The pipe and baccy to be used for this year's competition has been announced:
The tobacco will be Gawith Hoggarth & Co's. "Rum and Maple Ready Rubbed". This blend is not currently commercially available so unfortunately we won't be able to practice with it beforehand. However, the description is "a traditional English type blending and non-aromatic". Personally, I find GH's blends to be based on great tobacco so it should be a good smoke.
The pipe will be a Peterson's Aran 15. This is a classic billiard shape so it will make a handsome addition to your collection.