Six clubs walk out of Super League meeting

The RFL’s re-structuring plans remain in turmoil after a meeting of Super League clubs resulted in officials from six of them leaving the meeting.

It led to the meeting being suspended without resolution as no vote could be taken.

Officials from Catalan, Huddersfield, Hull, Hull KR, Warrington and Wigan all left the meeting, with the other eight clubs indicating their support for proposals to reduce the number of clubs in Super League from 14 to 12 from the 2015 season.

Super League Chairman Brian Barwick said: “It is very disappointing that we were unable to take a vote on such important issues because some clubs chose to leave the room and refuse to participate further.

“In many ways this form of action is unprecedented. These proposals would have had a positive impact on the whole sport but they were halted by a minority of clubs.

“Clearly some of the clubs have deep-rooted issues and between us we have to find a way of resolving our differences for the benefit of both Super League and the wider game.

“It is my view that this was a very unsatisfactory way for the six clubs to demonstrate their frustration.”

The six clubs blocked a decision on the format of Super League from 2015 on the basis that any debate on change should only take place alongside a review of the competition’s commercial management and governance.

Earlier this month, a scheduled EGM to push through the re-structuring proposals was postponed following a club revolt led by Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan.

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