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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gerg_861 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Apr 2021 at 14:54
A great listen. I would love to see a competition against the ProD2 as Lydon suggested.
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Given that there are only two sides (for the time being) with a budget to compete with ProD2, I can't see it happening.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Trailfinder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Apr 2021 at 18:22
Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Given that there are only two sides (for the time being) with a budget to compete with ProD2, I can't see it happening.

What was enlightening for me was that Lydon thought the gap wasn’t as great as I’d previously assumed. Apparently the pace and skills of the backs are greater in the Champ. Up front the ProD2 has the edge. 

I’d imagine any competition between the two leagues could garner a reasonable tv deal...
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Originally posted by Trailfinder Trailfinder wrote:

Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Given that there are only two sides (for the time being) with a budget to compete with ProD2, I can't see it happening.

What was enlightening for me was that Lydon thought the gap wasn’t as great as I’d previously assumed. Apparently the pace and skills of the backs are greater in the Champ. Up front the ProD2 has the edge. 

I’d imagine any competition between the two leagues could garner a reasonable tv deal...
Having watched level two (with a break or three) since1988, I'm afraid I'm doused in pessimism.
Probably just me though...
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Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Originally posted by Trailfinder Trailfinder wrote:

Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Given that there are only two sides (for the time being) with a budget to compete with ProD2, I can't see it happening.

What was enlightening for me was that Lydon thought the gap wasn’t as great as I’d previously assumed. Apparently the pace and skills of the backs are greater in the Champ. Up front the ProD2 has the edge. 

I’d imagine any competition between the two leagues could garner a reasonable tv deal...
Having watched level two (with a break or three) since1988, I'm afraid I'm doused in pessimism.
Probably just me though...

Iron sharpens iron. Japan played around a dozen meaningful tests in the run up to the 2019 world cup, getting games against a higher level of competition than usual. This meant that when it was time to perform, they were able to reach the knock out stages.

I think if Championship teams are given the opportunity to play against tougher challenges, some of the teams will rise to it, and they'll be more prepared for future challenges.
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Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Italy.
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Jersey played RC Vannes (currently 2nd in ProD2) a couple of years back in two pre-saeson friendlies home and away.  Two very entertaining games with a victory for Vannes in France and Jersey in the home leg.  Would love to see that repeated.
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Episode 3 up, featuring Ali Price (Bedford) and Tomas Francis (Donny and Scottish). Once again, an interesting listen. Ali Price was saying that the Scottish 2nd tier is roughly mid-Championship level. Not sure, but without the B&I I guess we'll never know.
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Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Episode 3 up, featuring Ali Price (Bedford) and Tomas Francis (Donny and Scottish). Once again, an interesting listen. Ali Price was saying that the Scottish 2nd tier is roughly mid-Championship level. Not sure, but without the B&I I guess we'll never know.

Hi Greg

I just recall the Scots teams being weaker as a general rule of thumb back in the day of the B&I cup, I thought Ali was being kind. It may be different now though, but this may be because of a lot more loannees from the Pro 14 clubs.....
Onward and Upwards C'mon Donny!
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