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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. Generally clubs, but it gets more complicated once you start looking at places like Devon and Cornwall where one strong club might a face huge travel burden, whereas five teams can play a local league. Though I think the old Rugby League Conference’s mistake was to focus too heavily on the sheer number of clubs it could get into the competition, at the expense of trying to form clubs with deeper roots. In particular, there were never any serious efforts to expand the playing season into a full season from a three month RU off season competition.
  13. There was a Middle Anglia at one point, but it later became part of Mercia.
  14. The hardest thing I find in German is just how many synonyms there are for different things. Sometimes they have very subtly different meanings, but it means that whenever I read something in German there are always a lot of new words. I've been learning German a year longer than I have been learning Italian, but come across far more unfamiliar words in the former than the latter (though that's partly because of Italian's similarities to French and Spanish).
  15. Is the Midlands League going to be a merit league again or was that just a temporary decision because of Coronavirus? It’s not great that there are only three Midlands clubs playing in fixtured leagues. It’s the fewest we’ve had since the early to mid 1980s.
  16. There's a London Premier League and a London Merit League below the Conference South so they can play in one of those competitions.
  17. Yes, I think this was the time the professional game moved to the summer and Hemel moved with it, as they had ambitions of going professional. They entered their first team in the reserve league, but got really screwed over when the RFL shut down the reserve league and it took them a while to recover (National League 3 did help the recovery once that was set up).
  18. It wouldn’t work even with central funding. The clubs just aren’t there to make up the league. The three strongest teams (on the field) in Conference South are heavily reliant on people on working holiday visas from Australia and New Zealand, who aren't allowed to play professional sport.
  19. I don’t know the full story, but I think moving away from League 1 being a development league was a factor and it was hard to recruit enough players at the required standard. It’s worth noting that the club aren’t based all that far from London Skolars and so they were competing for the same player pool. When the club moved the training base to Dewsbury it was the final nail in the coffin for their chances of local player recruitment. I think if Hemel had joined the NCL instead of joining League 1 they’d still be doing well in it. The club has always had a strong off field set up to support the logistical challenges this would bring.
  20. I can’t see that working. In practice it would just be relegating the few southern teams in League 1 to Conference South and rebranding it.
  21. The problem is the league structure. If there were a proper pyramid with intermediate levels between Conference South and League 1 (which would of course mainly contain NCL sides) then some clubs would work their way up the pyramid. But Hemel were pretty much the model amateur club for 30 years and even they couldn’t manage the step up to League 1, so I don’t think there are many other clubs that can successfully achieve it. Coventry Bears always felt a bit different, once the club was in the Butts Park Arena attracting decent crowds for an amateur club they did feel like a proto-professional club. There may be other similar clubs arise in the future, but there aren’t any obvious candidates at the minute.
  22. That was a completely different competition. You need to add in the different regional leagues that now exist for it to be a fair comparison. I would say Conference League South is comparable to the Premier Division of the old Rugby League Conference rather than the whole thing.
  23. The eastern conference is a decent league but the western one is much less convincing (with the exceptions of Swindon St George and Devon Sharks). https://www.rugby-league.com/competitions/community-leagues/west-of-england-league/match-centre Looking at this, Worcester and Bath really aren’t the clubs you’d have promoted. I find the clubs that get promoted too fast are the clubs that don’t last very long. Essex Eels, Kent Ravens and (going back a long time) Northampton Knights come to mind.
  24. Do the Royal family ever actually eat swan meat for dinner?
  25. 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.
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