Hull KR boss Danny McGuire has his say on whether Toulouse Olympique should be exempt from Super League relegation

The topic of promotion and relegation is always a sore one in rugby league.

The idea has been tinkered with over the years from being fully scrapped in the licensing period to one up, one down that we see nowadays.

However, there is a strong argument that teams who have been promoted need more than just one season in Super League to be able to build a winning combination.

For Hull KR boss Danny McGuire, whose side hosted Toulouse Olympique at Craven Park last week live on Sky Sports, he is torn between the idea of giving the French side exemption from relegation.

“It’s a tough one relegation, it’s inbuilt in our culture and without relegation it’s not really British sport,” McGuire said.

“I would have no issue if they had a period of adjusting and adapting and being able to invest in youth to bring some of their own players through as that’s the only way they can be successful.

“Buying players every year is not a good model and, as Catalans have shown, it takes a while to get up to speed.”

The sense of indecision was etched along McGuire’s face who seemed genuinely unsure over what is the best policy moving forward for the game.

“I’m caught in the middle, I want us to look after the clubs that have made our game what it is but I’m not against expansion.

“I would love Toulouse to be a success.”

Of course, Toulouse have been at the bottom of the Super League table for most of 2022 with only a week’s hiatus being above Wakefield Trinity until the latter’s massive win over Castleford Tigers.

But, the French side have been more than competitive in every Super League game following the signings of Corey Norman and Daniel Alvaro etc yet that still might not be enough to save them.

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