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  1. On 20/01/2020 at 20:05, Eddie said:

    We generally focus on teams from outside the Heartlands when thinking about who might enter League One. However are there any teams from within the Heartlands, in the NCL or below, that might want and be able to give semi-pro RL a go in the next five years or so?

    Trouble is RL don't wish to have more teams from Heartlands. Bramley tried 3 times to return and were knocked back each time for reasons known only to the RL. One day maybe.....

  2. On 11/26/2018 at 10:15 PM, Havenwarrior said:

    Hensingam, Batley Boys and  Heworth voted in.




    Onĺy time will tell how strong the 3 sides new teams are. Batley are well coached and their stand off is a game changer. Imo the top 3 YML prem sides would all account for themselves well against most sides in (East Hull & Bentley the other 2) NCl 3 as it contains several teams with at best average playing ability.

    Good luck to Heworth back in the NCL but I do feel they flatter themselves somewhat I saw them twice last season - imo YML Div 1 was weak overall last year - but as previous posts state being in the NCL may bring in more talented players.

  3.  Excellent comments and both  sum up imo what's wrong with rugby league at grass roots. Its simply too "unprofessional"

    I accept some teams don't look to improve year on year - big fish in a small (regional) pond syndrome. Should there simply be leagues Oran acceptance of teams who lack the ambition to progress up the ladder - for whatever reason?

    And possibly even more importantly "the criteria."  Whilst I agree it's v. important to have a set of standards shouldnt these first be discussed, weighted and centrally published by the RL to ensure  improvement in playing standards - much as now for the pro-game. A clear - bottom to top criteria  published based on grounds, playing strength, cash flow etc showing clubs what they need to move up the structure. Then finally apply these  openly with say a scoring system and reasons -avoiding any back-door favours or "black balls" by the RL or any committees.

  4. It always strikes me as odd why there's no pyramid system through Rugby League. I've seen all of the YML sides who appear to have applied for NCL in 2018. Batley had by far the strongest playing strength (though it's a hike from club to pitch) East Hull were rather average away from home but good facilities. Nottingham were enthusiastic  - students in the main so can struggle for quality. Heworth from Div 1 were below East Hull on playing ability. Queensbury also Div1 would struggle in the YML premier in my opinion.

    Why not use the YML and other existing Regional set ups to thoroughly prepare teams for the NCL with the top sides gaining automatic promotion and the bottom sides being relegated from the NCL? 

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  5. Quote from the horses mouth from less than 2years ago Feb 2012 just in case anyone forgets what the move to summer would bring to our great game!

    "Chief Executive Nigel Wood believes Rugby League stands on the verge of the most exciting chapter in its history as the sport prepares to embrace all the benefits of summer rugby with a new integrated structure.

    This is a momentous occasion for Rugby League with the whole sport finally fitting together under one pyramid structure which has positive implications for the future,” said Wood.

    “This means that youngsters will play their entire careers in better conditions which are more suitable for modern Rugby League with all the benefits this brings for skill development and, more importantly, for enjoyment of the game.

    “The changes will result in an increase in the number of people playing Rugby League, which is an objective everyone in the sport is working towards.

    “More participants means we will produce more high quality players, thus benefitting the national team in the long term.

    “There will be more opportunities for more people to play Rugby League across the country in a structure which allows all clubs and players the chance to progress to be the best they possibly can be.”

    How lucky are we that the future of our game is in such good hands!!

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