Super League to feature 12 teams in 2021

By Sports Desk November 03, 2020

The Super League board has voted unanimously in favour of admitting a 12th team to the competition in 2021. 

The decision comes a day after Super League clubs voted against readmitting Toronto Wolfpack after they withdrew due to financial difficulties in July, shortly before the league was scheduled to resume after the coronavirus-enforced break. 

The Canadian club's results up to that point were expunged and the competition resumed with an 11-team format.

A replacement 12th team will be welcomed next year, though, while the board also voted in favour of a 27-round regular season, including 'Magic Weekend', which sees an entire round of fixtures played at the same stadium. 

A Super League statement said the process for finding the 12th team would begin soon and the decision will be made by a committee headed by an independent chairman. 

Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone said: "We are committed to ensuring that the process is independent and impartial, and stands up to scrutiny, and accordingly, ensuring the committee is properly constituted and clearly mandated is our first priority."

Featherstone Rovers, Toulouse Olympique and York City Knights have each already announced their interest in joining the competition.

It was announced earlier on Tuesday that this season's Super League had been cut short, with a revised play-off format introduced after further positive coronavirus tests at Castleford Tigers and Hull KR.

The top six clubs will now qualify for the play-offs, with the team that finishes seventh – Salford Red Devils or Huddersfield Giants – remaining on standby in case of further planning issues caused by COVID-19.

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