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Could a shorter time scale version of our game help spread the game and give smaller nations a better chance ? Crickets 20/20 has been a great success. I'm thinking still keep the same rules and 13 a side,but play games of 20 minutes instead of 80. This would help part time players with fitness as fatigue is a problem for smaller nations. Still keep other formats of the game, but run the shorter format along side. Have 8 teams all playing at same venue so fans still get 80 minutes of footy and see more teams and players. 

Could try it with club footy have top 8 teams in super league playing a mini league format where each plays the other once. 7 rounds plus a finals night where top 4 play. 1st v 4th , then 2nd v 3rd followed by a 30 minute break of possible music live band, Then the final. 8 different venues. 

Internationally have an European competition or teams made up of super league and northern European leagues. England, France, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Italy, Greece, Spain . Or have Australian based super league XIII .             

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You won't be popular with this. I suggested the seed 1 v pot 4 games could have been played on a similar basis to reduce score differentials and brought together in double headers of 2 x 50- or 60-minute games and was told that anything other than 80 mins 'isn't rugby league'. I pointed out women's NRL have only just lengthened halves from 30 to 35 and that junior teams play shorter matches - didn't get a reply. For the record, I think it might increase the appetite among non-traditional crowds, but the diehards see it as unnecessary and fiddling.

Personally, I'm not sure how widely I would want to see it add to / replace schedules, but I do see it could help with an inclusive but meaningful RLWC - maybe smaller nations could play pre-round on that basis to see who joins top teams in later stages.

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For internationals (and getting into the olympics) 9s absolutely should be at the forefront of thinking. It keeps games mostly competitive, requires fewer elite level players, and 9s is a form of the game that can translate to 13 a side.

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8 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

For internationals (and getting into the olympics) 9s absolutely should be at the forefront of thinking. It keeps games mostly competitive, requires fewer elite level players, and 9s is a form of the game that can translate to 13 a side.

 

8 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

For internationals (and getting into the olympics) 9s absolutely should be at the forefront of thinking. It keeps games mostly competitive, requires fewer elite level players, and 9s is a form of the game that can translate to 13 a side.

I don't like 9s or 7s personally . I also think its a different type of player needed for those games. 

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14 minutes ago, superten said:

 

I don't like 9s or 7s personally . I also think its a different type of player needed for those games. 

7s is totally different from union yes, but 9s is just rugby league with less players. Props can play it.

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1 hour ago, superten said:

Could a shorter time scale version of our game help spread the game and give smaller nations a better chance ? Crickets 20/20 has been a great success. I'm thinking still keep the same rules and 13 a side,but play games of 20 minutes instead of 80

They did this in the U19 European Championships this year in the opening rounds.

Seemed to work quite well.

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I don't see the need for shortened form of Rugby League whether that be nine or seven a side.

Union has sevens because the full fifteen a side version is boring and Cricket has 20/20 because the traditional version of Cricket lasts for days.

An 80 minute game of thirteen a side Rugby league is actually quite short but it's also the perfect sport so let's celebrate that.

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A shorter version of the game is only really useful where you are trying to run a tournament over 2/3/4 days with multiple teams , let's say pre season in southern France or Spain , you can run with club sides alongside emerging nations teams playing together 

I recall being on holiday 2 decades ago in Benidorm and a Union 7s comp was running at the time with teams from all over Europe 

Other than that , we don't need it , and I doubt it'd be successful 

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Absolutely not.

Lets concentrate on trying to develop the game in maybe 3-4 specific countries like France, Jamaica, wales and Lebanon that have the most realistic potential of developing into competitive tier2 nations in the short-term and actual tier1 nations in the long-term.

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1 hour ago, Tosh said:

Absolutely not.

Lets concentrate on trying to develop the game in maybe 3-4 specific countries like France, Jamaica, wales and Lebanon that have the most realistic potential of developing into competitive tier2 nations in the short-term and actual tier1 nations in the long-term.

Maybe the way to do that is to have a core squad of players capable of performing at 9 a side, then being bolstered by a full squad at 13 a side

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53 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

Maybe the way to do that is to have a core squad of players capable of performing at 9 a side, then being bolstered by a full squad at 13 a side

The only things 9s is the answer to is the question "What is absolutely a strategy that will not develop rugby league anywhere?"

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3 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

The only things 9s is the answer to is the question "What is absolutely a strategy that will not develop rugby league anywhere?"

Or the way you might quickly get a fair few more non heritage players playing a high standard of Rugby League.

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Just now, Tommygilf said:

Or the way you might quickly get a fair few more non heritage players playing a high standard of Rugby League.

By playing 18 minute games as part of occasional weekend festivals?

Doesn't seem that likely.

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