Sports Six clubs apply to fill Super League void left by the Toronto Wolfpack

22:11  30 november  2020
22:11  30 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Super League will decide on a 12th club for 2021, with six hats now in the ring. After the spectacular implosion of the Toronto Wolfpack — covered at length here —the league finds itself a It is currently owned by the Rugby Football League (RFL), who acquired it in one of the Bulls’ many administrations.

The Toronto Wolfpack completed their dream season, defeating Featherstone Rovers 24- 6 in the Grand Final to earn a promotion to the top-flight Super League . It appeared history would repeat itself again, after the Wolfpack failed to break through a resolute Featherstone defence in a cagey first half.

Six teams from the second-tier Betfred Championship have applied to fill the Super League void left by the departure of the financially troubled Toronto Wolfpack.

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Bradford, Featherstone, Leigh, London, Toulouse and York all met Monday's deadline.

Super League, which wants to return to 12 teams in 2021, has said the winning bid will be decided by Dec. 16, although the deadline could be extended.

Toronto stood down July 20, saying it could not afford to play out the remainder of the pandemic-affected season. The transatlantic rugby league team's subsequent bid for reinstatement under new ownership in 2021 was rejected Nov. 2.

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The Toronto Wolfpack rugby team made history on Saturday, Oct. 5 by being promoted to the Super League after defeating the Featherstone Rovers in the

Wolfpack prepare for Super League bow. Toronto Wolfpack beat Featherstone in the Championship Grand Final to win promotion to Super League . Canadian side Toronto will play top-flight rugby league in only their fourth season as a professional club , following promotions from

The Wolfpack remain mired in a sea of red ink with players and staff unpaid since June 10. Majority owner David Argyle, unable to fund the franchise, has stepped away. The Toronto-based Australian entrepreneur has said his ownership group poured $30 million into the franchise — with more bills waiting.

The London Broncos had a taste of the top-tier Super League in 2019 after edging the Wolfpack 4-2 to win promotion in the Million Pound Game in October 2018 at Lamport Stadium in Toronto. The Broncos were relegated on points difference after a 10-19-0 campaign in their first season.

"A strong London side opens doors in the media and commercially that Rugby League needs as a national game," Broncos CEO Jason Loubser said in a social media posting to fans.

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It's taken 7 games this season but the Toronto Wolfpack have finally secured their first win of the season beating early season high flyers, Huddersfield Lastly, with the competition suspended, Rob & Gareth plan to bring on a number of guests to fill the void left in our lives with no games on TV

Featherstone Rovers were on the losing end of the 2019 Million Pound Game, beaten 24-6 by the Wolfpack in Toronto. Featherstone CEO Davide Longo says that alone is "the best argument for the 12th (Super League) spot on merit."

“We believe we can offer an application as strong as any that highlights Featherstone Rovers as the best example outside of Super League of a club that has maintained a sustainable model whilst still being competitive on the pitch over the past decade," he added in a statement.

“Furthermore, the club has developed the stadium, training facilities and off-field infrastructure that is compatible to many Super League sides."

The York City Knights can point to their new home, the 8,000-capacity LNER Community Stadium.

The Leigh Centurions submitted a 430-page document to support their application.

France's Toulouse, which was on top of the Championship when play was suspended in March due to COVID-19, got support for its bid from former player and coach Trent Robinson, currently in charge of the NRL's Sydney Roosters.

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At least four clubs believe scrapping the 2019/20 campaign is a realistic option as the money saved by staying in the Premier League outweighs what If sporting integrity is obviously a fair rationale for refusing to void the season, it similarly applies to any extended gap in play. If that extends past six

"It's time for rugby league to feel the impact of Toulouse," he said in a video.

The Bradford Bulls were once a rugby league powerhouse but were relegated in 2014 after being docked points due to financial problems.

Toulouse (5-0-0), Leigh (4-0-0), Featherstone (4-0-0) and London (4-1-0) occupied the top four of the Championship standings when play was suspended. Bradford (2-2-0) was seventh and York (0-4-0) 13th.

The Super League currently consists of 10 English teams and France's Catalan Dragons.

In other Wolfpack news, the GoFundMe page set up by club officials to help players and staff feeling the pinch of missed paycheques raised 9,964 pounds ($17,265). The goal was 30,000 pounds ($51,990), which would have amounted to about $1,000 per person.

Toronto, which began life in the third tier of English rugby league in 2017, was 0-6-0 in its debut Super League campaign when the pandemic hit.


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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2020

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

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