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Men's rugby league Super League clubs open to no relegation in 2020

TORONTO chairman Bob Hunter remains confident of a resumption of the 2020 Super League season but revealed that clubs are discussing the possibility of suspending relegation.

The newly promoted Wolfpack are currently bottom of the table and favourites for automatic relegation after losing their opening six matches, but Hunter insists his views are not motivated by self-interest and that other clubs are supportive of the idea.

“We, amongst other clubs, have voiced our opinion that we don’t think that this is a good year to do it, but that’s an RFL decision,” Hunter said.

“It has nothing to do with our 0-6 record, and I know we’re not alone in expressing that. The year has been so disruptive, I just don’t think it’s fair to any team.”

The Super League has been on hold since March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic and club representatives were due to discuss the latest situation during a video conference this afternoon.

In the mean time, the Canadian club have laid off office staff in Toronto and are looking into the possibility of furloughing their players, who pay tax in both countries.

“It’s a very unique situation,” Hunter said. “All the players are employees of a Canadian company, so it’s whether the players are eligible for that [British government-backed 80 per cent] subsidy as UK and international residents. We are looking into it.”

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