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RFL targeting return for Championship and League One

The RFL are looking at a potential March return for the Championship and League One next year.

The competitions were declared null and void this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the latest advice from the government saying crowds will not permitted in grounds until April, the governing body say there is a shared desire to return before then.

More details will be discussed as part of a Championship and League One forum next month.

The RFL will also discuss more with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to work on a road map for clubs to return.

Simon Johnson, the RFL Chair, said: “As we reflect on the Coral Challenge Cup Final, it is important that we continue to work with the clubs outside the Betfred Super League who have now gone almost seven months without any competitive action.

“The recent announcement that spectators would not be permitted to return to sport was a blow to these clubs, as it was to those in the Betfred Super League, as the return of spectators was key to the plans for the resumption of the Betfred Championship and League 1 competitions as soon as possible this winter.

“At the moment, we are led to believe crowds will not return until April. But as we have seen, these things can change – and with the Our League app, we do have the ability to provide coverage of matches direct to supporters even when crowds are not permitted in the grounds.

“It is difficult to come up with firm fixture plans given that ongoing uncertainty, but we want to give our clubs and supporters an idea of what might be possible in 2021.”

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