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Rugby League

RFL confirm new structure

14th September 2018, 13:59 by Tom Hill

Rugby league clubs have voted to scrap the Super 8s and will now return to a promotion and relegation system from 2019.

Club chiefs met with the Rugby Football League board in Manchester on Friday after months of confusion.

Super League clubs wanted to introduce a new system but they needed at least four clubs from the Championship and League One to agree to their proposals.

Clubs voted by a two-thirds majority to scrap the system ahead of the new campaign. The Super 8s were introduced in 2015 but a "one up, one down" system will be back in place from next season.

Leeds Rhinos were the only club in the top flight to reject the new system that will now see five teams fight it out for the playoffs and Grand Final.

Commenting on the new proposal, RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer said: "Today’s announcement is about a number of things: structure simplification, funding certainty, shared responsibilities and growing the sport together with clearly defined responsibilities.

"It follows a scheduled mid-cycle review and substantial negotiation. Its focus throughout has been securing clear commitments for the whole sport post-2021 so that the sport has certainty and can move forward, focused on growth.

"It is vital that we now draw a line under the last period; and focus our collective energies on promoting the sport and the fantastic players on the pitch who should be the ones making the headlines.

"The whole sport has a massive opportunity in the home World Cup in 2021. All of us now need to look forward together and focus on the job in hand."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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