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Should the professional game follow the NCL’s lead?

At the end of April, the NCL announced they had cancelled their league season, and that it would be replaced with regional conferences.

Could the professional leagues follow suit?

With the leagues not likely to return for a few months yet, there has to come a point where you have to assess whether or not it is worth carrying on the rest of the season.

Unlike in football, the season was nowhere completed. Seven games in for the Super League, five in the Championship, and one in League One. Some teams have not even been able to play fixtures due to storms earlier this year.

The idea of sorting teams into conferences for this season, with no promotion or relegation, could be a good thing for the sport. It could breathe new life into it.

It also gives teams something to play for. The only thing with cancelling it all together, and teams just play friendlies, is interest will dwindle from the players and the fans as well.

Here is a possible example of how it work:

Super League Conference 1: Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, Huddersfield Giants, St Helens, Salford Red Devils, Toronto Wolfpack.

Super League Conference 2: Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos, Wakefield Trinity, Catalans Dragons, Hull FC, Hull KR.

Every team plays each other home and away in the conferences, and the top two go into the semi-finals against the top two from the other conference.

The Grand Final could then remain at Old Trafford.

It is certainly not the only way to handle this. There are several logistical issues in terms of teams in France and Canada.

Obviously, in those countries, there are different restrictions as they will be at different stages in battling the coronavirus pandemic.

If no solution is found for these teams, then it could be a case where have no choice but to call time until it is safe to resume, and that may be the 2021 season.

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