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About bloody time...
melton tiger (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 16:28
...Reported on Saints board that Simon Cohen has said the English and French clubs have got together and issued an ultimatum to the Celts - the HC Qualification format has to change or else. Not seen the source but apparently its in the Rugby Paper

 
Re: About bloody time...
Tigergeezer (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 16:29
Too right. Bring it on.



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Re: About bloody time...
mentallymadmax (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 16:30
FIIIIIIGHT!

 
Re: About bloody time...
Johns (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 17:49
Yes it is in the Rugby paper.
The English and the French want the top eight of te Premiership, the French Top and the RaboDirect with the cash equalled out between the three leagues.

Plus Cohen is after a review of the smoothing of EPS funds and salary cap changes.

He will be popular with some.



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Re: About bloody time...
ra (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 17:50
(Sm152)



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Re: About bloody time...
Rich W (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 18:05
Get in!



...
To begin at the beginning:

It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless
and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched,
courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the
sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboatbobbing sea.

 
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Yorkie (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 18:11
Add it a TV money share deal like diveball and we have the full set!!


That long game I've told you to wait for in the past about to start?

Phase 2 Anglo-French League?



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Re: About bloody time...
JK (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 18:20
Each league to have the same salary cap?

(Sm30)

 
Re: About bloody time...
Tiggs (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 18:51
Don't get carried away, any likely change is only going to be a small change for Tigers in terms of cash, and results, in phase one at least.



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Re: About bloody time...
Rich W (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 18:53
Phase one is fine for now.



...
To begin at the beginning:

It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless
and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched,
courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the
sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboatbobbing sea.

 
Re: About bloody time...
vicky_c (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 19:34
Get in Mr Cohen, bring it on!

Nuclear option anyone?

 
Re: About bloody time...
customhouse (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 20:05
Mmm. The story is that the Welsh clubs are all in dire financial straits, anything which cuts their income could be serious. On the other hand, if they had to play properly for league positions then maybe it would attract a few more people to go along and watch.
Could also mean the end to trips to Italy for a while...

 
Re: About bloody time...
melton tiger (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 20:32
TBH I would be happy with a compromise whereby the top team from each Rabo nation qualified, and then the best 4 teams by league position after that. However, I prefer a 16 team tournament for HC anyway - more money for the participants and the rest in the Amlin which will then hopefully attract better sponsors and TV deal.

The key thing is the Rabo teams have to become more viable as independent entities from their national unions. That depends on making their League more attractive to fans and tv. The welsh and Scottish crowds need to near double - they haven't got Tiger Glaws and Northampton subsidising them through EPS and TV like Wasps and Newcastle have

 
Re: About bloody time...
Rich W (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 20:33
This!thumbs down



...
To begin at the beginning:

It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless
and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched,
courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the
sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboatbobbing sea.

 
Re: About bloody time...
SK 88 (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 22:24
Where did Treviso come last year? Pretty sure it was 7th but am happy to be proved otherwise.

 
Re: About bloody time...
seventyeight (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 22:36

 
Re: About bloody time...
SK 88 (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 22:45
fair cop, point withdrawn.

 
Re: About bloody time...
JK (IP Logged)
26 March, 2012 06:51
I would be very happy with a 32-team HC, 8 pools of four with the pool winners going into the QF.

Not a fan of this "best runner up" nonsense as so much comes down to luck and who else is in your pool.

 
Re: About bloody time...
Stopsy (IP Logged)
26 March, 2012 08:37
A straight 24 (8 Rabo, 8 France, 8 Eng) would do. 4 pools of 6 with top 2 going through although this obviously means more HEC pool games but will also increase the % of "we're out already" games so the 6 pools of 4 with 2 best runners up or even 8 pools of 3!

 
Re: About bloody time...
JK (IP Logged)
26 March, 2012 08:42
We could get really radical and limit the competition to clubs but then the Celts wouldn't figure past the group stages! We wouldn't want that would we??

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