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1. London Irish
2. Ealing Trailfinders
3. Doncaster Knights
4. Jersey
5. Bedford
6. Richmond 
7. Cornish Pirates
8. Yorkshire Carnegie
9. Hartpury
10. Coventry
11. London Scottish
12. Nottingham
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Originally posted by teambarnham teambarnham wrote:

I think the problem is whoever we signed was always going to have a tough time following Tiff Eden. We seem to go through phases of having absolutely superb fly halves (Jimmy Arlidge was another) but I always feel sorry for their successors as they have one heck of a lot to live up to. The way Eden played for us I knew we wouldn’t have him long, I hope he gets a chance at Bristol as it would be a crying shame if he were just slung in their A League team had forgotten about.


Little chance of that happening, he'll be 2nd choice to Madigan next season so he'll be getting plenty of premiership game time
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Originally posted by Bristolfan Bristolfan wrote:

Originally posted by teambarnham teambarnham wrote:

I think the problem is whoever we signed was always going to have a tough time following Tiff Eden. We seem to go through phases of having absolutely superb fly halves (Jimmy Arlidge was another) but I always feel sorry for their successors as they have one heck of a lot to live up to. The way Eden played for us I knew we wouldn’t have him long, I hope he gets a chance at Bristol as it would be a crying shame if he were just slung in their A League team had forgotten about.


Little chance of that happening, he'll be 2nd choice to Madigan next season so he'll be getting plenty of premiership game time

I too think he will be getting game time with only 3 10s in the squad, but surely he will be third choice behind Sheedy (at least for the first couple of games)?

Madigan has been mentoring our younger players so I would imagine Tiff has already felt the benefits of his move.

For what it's worth I tipped Ealing to win the whole thing but due to the shock departure I can't see them doing it but happy to be proved wrong. Not Nots will bully their way through the league now and win it. At the other end going by previous season; Scottish will struggle, Leeds may implode but will be comfortably mid table if avoided, can't see Cov doing as well as tipped despite signings. Hartpury won't go down as they'll bring in reinforcements from Glaws if it starts going belly up. Richmond looked a very good side last year and despite being semi pro their players are on a thick wedge when compared to other pro clubs. Will be interesting to see who is for the chop and too close to call right now.

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Originally posted by Rinkadink Rinkadink wrote:

 
I too think he will be getting game time with only 3 10s in the squad, but surely he will be third choice behind Sheedy (at least for the first couple of games)?

I fully agree with this Sheedy is probably the best defensive 10 of the three quality players and Briz will surely look first to their defence as they try to consolidate their position. 
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Originally posted by Silverfish Silverfish wrote:

1. London Irish
2. Ealing Trailfinders
3. Doncaster Knights
4. Jersey
5. Bedford
6. Richmond 
7. Cornish Pirates
8. Yorkshire Carnegie
9. Hartpury
10. Coventry
11. London Scottish
12. Nottingham
 
Ooooo now it's my turn to have a shot a someone's predictions. Silverfish why have you placed the boys at 11th?
 
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Originally posted by Silverfish Silverfish wrote:


<span>1. London Irish</span>
<span>2. </span><span>Ealing Trailfinders</span>
<span>3. Doncaster Knights</span>
<span>4. Jersey</span>
<span>5. Bedford</span>
<span>6. Richmond  </span>
<span>7. Cornish Pirates</span>
<span>8. Yorkshire Carnegie</span>
<span>9. Hartpury</span>
<span>10. Coventry</span>
<span>11. London Scottish</span>
<span>12. <span>Nottingham</span></span>


I think your top 4 are about right

As for the rest I think it is too close to call at the moment, they could be in any order - should be a very interesting season
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Irish
Ealing
Bedford
Jersey
Pirates
Doncaster
Leeds
Scottish
Richmond
Coventry
Hartpury
Nottingham

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Originally posted by Rinkadink Rinkadink wrote:

Originally posted by Bristolfan Bristolfan wrote:

Originally posted by teambarnham teambarnham wrote:

I think the problem is whoever we signed was always going to have a tough time following Tiff Eden. We seem to go through phases of having absolutely superb fly halves (Jimmy Arlidge was another) but I always feel sorry for their successors as they have one heck of a lot to live up to. The way Eden played for us I knew we wouldn’t have him long, I hope he gets a chance at Bristol as it would be a crying shame if he were just slung in their A League team had forgotten about.


Little chance of that happening, he'll be 2nd choice to Madigan next season so he'll be getting plenty of premiership game time

I too think he will be getting game time with only 3 10s in the squad, but surely he will be third choice behind Sheedy (at least for the first couple of games)?

Madigan has been mentoring our younger players so I would imagine Tiff has already felt the benefits of his move.

For what it's worth I tipped Ealing to win the whole thing but due to the shock departure I can't see them doing it but happy to be proved wrong. Not Nots will bully their way through the league now and win it. At the other end going by previous season; Scottish will struggle, Leeds may implode but will be comfortably mid table if avoided, can't see Cov doing as well as tipped despite signings. Hartpury won't go down as they'll bring in reinforcements from Glaws if it starts going belly up. Richmond looked a very good side last year and despite being semi pro their players are on a thick wedge when compared to other pro clubs. Will be interesting to see who is for the chop and too close to call right now.


He could well be behind sheedy, however he was excellent for Nottingham last season and so whereas sheedy didn't get as much game time (due to Madigans boot) he proved himself to be one of the leagues best fly half's. Does make for a very interesting battle though.

