AHEAD of Tuesday’s landmark announcement, the RFL has confirmed that its independent board of five members will determine which 14 teams will be awarded a Super League licence.
RFL chairman Richard Lewis, chief executive Nigel Wood, Clare Morrow, Bob Stott and Maurice Watkins will assess each club’s application and announce their decision at Old Trafford at 11am.
Co-operative Championship side Widnes Vikings are already assured of a place and Halifax could yet join them in the top flight, meaning that two existing Super League clubs could be demoted.
Clubs that meet the RFL’s A Grade criteria in five key areas will be assured of an A Grade licence, those that materially meet the criteria or satisfy the RFL that they will meet them in the next round of licensing will receive a B Grade licence.
The rest of the Super League and Championship clubs will then fight it out for the remaining licences, with the RFL board taking into account the extent to which each club helps meet the strategic aims and objectives of the licensing process, the historical activity of the clubs and the RFL’s reasonable opinion as to the candidates’ future performance.
Following the announcement, the RFL will inform each club of their grading and set-up a meeting at which they will present detailed feedback on the application.
No public summaries of the feedback process will be made until these meetings have taken place.
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