Talks over the future of Super League

The future format of Super League was discussed at an initial meeting on Wednesday.

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood is heading a Policy Review to help implement a long-term strategic plan for rugby league at all levels.

On the agenda was the issue of Super League licensing and promotion and relegation, as well as competition structures, club sustainability and youth development.

Wood said: “The consultation process so far has been very successful with positive contributions from everyone involved.

“What is apparent from our work to date is that all parts of Rugby League want to see an integrated solution that ensures the vibrant future for the whole of the game.”

The RFL is currently consulting all Super League and Championships clubs, as well as the community game on all aspects of the process.

Any changes will only be implemented after the 2014 season, following the end of the current licensing period.

Also discussed was the future expansion of the sport, and the governing body’s responsibility towards European development.

Toulouse are believed to be interested in joining Super League as a second French side.

It is likely to be months before any decision is made on what’s going to happen – with Wednesday’s meeting serving as an ideas and suggestions session for the clubs involved.

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