Super 8s to be scrapped for 2019

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It has been announced today that 2018 will be the final year of the Super 8s.

A one-up, one-down system is expected to be in place next season which signals the end of the Super 8s after just four years.

The news was revealed at Super League CEO Robert Elstone’s opening press conference today.

Also at the press conference were St Helens and Wigan chairmen Eamonn McManus and Ian Lenagan.

Elstone said the Super 8s had “too much uncertainty” while McManus commented: “We do not believe it is producing the right commercial returns.”

Lenagan mentioned that Leeds Rhinos were the only team in Super League opposing the structure change.

The Million Pound Game is set to remain but will be played between the top two teams in the Betfred Championship.