Move To Commercial Certainty Or Absurd Grab For Power? Super League Look To Scrap Super 8s

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13 June 2018

Incoming Super League CEO, Robert Elstone has caused a storm in his opening press conference this week by announcing that the Super 8 format will not be carried forward for the 2019 season.

A one-up, one-down system is expected to be in place next season, he said signalling the end of the Super 8s after just four years. The Million Pound Game is set to remain but will be played between the top two teams in the Betfred Championship.

The RFL denied that any such decisions had been finalised:

"These discussions are still ongoing," the RFL statement read. "The RFL has been in discussions with representatives of the Super League since the turn of the year.

"We have been in regular and broadly constructive meetings with them and Championship and League One clubs about potential changes that could strengthen our sport going forward.

"No binding decisions have been made across a range of issues, including competition structure, but progress is being made. Further meetings are expected to take place between all parties in due course."

St Helens and Wigan chairmen Eamonn McManus and Ian Lenagan who sat with Elstone during the press conference are fully supportive of the changes. Leeds Rhinos are seemingly the only team in Super League opposing the structure change, although teams in the championship and League One are understandably upset by the idea of being shut out of a promotion pathway that benefits them.

Elstone said the Super 8s had “too much uncertainty”

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