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  1. No, I had a look in case they'd dropped into the East League or London Merit League but couldn't find them on either table.
  2. If the League 1 (South) nonsense that people go on about on here ever actually happened, they're exactly the sort of clubs that would be signing up.
  3. Hemel have pulled out of the CLS East Division now.
  4. It's quite common for leagues in development areas to announce their fixtures only a few weeks before the season starts. Now it varies quite a lot from league to league, but historically the RFL were quite hot on keeping Rugby League Conference fixtures secret until only a few weeks before the season started (I think it was because the fixture lists were liable to change)
  5. Yes, I guess also a pre season competition with groups then knockout could work to give 6-8 extra games (there was a pre-season RLC Cup at one point run on a similar basis).
  6. I think the challenge is we always go for a 5 month season to bridge the gap between a 3 month season and a 7-8 month season but it's not necessarily the best idea. Sometimes it works, but sometimes you get the worst of both worlds whereby the 7 month off season is too long, and means people end up playing RU or BARLA, but the seasons overlap so you get reduced player availability at the start and end of the season.
  7. Maybe around London and the Home Counties you could get about half a dozen clubs together to play a full season, particularly those with a lot of Australian players. In other areas probably not, apart from the two east midlands clubs that are already playing a full season in the Yorkshire Men's League. The North East may be a better bet if you want an expansion area to play a longer season.
  8. I always find out of all of the teams, people are most inclined to overrate Serbia and Russia (the latter presumably won't be in this world cup qualifying). They have good domestic development for a developing nation, but are nowhere near world cup standard due to not having enough heritage players.
  9. I created the article, but got banned from Wikipedia* a few years ago hence why it stopped. * I edited the actual article on Wikipedia to say it was an unreliable encyclopedia and got a life ban.
  10. I think: Asia Pacific: Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Cook Islands. Europe: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Wales and Scotland Americas: United States and Jamaica MEA: Lebanon Greece might have a chance against Cook Islands though.
  11. I would guess that means the Repechage is: Repechage 1 Pacific 6 Vs Europe 7 Repechage 2 A four team knockout with: Pacific 7 Europe 8 Middle East/Africa 2 Loser Repechage 1 I suspect both Repechage spots will go to Pacific Island teams, although Greece may have a chance against Cook Islands in Repechage 2 if they field enough heritage players.
  12. There was a Middle Anglia at one point, but it later became part of Mercia.
  13. Do the Royal family ever actually eat swan meat for dinner?
  14. I saw someone try to take one on a bus once. Not just any bus but one that was already dangerously overcrowded. Suffice to say the driver made him leave it behind.
  15. I played korfball, I ended up playing for my university (Birmingham) in the national championships, though we did finish last. From memory the sport has a relatively strong set up in London and Kent but in the rest of the country it's distribution is very varied. If there's a local university playing then you'll get a local league that is a mixture of university sides plus local clubs set up by graduates from the university. If there isn't a local university playing then there's usually no teams at all.
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