Players' union supports delay
The Super League players' union has given its support to the revolt by top-flight clubs over plans to re-structure the domestic game.
Ernie Benbow, chief executive of 1eagu3, has welcomed the decision of the Rugby Football League to postpone Wednesday's extraordinary general meeting which was expected to ratify a convoluted proposal to introduce two divisions of 12 teams, dividing into three of eight after 23 rounds, from 2015.
The RFL bowed to pressure from a majority of disgruntled Super League clubs, led by Wigan owner Ian Lenagan, to put off any decision on re-structuring until after the World Cup.
In a statement, 1eagu3 said: "We are delighted that sense has prevailed and the EGM to vote in the RFL's preferred re-structuring proposal has been postponed following a revolt by a majority of the Super League clubs.
"The league structure is not the central problem. There is nothing inherently wrong with the wonderful, simple yet totally enthralling, compelling and thrilling sport of rugby league.
"Given the expertise delivering clear commercial success at some of the games' top clubs we would urge those Super League clubs in that category to show leadership, take charge of the commercial strategy, grasp the opportunity and move the game forward with vision."
A poll of Super League players overwhelmingly rejected the RFL's preferred re-structuring option and 1eagu3 says it detailed its opposition in a formal written submission on September 5, arguing that the extra matches would increase the burden on players.
Benbow said; 'The game as a whole is seriously under-sold and under-valued.
"The players, our members, are often neglected but are indeed the crown jewels in the process of moving the game to a level at which it deserves to be.
"We welcome this pause for further debate and consultation. On the main issue within the game, the lack of revenue, almost all (97 per cent of members in a recent player poll) felt that the marketing of the game is simply not good enough."