• Temporary pause with promotion play-off is being discussed
  • Move would include expansion of division to 14 clubs

A halt to relegation for two seasons followed by the introduction of a play‑off between the Premiership’s bottom side and the winners of the Championship is among the options being explored by top-flight clubs amid the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

While ending relegation has long been on the agenda for Premiership clubs, the issue has come to a head with the recent flurry of cancelled matches. According to a report in the Rugby Paper, some clubs have sought legal action and are confident of mounting a successful challenge if they were to go down this season as a result of Covid‑affected results.

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