I think ealing will pip irish next season, despite losing codling I reckon they have enough quality to do it. I reckon it'll be between Hartpury and Richmond for the drop with Hartpury going down, but in reality my opinion is worth very little...

Want to wish everyone a good season though, and hopefully Irish can be toppled to give another club a chance of Premiership rugby
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For what it's worth, I will have a stab at a shot in the dark and predict the final standings before a ball has been passed, however, I do reserve the right to review again as we go into the first round of cup games.

My view is that there are 4 mini leagues within the Championship this coming season, whereby any team can finish anywhere within that sub section.
So:

Section 1
LI
Ealing - This is going to be another close run thing and ET could spring a surprise here. Let's hope for a winner takes all final day of the season.

Section 2
Donny
Jersey
Pirates
Bedford - Knights and Pirates to build on their solid season from last year. Jersey, once again have had a large turnover in playing staff, but I expect them to have a strong 2nd half to the season and finish strongly. For the Blues, they have lost some very key players and it will be interesting to see how this does or does not affect them.

Section 3
YC
Nottingham - I don't think that it is any secret that YC do not have any money to seriously build on their squad from last season and if anything are looking to reduce costs, this could be an average season from their very high standards. Nottingham have been drifting in the past couple of seasons and I can see that changing dramatically, so another mid table finish for them.

Section 4
Richmond
Coventry
Hartpury
LS - Perm any 1 from 4 for the drop. Yes, I include LS in this. They may have made a couple of good signings, but they had a pretty awful season last time out and it will take some turning around to get them back on track.

Anyway, those are my guesses at this stage, can't wait to get underway.
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I agree with your section 1 Brizzer but remain in huge doubt about the other ten clubs in the league. I expect Leeds to have a brilliant defence this year under Bode's watch and I expect Scottish to be much better than last year when they had a brilliant attacking midfield but virtually no defence in the 10 channel. I don't see a really weak side that is likely to be cut adrift and predict 32 points or 7 wins as the safety level this term. A last day shoot out between Irish and Ealing would be brilliant - they would surely sell out the ground at Reading. If it does go down to the wire I hope they relax the rule requiring all of the last round matches to be played at the same time as if its on the Sunday I would certainly want to go if it didn't prevent an Irish or Ealing supporter getting a ticket.
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I agree with CC. The uncertainty and what looks to me evenly matched ability gives us all something to look forward to. By Christmas things might be different.
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I think this could be one of the most unpredictable seasons since the championships' inception. the sense that LI are potentially vulnerable certainly adds to the excitement. conversely at the bottom I don't see an obvious pick for relegation. I picked Hartpury but I've no confidence in my pick whatsoever. it could be that another so-called "established" championship club gets dragged into the mire this season.
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Originally posted by corporalcarrot corporalcarrot wrote:

I agree with your section 1 Brizzer but remain in huge doubt about the other ten clubs in the league. I expect Leeds to have a brilliant defence this year under Bode's watch and I expect Scottish to be much better than last year when they had a brilliant attacking midfield but virtually no defence in the 10 channel. I don't see a really weak side that is likely to be cut adrift and predict 32 points or 7 wins as the safety level this term. A last day shoot out between Irish and Ealing would be brilliant - they would surely sell out the ground at Reading. If it does go down to the wire I hope they relax the rule requiring all of the last round matches to be played at the same time as if its on the Sunday I would certainly want to go if it didn't prevent an Irish or Ealing supporter getting a ticket.


hear hear about Irish and Ealing CC. a last day shake down would be fantastic for the league in general and would hopefully earn the championship far greater exposure.
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Very early but the initial odds show Irish 8/13 and Trailfinders 11/8. Too early yet to get odds on Saturday's match but will be worth a look when the teams are announced. Blues & Yorkies are bookies third favourites.

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Can you pop a screenshot / breakdown of this on here - my works network thinks I want to be gambling so has blocked that link.
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Originally posted by castleparknight castleparknight wrote:

Can you pop a screenshot / breakdown of this on here - my works network thinks I want to be gambling so has blocked that link.


These are best odds, so not necessarily with the same bookie:

LI - 8/13
ET - 11/8
BB - 25/1
YC - 25/1
CP - 50/1
JR - 50/1
DK - 80/1
LS - 80/1
HC - 100/1
NT - 100/1
CV - 250/1
RM - 250/1

Some really great value outside of LI & ET IMHO, the stand out ones for me are YC, CP and DK. Of course, this makes no difference as Jersey will win the league at a cantor at odds of 50/1....get your neighbours house on it!!
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Thank you Brizzer

Carnegie at 25/1 are they blowing up someones derriere? And Cov at 250/1 Lol

I am off to the bookies, won't waste my money on Carnegie but a few of the other options are worth a dabble.
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Originally posted by castleparknight castleparknight wrote:

Thank you Brizzer

Carnegie at 25/1 are they blowing up someones derriere? And Cov at 250/1 Lol

I am off to the bookies, won't waste my money on Carnegie but a few of the other options are worth a dabble.
I would save your money cpk. Apart from the odds on Irish & Trailfinders they could offer 1000-1 on the rest and I wouldn't be tempted unless the bookies offer the equivalent of a put option on the others not winning the league! I'm much more interested in the odds on the televised match on Saturday but these rarely show up before the teams are announced. The referee will be important for that one and should be broadcast online later today.
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I was hoping for an each way, placing in top 4 Wink
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