Rugby League Today: New structures confirmed, St Helens lift League Leaders’ Shield, Elstone and Rimmer on future

Drew Darbyshire

We have 14 new stories on site today.

What’s on site

Dom Manfredi scored two tries to help Wigan ease past Warrington and clinch their sixth win on the bounce last night. Read our report here

Warrington coach Steve Price spoke highly of debutant Luis Johnson following their defeat at Wigan.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane said he can’t imagine the pain that Dom Manfredi has been through over the last two years.

St Helens finally clinched the League Leaders Shield with a commanding 38-12 victory over Hull FC at the Totally Wicked Stadium last night. Read our report here

Proposals to scrap the Super 8s have been voted through following the RFL’s EGM on Friday morning.

Super League will revert to a top five play-off system from 2019, after its proposals for change were voted through. Here is how the new Super League play-off system will work

The Championship will increase to 14 teams next season as part of the league re-structuring.

We now know the shape of the game in 2019. Here is how the Championship and League 1 will work in 2019

After proposals to scrap the Super 8s and bring back one-up, one-down promotion and relegation, we look at five things that need to happen under the new structure.

Newcastle Thunder have signed prop Alex Rowe from Batley for 2019.

The latest ‘have your say’ feature is out now. We finally know the structure for 2019, so what do you think of it?

RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer says that the sport needs to draw a line under the last period and focus on the future.

Super League chiefs have been reacting to the RFL EGM on Friday which saw their proposals voted through.

The changes to the Championship for 2019 have thrown a lifeline for Swinton, who had been set for relegation to League 1.

What’s in the papers

Rugby league clubs vote to scrap controversial Super 8s system in ground-breaking meeting, report the Mirror.

Sam Burgess embroiled in sexting probe after woman left ‘violated and disgusted’ by Facebook video call, report the Mirror.

Super 8s to be crapped after clubs vote through revamp for 2019, report The Guardian.

Rugby league to restructure after EGM vote goes Super League’s way, report The Sun.

Sam Burgess caught up in alleged sexting storm in Australia, report The Sun.

Super League chief Robert Elstone believes it is now time for action after EGM vote, report The Sun.

Wigan 26 Warrington 6: Five things we learned, report Wigan Today.

Young Saints turn on the style to clinch League Leaders Shield, report St Helens Star.

What’s on social

It was fantastic to see Dom Manfredi back in action after two years on the treatment table!

A solid debut from Luis Johnson last night.

Who knew Shaun Wane had the moves?


A fully deserved trophy for St Helens after a phenomenal season.

What’s on TV/Radio

LIVE NRL: South Sydney Rabbitohs v St George Illawarra Dragons – 10:40am, Sky Sports Arena

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The latest Super League Pod is available to download now, in association with Love Rugby League.

The latest ‘Sport at Six’ podcast by BBC Radio Manchester’s Jack Dearden and Trevor Hunt is available to download now.

The latest Rugby League show on Proper Sport is available to download now.

The latest Whippets and Flat Caps podcast is available to download now, presented by Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan.

The latest 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to download now, presented by Dave Woods.

The Final Hooter podcast by Love Rugby League’s Dave Parkinson and Adrian Jackson is now available to download.