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Former rugby league club owner slams inclusion of Leigh in Super League

Former Harlequins rugby union and Melbourne Storm boss Mark Evans has had his say on how both codes can improve – including the idea that Leigh Centurions should not have been promoted.

Evans, in a brutally honest interview with The Guardian, slammed the idea of relegation in Super League and the belief that Sky feel viewers like it: “I’ve heard this, but show me the data. Where does it say more people watch poor teams? In lots of seasons there isn’t a relegation battle anyway,” Evans said.

“Leigh hardly won a game this year. Any new club has to add value. I don’t think Ealing would add value to the Premiership. If you suggested that in many other countries they’d look at you as if you were mad.

“You’ve got to grow your market. It’s not dissimilar to Super League adding Leigh.”

Evans also blasted the amount of restructuring currently going on in the 13-a-side code.

“You can’t talk about the number of teams without talking about the number of games, franchises, promotion and relegation, squad size and salary cap.

“League and union are both guilty of having huge debates about single issues when no single issue is going to get you to where you want to be. Both codes play too many games. 

“We’ve embraced play-offs so there’s no need to play everyone twice. In English rugby league they play the same teams too often.

“Oh look, it’s Warrington against Wigan … again! Clubs know they make a bit more money having more games, but that just diverts your attention from the real problems.”



  1. Chris Shaw

    October 3, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Rugby union people should stay out of talking bout rugby league union is there game totally different let us rugby league people get on wiv our game and sort it wiv out the help of union chipping in

  2. David Gray

    October 4, 2021 at 9:21 am

    It’s all about TV schedules, sky sports lots of time to fill.

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