Super League To Be Cut From 14 To 12 Clubs As Rugby Football League Pushes Changes
Super League clubs "have given the go-ahead for a radical overhaul of domestic rugby league," according to Ian Laybourn of the London TELEGRAPH. Representatives of the 14 current Super League clubs voted at a meeting in St. Helens to cut the division to 12 at the end of the '14 season, "ratifying an earlier decision to scrap the much-maligned licensing system in favour of a return to automatic promotion and relegation." The clubs also agreed to implement a "convoluted proposal" from the Rugby Football League "which would see two divisions of 12 teams divide into three of eight two-thirds of the way" through the '15 season. The top eight in Super League "will then play off as normal for a place in the Grand Final, with the bottom four joining the top four from the Championship to play each other for the right to compete in the top flight" in '16 (TELEGRAPH, 1/17). The DONCASTER FREE PRESS reported Doncaster "will get a shot at reaching the Super League next year after a radical overhaul of domestic rugby league." The new structure "is expected to be ratified by the Rugby League board this week" (DONCASTER FREE PRESS, 1/20).