Euro Cup evolution

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  1. siv

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    Seems the RLEF is looking at evolving the Euro Cup / Shield / Bowl or A B C grouos according to the IRL podcast

    3 tiers

    With the top 6 nation tier broken in two with 2 x 3 grouos
     
  2. deluded pom?

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    Very much a reflection of the Oceania Cup then.
     
  3. Jim from Oz

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    So what will be the teams in A, B and C?
    I presume England, Wales and France in Pool A?
     
  4. Pommy

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    Has the super league got a mid season break in 2020? I know they didn’t do it this year but I’m hoping it’s a one off.
     
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    You’d also have Scotland, Ireland, Greece and Italy. Serbia don’t seem up to it. Spain?
     
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    No. No break in 2020 believe it or not.
     
  7. Pommy

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    I totally believe it, classic stupidity. This should be the third Denver test. I know it fell on it’s arse but surely we could have lined someone else up.
     
  8. Jim from Oz

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    Let’s face it, it’s very hard to find a week’s break when you have an idiotically long 29-game season, with ludicrous loop fixtures , plus challenge cup matches etc
     
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    they managed it for two seasons so it’s not that hard. Do it origin weekend so nrl players can be involved.
     
  10. adamkungl

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    They should stick with 4N for the top tier.
    Better format, more competitive intensity.
     
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    I’ve seen it mentioned, but not confirmed, that England will play a mid season game when a full SL round is scheduled with no more than three players selected from one club.
     
  12. Springs09

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    I dont mind 3 team pools if there's 2 pools in the top tier, like -
    A - England, Wales, Ireland
    B - France, Scotland, Italy

    Could even have a cross-pool game so each team gets 3 games like pools c and d in the 2013 and 2017 World Cups.

    England v Wales
    France v Italy
    Ireland v Scotland

    England v Italy
    Wales v Ireland
    France v Scotland

    England v Ireland
    Wales v France
    Scotland v Italy

    Final - 1st A v 1st B
     
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    fingers crossed they take that approach else the Celtic nations and France will be going from 3 annual games to just 2 - thats regression.
     
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    Just listened to the podcast, a few bits not mentioned in this thread:

    - The move is in order to be more attractive to broadcast partners. The RLEF put the WCQs to potential partners but NOBODY wanted it.

    - Some announcements to be made before Christmas.

    - 2 groups of 3 in a top tier of 6.

    - A final (to appeal to broadcasts) ‘flagship event’ and a ‘trophy lift’

    - 2022 Euros will also include a relegation play off with Euro B winner.
     
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    Well yes and no. Wales and France played no tests this year.

    And yes, regression - exactly what the current format of the Oceania Cup is.

    It really shouldn't be hard to give the Euro Nations regular games. Ex:
    Year 1 - Euro Six Nations w/England using the above format. Possible tests v touring sides.
    Year 2 - 8-team IRL tournament. WC Qualifiers for Euro Nations not involved.
    Year 3 - The regular European Cup while England is touring/hosting tours. Tests v touring sides such as Australia, NZ or Tonga.
    Year 4 - World Cup.
     
  16. bazza

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    Should be sets of 4 nations
    Play each other once over 3 weeks then final (can have relegation 3v4 as well if you want)

    A: England, France, Wales, Scotland/Ireland

    England could be a chance of winning a game (or at least scoring a couple of tries)
     

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