Super League 2018 kicks off with some clubs unsure what they’re playing for

The season begins on Thursday but a decision is still to be made on how many clubs will be in Super League 2019

While only 61 days will have passed since England’s World Cup final defeat by Australia when Warrington and Leeds get the 2018 Super League season under way on Thursday, there is a familiar feeling that it cannot come soon enough after another frustrating winter in rugby league.

Not for the first time the sport’s domestic calendar begins with more questions than answers but, this year, it should have been different. England’s first appearance in the World Cup final for 22 years left many optimistic about the future, even if the nature of that defeat by the all-conquering Kangaroos had a familiar feeling of so near yet so far about it.

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