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“Rest in Peace Rugby League” – How social media reacted to IMG vote

The Rugby League Council, the sport’s decision-making body which comprises representatives from all three professional competitions and the community game, have today voted in favour of Club Grading – the first recommendation from IMG, the sport’s long term strategic partner, as part of the Reimagining Rugby League strategy.

In a Special General Meeting in Huddersfield, the Yorkshire town where the rebel rugby code was formed as the Northern Union in 1895, the recommendations were supported by a majority of clubs in each of the three professional competitions, and received unanimous support from the community game.

But how did the fans of the game feel about this decision?

Some fans bought into it and the belief that any club can now be a Super League side.

However, some felt the opinions of fans were being ignored.

That said, many were ready for the sport to begin to grow.

Meanwhile, some were of the view that changes were simply inevitable.

There were some of course calling it the death of the sport and they were called out as this was likened to creation of Super League.

They were still there in number however.

Others described this as a return to “the failure of franchising.”

Others believes it would make a “farce” of relegation calling back to when Wigan Warriors avoided the drop by breaking the salary cap.

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