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No Championship and League One decision for two weeks

The RFL have announced a decision on Championship and League One, as well as promotion and relegation, may not come for another two weeks.

The governing body held a meeting today with Championship and League One clubs, to gather the results of the survey that was sent out.

Most clubs decided playing games behind closed doors was impractical, with costs being the main voice of concern.

However, a small majority want to hold open the possibility of resuming the season. Costs for testing have come down, and there is a possibility crowds can be let in from September.

Promotion and relegation was also on the agenda, an issue which will also affect Super League clubs. The top tier is due to restart on 2nd August.

Discussions will now take place over the next two Mondays (13th and 20th) to discuss the current situation.

Simon Johnson, the RFL Chair, said: “After our meeting today, we are confirming some significant changes to the way the game will be played on the field when Rugby League resumes next month – which we believe are important and necessary to prioritise the welfare of players, and the success of the season when it resumes.

“We recognise that further important decisions are necessary in terms of the tiers below Super League, and promotion and relegation – and that there is urgency in making these decisions, which is why we have set some firm deadlines to ensure clarity well before the resumption of the Betfred Super League season on August 2.”

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