RFU scraps Championship promotion play-offs from 2018

Automatic promotion to the Premiership will be introduced in 2018 after the Rugby Football Union decided to scrap the Championship play-offs.

The winners of England's second-tier competition will be promoted if they satisfy 'minimum standard criteria' to play in the top-flight.

Promotion this term will again be decided via the four-team play-offs.

Championship clubs also get a funding boost as part of the new agreement between the RFU and Premiership Rugby.

More to follow.

BBC

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