What happens during next phase of rugby league’s IMG-led domestic revolution?

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Rugby League will take a further cautious step towards its bright new future on Thursday when representatives of all 36 senior clubs gather in Huddersfield to discover details of the next phase of the IMG-led domestic revolution.

Officials will be given details of the criteria that will ultimately determine which level their clubs will be allotted for the 2025 season and beyond – or whether they wish to vote the whole process down and effectively go it alone.

Here, the PA news agency explains what the clubs are likely set to find out this week, whether they are likely to support the proposals and what happens if they do or don’t.

What have IMG proposed?

St Helens v Leeds Rhinos – Betfred Super League – Totally Wicked Stadium
St Helens and Leeds should have little to fear from the IMG proposals (Martin Rickett/PA)

How did those initial proposals go down?

Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams – Betfred Championship Summer Bash – Bloomfield Road
Championship clubs like Batley are awaiting further details of the IMG proposals (Richard Sellers/PA)

Will it still mean an end to automatic promotion and relegation?

Wakefield Trinity v Wigan Warriors – Betfred Challenge Cup – Quarter Finals – Be Well Support Stadium
Improving facilities at stadiums like Belle Vue could be crucial to determining a club’s future (Will Matthews/PA)

How are the clubs likely to react?

Warrington Wolves v St Helens – Betfred Super League – The Halliwell Jones Stadium
Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium looks fit for a top-level future (Zac Goodwin/PA)

What happens next?

Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity – Betfred Super League – DW Stadium
Big crowds have greeted the start of the new Betfred Super League season (Isaac Parkin/PA)

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