The RFU Future Competitions Structure Group has released a recommendation paper on the adult male competitions structure, which include the National Leagues, for implementation in the 2021/22 season.

The proposals were revealed on Friday and include:

  • An increase in the number of leagues, but smaller league sizes. (E.G – National One would only include 14 teams whilst National Two would be three leagues of 14 teams)
  • Week breaks in the fixture schedule.
  • Rather than one week off at Christmas, club’s would be entitled to two.
  • Promotion and relegation format would remain the same.

The RFU’s potential plans follow engagement with the game over the last nine months and our chairman John Inverdale was part of the discussions. The RFU have collected evidence and our game’s governing body acknowledges that players are playing less games each season due to lifestyle reasons and modern day demands on time.

‘The paper recognises the significant opportunity for rugby to develop an optimal playing offer and structure that protects the future health of the adult male game, meets the needs of current and future players, balances quality of experience and player welfare needs and limits travel, while protecting the sustainability of clubs.’

Click here to read the plan

Feedback is welcomed ahead of the RFU Council decision on Friday 2 October 2020. Please click here to share your views. You can also access FAQs here.

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