FOLLOWING a meeting in Manchester today, the RFL has agreed to a restructure for the 2019 season and beyond.

The RFL called an extraordinary Council meeting today in order to vote on a Proposal for the restructuring of Rugby League by the removal of the Super 8s for the 2019 season, guaranteed promotion and relegation to Super League, and funding to and beyond the current broadcast deal was supported.

The secret ballot supported the proposal by 68% of votes cast. North Wales Crusaders has engaged with the Championship and League 1 clubs over the last few months and was kept informed of developments and given the opportunity to contribute by the Championship and League 1 Advisory Group.

The approval of the Proposal gives the RFL the mandate to conclude a formal legal agreement with Super League Europe Limited for the future structure and funding of the sport to the end of the current broadcast deal at the end of 2021 and beyond.

The new structure will see the current Super 8’s system cease to exist in favour of a one up, one down format with the Betfred Championship being expanded to a 14 team competition with two teams relegated to / promoted from the Betfred League One each year.