An expanded 13-team Premiership and a promotion-relegation play-off with the winners of the Championship is being mentioned, RFU chief govt Invoice Sweeney has confirmed.
The query of whether or not or to not retain automated one up, one down promotion and relegation between English rugby union’s high flight and second tier is one which rears its head yearly, with Newcastle Falcons being relegated on the finish of the 2018/19 season and London Irish being promoted again on the first try.
However relatively than ring-fencing the Premiership for 3 years, as instructed by Bristol Bears proprietor Steve Lansdown, the concept being thought of by the RFU, Premiership Rugby, the Championship and the Rugby Gamers Affiliation would see an additional crew added to the highest division plus the introduction of a home-and-away play-off to determine promotion or relegation.
“There’s a conversation going on at the moment where you could end up with a situation where you have 13 clubs in the Premiership and an end-of-season play-off between the bottom of the Premiership and top of the Championship,” Sweeney instructed Sky Sports activities.
“It could be a home-and-away-type construction. It isn’t ring-fencing, so there’s nonetheless the likelihood to stand up and that is being mentioned.
“It isn’t a proposal but, there are a selection of events in that – PRL, the Championship and us as nicely, and the RPA concerned as nicely.
“There are a number of people having that discussion, it’s moving along and we would need to take that as a proposal to council.”
Alongside these talks are discussions over the usage of gamers throughout groups within the two competitions and funding between the 2 leagues.
The monetary state of the Championship was introduced into the highlight final week following the information Leeds-based outfit Yorkshire Carnegie had proposed an organization voluntary association with its collectors.
Sweeney gave assurances the RFU are carefully monitoring the state of affairs and that the membership would be capable of proceed within the Championship for the 2019/20 season if a passable settlement could be reached.
“You don’t want to see it for a number of reasons,” Sweeney stated. “It is a super facility up there, you do not wish to see it for the geographical unfold of rugby union as a result of Yorkshire is a key county and we wish to progress it there.
“We’re conscious of the conversations and we’re staying very near them. They are going into that CVA course of. If they arrive out of that and are capable of attain answer with their collectors, then they might stay within the Championship.”