Championship consider return to playoff system
The Rugby Paper|November 29, 2020
NOTTINGHAM chairman Alistair Bow says he would welcome plans for a shorter, conference-based Championship season with the title decided by play-offs.
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A full 22-match programme starting January 16 remains the number one option, but Championship clubs have voiced concerns over completing such a tightly packed schedule by June, given the many variables associated with Covid-19.

The Rugby Paper understands alternative plans are being drawn up which would see the league split into two conferences of six playing each other home and away, with single crossconference matches taking place to produce a shortened 16-game campaign.

Single-legged semi-finals hosted by the conference winners would be followed by a home and away final, meaning overwhelming favourites Saracens could face a nerve-jangling June showdown with Ealing in order to regain their topflight status.

Championship clubs, along with those in the Premiership and community game, are still awaiting firm details of how £135m of promised government grants and loans will be distributed, but Bow believes tier two clubs are united in their desire to start playing again.

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