Championships clubs in Featherstone summit

Date published: Thursday, February 6, 2014
CHAIRMAN Chris Hamilton represented Oldham today at a crucial pre-season meeting of rugby league clubs outside Super League.
The 23 clubs — 14 in the Championship and nine in Championship One — met at Featherstone.
The summit was designed to finalise the structure and format of this season’s second and third tier competitions in the wake of changes at the top level.
Promotion and relegation is back, with Super League to be cut from 14 clubs to 12 at the end of the 2014 campaign.
The nine clubs in Championship One in 2014 will each play 20 league games, comprising eight opponents home and away plus four additional games selected at random.
Oldham’s ‘extra’ maches are against Hemel Stags and Gloucester All Golds at Whitebank and against London Skolars and Gateshead Thunder away.
The Roughyeds’ first league game is South Wales Scorpions away, at Maesteg, on Sunday, March 2, followed by the first of Hemel’s two visits to Whitebank on Sunday, March 9.
Hunslet Hawks and York City Knights come down to replace promoted North Wales Crusaders and Rochdale Hornets.
In order to produce a Super League of 12 and a Championship of 12 in 2015 at least four clubs would be relegated to Championship One at the end of the coming season or even five if one club was promoted from tier three.
That seems the likely option, with promotion going not to the club that finishes top of the league but to the one that wins the play-off final.
“We’ll be talking about the format and the structure of Championship One — play-offs, promotion etc — and the financial implications,” said the Oldham chief.