Re-structure decision called off as clubs revolt

Rugby league is in turmoil after Super League clubs revolted against the RFL and forced the postponement of an EGM to announce details of the game’s re-structure on Wednesday.

Led by Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan, the clubs are believed to be concerned that the plans for change would weaken the financial position of Super League clubs.

The EGM had been called to present the findings of the Policy Review, which has been ongoing for several months to help improve the game.

A big part of the review had been the proposals to change the structure of the game, with a new league consisting of two divisions of 12, which then splits in to three leagues of eight, and the re-introduction of automatic relegation and promotion included.

An RFL statement said: “A majority of Super League clubs have indicated an interest in further consultation on the detail of the proposals in order to reach the best solution.

“These discussions will continue to positively progress but all parties involved are unanimous in their belief that the key focus for rugby league at this moment is staging a successful Rugby League World Cup 2013 and this should be the focus of the sport.”

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