Super League: Rugby league’s 12 top-flight clubs aim for August restart


Super League clubs have drawn up plans for the possible return of top-flight action by mid-August.

And the 12 sides are hoping that matches can be played in front of limited crowds from 1 October.

The plans, seen by BBC Sport, will be put to the Rugby Football League board of directors next week.

Three models for fixtures have been put forward which would see the season end in a Grand Final on either 28 November, 12 December or mid-January 2021.

No Super League games have been played since 15 March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The document, which describes 1 October as the “most optimistic in front of crowds date” that can be planned for, underlines that any restart would be subject to government approval and a commitment to all medical protocols.

And dates and models may be forced to change depending on the trajectory of the virus and any tightening or easing of social distancing measures.

The aim of each model is to restart the season on 16 August and play six rounds of matches behind closed doors, scheduling multiple games at a single venue over a day or a weekend.

The ambition is then for the majority of games to take place after 1 October in the hope of being able to play in front of crowds of limited numbers, depending on the latest social distancing rules.

Results from before the shutdown will stand and any postponed games would have to be played, probably before the general restart date.

More to follow.