Super 8s to be scrapped after clubs vote through restructuring changes for 2019

• Super League get their way over one-up, one-down structure
• Lower league clubs say change will lead to financial uncertainty

The Super 8s are to be replaced with a conventional one-up, one-down structure between the Super League and the Championship after proposals to restructure domestic rugby league in time for the 2019 season were overwhelmingly approved at a extraordinary general meeting of the Rugby Football League and the sport’s professional clubs.

Super League, led by chief executive, Robert Elstone, have been seeking to end the current Super 8s league format for some time. Opposition to that from a number of clubs outside of Super League led to the RFL calling an EGM in Salford on Friday for a final, decisive vote on the issue – and almost two-thirds of those in attendance voted to approve the changes, meaning this will be the last season of the current format.

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