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Is there a harry jepson trophy this year? Was an inter league last season, with 4 leagues originally, but midlands pulling out before playing any. Deserves to be a better comp. 

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Understand it's reverted to a club competition.  Winners of West playing winners of South West, then winner of that joining winners from East, London, and Midlands in semi finals.

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If this does turn out to be the case, I think it will be a massive shame.

The Rep format worked well, and a lot of effort went in to make sure as many clubs as possible were involved. There had even been talk of the Rep sides touring to more far flung places. We'd learnt a lot on the staff and had already talked about some changes for this years competition to try and get more buy in from across the game. I'm also aware of other regions that wanted in.

It's so classically Rugby League that we develop a new format and don't give it the time to properly develop and bed in!

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56 minutes ago, RoverBear said:

If this does turn out to be the case, I think it will be a massive shame.

The Rep format worked well, and a lot of effort went in to make sure as many clubs as possible were involved. There had even been talk of the Rep sides touring to more far flung places. We'd learnt a lot on the staff and had already talked about some changes for this years competition to try and get more buy in from across the game. I'm also aware of other regions that wanted in.

It's so classically Rugby League that we develop a new format and don't give it the time to properly develop and bed in!

My understanding was the club comp was to return & the rep comp would continue ... but not sure 100%

Probably the best option. 

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Keep your hair on guys, they announced last year that they're doing both.

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There’s room for both. Club comp should be a knock out comp, rep comp a mini league, to get players getting better standard games. As far as I see there are  6 “regional” leagues, London, east, west, south west, midlands & north east. 5 games would be too many, but 2 groups of 3 would work, with a final, 3/4 & 5/6 place games at one venue, making 3 games each. 

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Don't forget Wales Kev - they always took an interest in the competition when some others didn't

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More entries into inter league games the better. Sorry wales you must be included this year. 

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On 5/14/2018 at 12:19 PM, RoverBear said:

If this does turn out to be the case, I think it will be a massive shame.

The Rep format worked well, and a lot of effort went in to make sure as many clubs as possible were involved. There had even been talk of the Rep sides touring to more far flung places. We'd learnt a lot on the staff and had already talked about some changes for this years competition to try and get more buy in from across the game. I'm also aware of other regions that wanted in.

It's so classically Rugby League that we develop a new format and don't give it the time to properly develop and bed in!

But the HJ trophy was ways a club trophy with 20+ years history and should remain so.

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I thought that also, but last year it was an inter league comp, this should have been an extra comp (IMO). Room for both I believe but HJ name should go with club comp  

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