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A League Format
usa warrior (IP Logged)
14 July, 2017 12:28
Big, and welcome, changes.

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Little Mazda 2
Re: A League Format
Reggie's Ghost (IP Logged)
14 July, 2017 13:00
Good for the players, and us. Well done the authorities.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: A League Format
TeflonTed (IP Logged)
14 July, 2017 18:01
Excellent news, I love Monday evening A games.

Excellent opportunity to see the up and coming youngsters, and a few old war horses as well.

And stretches the ST value even further!

 
vigorniensis
Re: A League Format
vigorniensis (IP Logged)
14 July, 2017 18:34
Long, long overdue and so obvious a requirement. Many of us were making this suggestion back in 2002 so that youngsters had more game play and injured players had a better chance of recovery with some 'A' team plays. Why does it take so long for these ideas to appear in Rugby Union, the converse of Rugby League. Is it a north-south syndrome?

 
WorcesterSauce
Re: A League Format
WorcesterSauce (IP Logged)
14 July, 2017 20:28
Great news but agree with vig, it's like it twkes rugby union so so long to implement ideas that are so obviously beneficial to the game.

 
FlipFlop
Re: A League Format
FlipFlop (IP Logged)
14 July, 2017 20:39
They like to make it look like they are calling the shots. They are fortunate to preside over a game that primarily sorts itself out.

Good news for fringe players and development of talent. Proper league where no relegation has its proper place. Hopefully taken seriously by the club.

 
Merlot Wasp
Re: A League Format
15 July, 2017 06:24
This is not a new format. It's the way it used to be run until about 6 or 7 years ago. Not sure why it was changed - possibly because a lot of games had to be called off, as clubs could not raise sides - but it's good to return to a format that was fit for purpose and meant fringe squad players and academy lads got some meaningful rugby.

 
ROLLO on tour
Re: A League Format
ROLLO (IP Logged)
15 July, 2017 20:39
You are correct about the previous format BTMT. One other benefit is that it gives supporters who sit in different stands to meet up at " chew the fat" See you Ted and Patgadd.

 
w4rriorz1980
Re: A League Format
w4rriorz1980 (IP Logged)
15 July, 2017 20:59
The food is somewhat of better quality on Monday too!

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: A League Format
TeflonTed (IP Logged)
16 July, 2017 09:01
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ROLLO
You are correct about the previous format BTMT. One other benefit is that it gives supporters who sit in different stands to meet up at " chew the fat" See you Ted and Patgadd.

A very good point indeed. And the away buses offer similar opportunities, as usual my new-season's resolution is to use them more.
Not for KP though, there are limits, and a bus half way to Norway is one of them.

 
Patgadd
Re: A League Format
Patgadd (IP Logged)
16 July, 2017 10:12
Quote:
ROLLO
You are correct about the previous format BTMT. One other benefit is that it gives supporters who sit in different stands to meet up at " chew the fat" See you Ted and Patgadd.

Clunton and Clunbury,
Clungunford and Clun,
Are the quietest places
Under the sun.


So wrote A.E. Housman, who clearly had never sat in the West stand at Sixways. It is therefore a great pleasure to meet Rollo, Ted and others there for Academy games, where the little crowd probably produces more noise than the regulars at AP matches, even when we don't recognise many of the players.

 
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Re: A League Format
TeflonTed (IP Logged)
16 July, 2017 11:59
Talking of Monday regulars, where's Schneiderlein lately?

 
Patgadd
Re: A League Format
Patgadd (IP Logged)
16 July, 2017 12:27
En France, je crois

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: A League Format
TeflonTed (IP Logged)
16 July, 2017 15:56
And having a summer beak from this site....wise man.

Thanks.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: A League Format
Faithful_City (IP Logged)
16 July, 2017 16:25
Oh yes can't wait for another batch of Monday night rugby.

JP

 
vigorniensis
Re: A League Format
vigorniensis (IP Logged)
17 July, 2017 11:04
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Beer Today, More Tomorrow
This is not a new format. It's the way it used to be run until about 6 or 7 years ago. Not sure why it was changed - possibly because a lot of games had to be called off, as clubs could not raise sides - but it's good to return to a format that was fit for purpose and meant fringe squad players and academy lads got some meaningful rugby.

I was of the opinion that this league, in days gone past, played from about October to mid-November, then stopped, and then a few games from February to March. I was assuming, possibly (probably) incorrectly, that this was going to be a "proper" league on home and away match basis? I don't recall this being the case in earlier years.

 
worcestawarrior
Re: A League Format
worcestawarrior (IP Logged)
17 July, 2017 12:28
Will our reduced squad be able to cope with the extra fixtures or will we be playing unrecognised guest players?

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: A League Format
TeflonTed (IP Logged)
17 July, 2017 12:36
My guess is that A sides will comprise academy players, along with senior squad third choice regulars and the odd first/second choice players returning from injury.

This should be fine for those positions where we actually have the luxury of second and third choices.

I don't think we'll see the considerable numbers of college and club players we've drafted in over the last couple of seasons, this refreshed A league structure will be taken more seriously.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: A League Format
Faithful_City (IP Logged)
17 July, 2017 15:41
Build bridges to Champioship clubs and use as trials the guest players have then got a big interest in performing.

JP

 
Merlot Wasp
Re: A League Format
17 July, 2017 15:42
vigorniensis - as others have confirmed, we are now reverting to the original format. North and South divisions, with sides playing each other home and away, then playoffs with the top two from each division. It began in September and ran through until April. The A League began around 2003 and this was the format used until about 2010.


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