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  1. Reserve Grade 2020: Bradford, Castleford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Hull FC, Hull KR, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Salford, St Helens, Wakefield, Warrington, Widnes, Wigan. A few questions about how the reserve competition Is likely to be used by the clubs... What level/standard are the reserves likely to be? Could Bradford/Halifax/London/Newcastle/Widnes reserve team players be competing against a higher quality of opponent when they play a SL reserve team than their 1st team counterparts in the championship/L1? Are SL fringe players likely to learn/improve/benefit more from being DR/loaned out to a championship/L1 team or playing in the reserve grade?
  2. ‘If’ the underground has no delays & doesn't scupper the whole trip before it starts, I should get to Kirkgate station 6.26 pm so should be able to squeeze a couple of beers in on way to ground.
  3. Cheers, train booked (£ouch!) To kirkgate - any recommended pubs on way to ground?
  4. Have tickets & going up to the game, but can’t leave London until 3.30pm so it will be tight - fingers crossed for traffic. Is there parking near the ground? If the gods of traffic play silly buggers & I try the train instead - what are transport links from the 2 Wakefield stations to the ground? (Or are cabs the best & in good supply on a game night?) Cheers
  5. Skolars hit a plateau 3 years ago & then had 2 poor seasons where they did not grow on the pitch, however this year has in all honesty seen a significant improvement in competitiveness and 80 min effort. The league table position is disappointing, but any regular viewer must acknowledge their has been progress in performance & attitude in most of the games this year.
  6. London u19s winning yesterday will put them up to 5th A genuine question ... I have read on this forum relatively often, complaints that Radford doesn’t promote/give a chance to the City of Hull academy lads a look in - do Rovers take many City of Hull lads on? Is there any specific reason why the City of Hull academy are doing poorly atm?
  7. Very interesting whole post Tex On the section above - A genuine question from a southern RL fan who does not know about NCL or the current reserve teams quality... what standard are the current reserve teams at & how would they compare to the top NCL/league 1/Championship teams? Would we ‘expect’ the new SL reserve teams (made up for example of 1st team players not in the main SL 17 man squad & the 19/20 yr old ex academy lads kept on to develop) to be playing at a higher level than the top championship teams? Would the reserve team players generally be on less money or more than the championship/league 1 players?
  8. This year, when Skolars have been poor they have been awful. However, when they have played well they have won & competed in some very close games against the stronger heartland teams. They have made good use of DR and I like the fact they ‘keep in the spirit’ of DR using the younger Broncos/Wigan lads. Their league table position is disappointing, however regular Skolars viewers must admit this year has been much improved on the previous 2 seasons and turned a corner on what was starting to become a worrying plateau/decline in progress. Hopefully they can finish the season strongly & next year find some much needed consistency.
  9. ‘Reserve Grade, 2020: Bradford Bulls, Castleford Tigers, Halifax, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC, Hull KR, Leeds Rhinos, London Broncos, Newcastle Thunder, Salford Red Devils, St Helens, Wakefield Trinity, Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings, Wigan Warriors.’ It will be interesting to see how/where Salford recruit for an academy from scratch & the two Hull teams increase the numbers on their separate ventures. If Leigh got promoted through the play offs ... what would happen to the super league mantra about ‘reserves being compulsory’?
  10. Catalan are not in the 2019 Academy league.
  11. Sunday 4th Aug is also the Prudential Ride London cycle event - main roads and most bridges in London will be closed for the majority of the day. https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/info-hub/road-closures/
  12. London were written off last year when senior players left & they got promotion with a number of Academy products coming through. They were written off this year as no hopers, but are still in the fight. The 1st team squad is full time & rumours are the reserves are being set up along with adapting to the changes to the new academy/scholarship requirements of SL. So whatever happens this year the long term stability & growth of the club will continue, funded by the owner (to a similar level I guess ) based on his stated aim of bringing local london lads through. I don’t know if they would get straight back up 1st time, but I believe the club would survive and continue to establish itself & grow. (It’s not as quick as many fans would like, but without a new mega rich owner willing to take over & willing spend a lot more, I am very satisfied with David Hughes significant financial backing to keeping RL alive down south.) Realistically, if we exclude Torontos funding stream, how many current championship teams would be able to finance a full time 1st team squad? (Widnes have already said they are going part time.) It will be interesting to see what SL do about ‘reserves/academy/scholarship’ being compulsory in regards to Salford & Toronto - not a pop at either of those teams as on the pitch they have both had a great year and deserve their current success. However can both put in place the necessary structures for reserves/academy/scholarship in time for next year? And can Salford fund it without Marwan? Its imperative SL make a statement about the reserves/academy/scholarship changes ASAP.
  13. Only 1 Bronco today, Jacob Ogden. With Broncos relatively small squad & injuries starting to take their toll the younger Broncos players that had been getting a run out with Skolars/Coventry have been called up to the Broncos1st team - 7 Broncos academy converts have made SL debuts so far.
  14. Will be interesting to see how Skolars perform without the Broncos DR players - it looks like the younger Broncos players will be unavailable as they are in the Warrington squad or on DR with Sheffield this weekend.
  15. Ealing is NOT the problem in relation to the above 2 posts... Amateur RU clubs are all over London, wherever you picked a place to move the Broncos to there would be numerous long and established amatuer RU clubs nearby. There is a growing mini/junior london based rugby league structure & competition, but realistically & honestly it is played by hundreds of kids (the majority/many in their union off season) compared to the thousands playing union. Financially the really good London based youth players will make significantly more money at union - Broncos cannot compete with the salary of the RU premiership teams e.g. England RU u20 has 2 players who started in the london rugby league structure at Skolars, both however followed the AASE college route with RU premiership teams rather than the Broncos academy. In London we are spoilt by good public transport options, however this means we are not used to any end point being more than a 5-10 minute walk max from a tube stop! Having to get a bus after a tube is for many a hassle/mission that probably does affect casual new people attending games at trailfinders. Based on the current financial expenditure at the club, I believe Trailfinders works as a good base for the Broncos - having the 1st team, academy & scholarship based at the same place is really important and until the crowds are stating to show signs of exceeding trailfinders limits I think they should keep an established base there. I do not believe just moving to a ‘bigger better stadium’ in a ‘better location’would increase attendances - let alone be financially possible.
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