Super League Super 8s to be scrapped in 2019

Paola Ditto
Giugno 13, 2018

Robert Elstone (CEO Super League) and Simon Moran (Warrington Wolves) at a press conference in warrington yesterday to introduce Elstone.

The format, in which the top two divisions are split into three tiers of eight - before the middle eight compete in the Qualifiers for the final four places in Super League the following year - has drawn much criticism since its introduction in 2015.

His outburst follows comments made earlier on Tuesday at a press conference to formally introduce the new chief executive for Super League, Robert Elstone.

Lenagan, who revealed that Leeds are the sole dissenting voice, said the Super League board remains committed to promotion and relegation but St Helens chairman Eammon McManus said there are plans to change the structure of the domestic game from 2019.

The former Everton chief executive spoke of his passion for rugby league at today's media conference in Warrington.

Eamonn McManus, the St Helens chairman, said: "After four years we don't believe the Super 8s is the optimum structure which produces the optimum commercial returns".

"Today's announcement regarding plans for next season appear to be an absurd grab for power for the game by a small group of men who think they own the game", he said.

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"Leeds Rhinos are not party to this and are totally against the creation of a separate Super League executive".

"Super League clubs voted 7 to 5 at our last meeting on some key issues related to promotion and relegation".

'The game is in need of strong leadership from (chairman) Brian Barwick and his board of directors at the Rugby Football League and this announcement should bring a response from everyone connected with the game'.

'We believe this was disrespectful to the present consultation process involving the RFL and Championship/League 1 representatives where we are nowhere near a conclusion.

"This is the only job that would have taken me away from Everton", he said. "The RFL is the governing body for rugby league".

"The job starts with building a positive working relationship with the Rugby Football League and that's recognising Super League's responsibilities to the wider game, too". "We believe it is very important that there is sole focus is Super League in order to grow the game significantly".

"I care passionately about this sport".

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