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    Posted: 26 Jun 2018 at 12:17
Might I suggest a new heading to replace the B&I cup Admin?

If we are stuck with it we should probably talk about it...

I'll start.

Is there a sponsor?

Is there a prize or prize money for winning or getting to the final?

Where is the final to be played and who gets the receipt money?

How is Bedford v Pirates logical if the pools are based on geography? Swapping Jersey and Bedford around makes more sense.

Will anyone take it seriously?

How can an 8 week break in league fixtures be beneficial to clubs?

How will the RFU be marketing this competition to ensure supporters turn up? Or is it up to the clubs? If so how are my club for example (Nottingham)supposed to sell three matches against Coventry in 5 weeks?
Nothing at all against Cov but that is a bit boring isn't it?

When are the quarters and semis to be played? I assume since there are only 2 matches scheduled for February in the league it might be then for the quarters.

The quote from the RFU is amazing:

"The Championship Cup will add an additional layer of competition and will also reignite old local rivalries which we’re really excited to see unfold.”

How are they reignited by a cup when we already play them in the league?

“The introduction of the Championship Cup competition next season is a positive step forward for our tier two clubs. We worked closely with the clubs to develop a competition that would encourage exciting local derbies and also give the clubs more game time outside of the 22 Championship rounds, which in turn will strengthen the development opportunities and competition among clubs in this country.” - RFU director of professional rugby, Nigel Melville.

Are they saying the clubs wanted to play each other more often but not in the league and with a huge break in the league campaign to facilitate these extra "derbies" using their development players? That is hard to believe.

You might have gathered I am not impressed with this at all. The B&I was rubbish but this is a disaster.
Seems like a missed opportunity to me. We could have had a cup across the top two divisions in some form or we could have gone back to the FA cup style Pilkington Cup format with an expanded Championship.
Instead we have this lame effort.
This format could result in big cash flow problems half way through the season for many clubs.
It is a huge retrograde step for me which reflects the half hearted approach the RFU generally take to the Championship.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Richard Lowther Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jun 2018 at 20:31
I've updated the forum name.

My view, It's a silly competition.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jun 2018 at 21:46
Almost as silly as the Premiership equivalent.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mark W-J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jul 2018 at 13:09
And now the Welsh and Irish regions are creating their own development competition:
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Robb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jul 2018 at 22:22
What a terrible waste of an opportunity to either give the National League clubs a chance to test themselves or let the Championship clubs get the opportunity to play the Premiership clubs.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jul 2018 at 22:49
The problem of creating a cup is that the National league sides have a full programme.
National league sides have budgets.
If they are going to give up  league games for a mickey mouse cup, they would want compensation.
As would the teams that would have to be relegated to make space in the schedule.
So go get a sponsor prepared to fund it properly - or be prepared to pony up significant amounts of your RFU funding  - and then come and talk.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote billesleyexile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jul 2018 at 08:50
Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

The problem of creating a cup is that the National league sides have a full programme.
National league sides have budgets.
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So go get a sponsor prepared to fund it properly - or be prepared to pony up significant amounts of your RFU funding  - and then come and talk.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gerg_861 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jul 2018 at 22:24
Bravo to whoever named this subforum. It made me laugh.
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