Rugby league 'realignment' talks with RFL and Super League likely to start next week

SUPER League will start talks to ‘realign’ with the Rugby Football League next week.

But interim chairman Ken Davy insisted it does not mean just going back to how things were.

Huddersfield star Jermaine McGillvary wants heads of both bodies ‘banged together’ for the sake of the sport.

Now those discussions are set to start. However, the end result will not be as it was before the top flight’s ‘breakaway’ in 2018.

And an outcome is hoped for by the end of August, with the furore over Super League being played at the same time as England v Combined Nations All Stars not influencing the timing.

Davy said: “They'll probably be starting next week. It’s impossible to say with certainty but I’m working towards a late August expectation we’ll get to a conclusion.

“I hope we can advance discussions fairly rapidly – I know Simon Johnson and Ralph Rimmer at the RFL are also keen to progress them.

“But realignment doesn’t mean losing the identity of Super League nor does it mean going back to previous arrangement with the RFL.

“We’re talking about negotiations with the RFL to find a solution that works for game as a whole. It will almost certainly involve compromise.

“For clarity, the international had no impact on planning. The timing was in my plans some time ago.

“The important thing is whole game goes forward together. Together we can be stronger.”

Club coaches hit out at the scheduling of the England clash, especially as the increase on Covid-19 cases hit, while many fans described it as ’pointless’ and ‘meaningless.’

But Davy was adamant Super League supported England and circumstances meant they could not miss a week.

He added: “It’s a reality the fixtures working group recommended a blank weekend on international weekend but circumstances were such, the board decided with the pressure on fixtures there ought to be fixtures then.

“My preference would’ve been for them not to be but the reality is that for both England and the All Stars, virtually every player came from Super League.

“There’s no doubt the clubs gave tremendous support to Shaun Wane and Tim Sheens.”

Davy also revealed there is an opportunity to have Super League matches on free to air TV as part of the new deal with Sky.

As many as 10 games can be shown in 2022 and 2023, with them likely to be screened after the 2022 Challenge Cup final in May.

He said: “It’s very early days on a second deal but I believe that this is a real opportunity to widen TV coverage of the sport.

“And there is formal interest.”

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