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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2019 at 20:36
C'mon Nick. DidI have to add 'and expand the Championship by four teams'?
If that causes badly-supported clubs problems, so be it ;)
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Originally posted by marigold marigold wrote:

PRL refused to allow joint Prem and Champ cup competition. Nat 1 season starts Sep 7. Championship strongly rumoured to start with 3 rounds of Champ Cup. Nat 1 and Nat 2 likely to have to play on day of World Cup Final.


I've always suspected this (re a combined Prem and Champ Cup), what is your source?

Personally I think this would be good at boosting the profile of the Championship as it gets national coverage and has a tv deal.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote castleparknight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 May 2019 at 07:35
Originally posted by Trailfinder Trailfinder wrote:

Originally posted by marigold marigold wrote:

PRL refused to allow joint Prem and Champ cup competition. Nat 1 season starts Sep 7. Championship strongly rumoured to start with 3 rounds of Champ Cup. Nat 1 and Nat 2 likely to have to play on day of World Cup Final.


I've always suspected this (re a combined Prem and Champ Cup), what is your source?

Personally I think this would be good at boosting the profile of the Championship as it gets national coverage and has a tv deal.

But as PRL have refused this it is not going to happen - the protectionism of that cartel is unbelievable. It would have been an opportunity for their A league players to have a run out, and to spy on potential Championship recruits. I would love to see this competition come to fruition but alas I suspect nevergoing to happen.  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gerg_861 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 May 2019 at 08:26
Originally posted by castleparknight castleparknight wrote:

Originally posted by Trailfinder Trailfinder wrote:

Originally posted by marigold marigold wrote:

PRL refused to allow joint Prem and Champ cup competition. Nat 1 season starts Sep 7. Championship strongly rumoured to start with 3 rounds of Champ Cup. Nat 1 and Nat 2 likely to have to play on day of World Cup Final.


I've always suspected this (re a combined Prem and Champ Cup), what is your source?

Personally I think this would be good at boosting the profile of the Championship as it gets national coverage and has a tv deal.

But as PRL have refused this it is not going to happen - the protectionism of that cartel is unbelievable. It would have been an opportunity for their A league players to have a run out, and to spy on potential Championship recruits. I would love to see this competition come to fruition but alas I suspect nevergoing to happen.  
 
yes - very interested in the source. My understanding was that the RFU bigwigs were in Leeds dealing with that.
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Cornish Pirates squad are off to Center Parcs Longleat for 4 days of pre season team building.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2019 at 09:20
On bBadly supported clubs

If the Championship were expanded next  season it would likely be from Richmond, Rosslyn Park, Blackheath, Plymouth or Rotherham. All reaonably well supported by National 1 standards, but a bit London centric.

Until last week I would have included OEs - but as they shared a sponsor with England 7s they may not be as competitive - dependig on whether or no they have banked the cheque.
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When does next season actually start?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gerg_861 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jun 2019 at 15:17
Originally posted by Dalesman Dalesman wrote:

When does next season actually start?
 
Is a question without an answer for now.
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Until 14th June has passed, we will probably not get a formal answer. However t is looking very likely that the first three weeks of September will be the initial Championship Cup group rounds, with he Championship itself starting on the fourth weekend.
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The first cup game for Cov is on the 21st...of September.

Or so I've been led to believe.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dropout22 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jun 2019 at 09:27
Some teams - Ealing & Pirates have already started back with Scottish expected back on 11th June. Surely there must be a reason for starting back so soon?. Wouldn't make sense for there to be a 10 week pre-season if the first competitive game was late September.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jun 2019 at 09:38
Cov started back this week, and have already had a couple of days jolly team-bonding up in the lakes.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jun 2019 at 09:41
Originally posted by Talking Flag Talking Flag wrote:

The first cup game for Cov is on the 21st...of September.

Or so I've been led to believe.
Thought that was the first proper game, with 'cup' games preceding it?
Just what I'd heard. Maybe wrong. Often am. You're much nearer the club than I am Wink
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The week before has been pencilled in with e pre-season match, so unlikely, I'd have thought?
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