be for the Championship next season ? The current Championship rules are different to SL at the moment and that may also have an impact on who they can retain.

 

Good point. That may play a part.

 

Also, I assume there's no 'parachute payment'?

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Good point. That may play a part.

 

Also, I assume there's no 'parachute payment'?

 

There is a parachute payment for next season of £285k or thereabouts. The 2 relegated SL clubs are going to get the same £500k as this year's Championship league leaders plus an additional one-off payment of the £285k to give them £785k of central funding. The top 2 championship clubs get £500k and £450k respectively.

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There is a parachute payment for next season of £285k or thereabouts. The 2 relegated SL clubs are going to get the same £500k as this year's Championship league leaders plus an additional one-off payment of the £285k to give them £785k of central funding. The top 2 championship clubs get £500k and £450k respectively.

 

Ta. That, in theory, should be sufficient to put both the Bulls and the Broncs into that middle 8 slot, regardless of the ruling on overseas numbers.

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Heard Coventry are all ready to go just waiting on an official announcement by all parties

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Heard Coventry are all ready to go just waiting on an official announcement by all parties

 

Great news, just need a couple of clubs in the South West now and we'll be a nationwide sport.

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Great news, just need a couple of clubs in the South West now and we'll be a nationwide sport.

Indeed, Bristol would be good or maybe even somewhere like Plymouth.

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Heard Coventry are all ready to go just waiting on an official announcement by all parties

All very positive and exciting, let these clubs develop both on and off the pitch at their own pace like Hemel.

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Great news, just need a couple of clubs in the South West now and we'll be a nationwide sport.

Gloucestershire are just about South West. East midlands will be the only unrepresented region then though ideally there'd be another South East club as Oxford's a long way from Kent

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Is it one or two down/up from the 3rd x8? I hope it is two to enable greater opportunities for the third tier

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The halving of their salary cap may well force their hands to offload their higher earners though. Its a maximum of £900k in the Championship next season, so it all depends on what they are paying at the moment as to whether they can retain players.

 

An interesting point Derwent that hasn't been covered before. Of course what those who follow SL won't know is that the cap is less clearly defined and much more difficult to monitor in the Championship, largely due to the majority of players being semi-professionals. All legitimate earnings outside of RL don't count at, and I am sure that the definition of legitimate might be strethced by some.

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Is it one or two down/up from the 3rd x8? I hope it is two to enable greater opportunities for the third tier

It's 2 up and down. Think it's one and a playoff.

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