The Guardian has reported this morning that reducing the Aviva Premiership to 10 teams is legitamite idea being floated about at the Professional Game Board meeting today.
It is seen as a potential solution to the continuing dispute over the length of the domestic season, which has led to the threat of a player strike.
It’s repored that the proposal would includea new 10-team Championship ran by Premiership Rugby Limited, the second tier is currently run by the Rugby Football Union, leading to a more even distribution of funds across the two divisions.
Cutting two teams from the Premiership is just one of a number of suggestions for restructuring the domestic game, which is the main focus at Wednesday’s Professional Game Board meeting.
The proposals come amid a row over the Premiership’s plans to extend its season to 10 months as part of the new-look global calendar, which will apply from 2020.