Rugby League plans changed

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Rugby League club chairmen voted last night to reduce the number of teams in the new Rupert Murdoch-backed Super League from 14 to 12. Under the new format there will be a First Division of 11 clubs and a Second Division of 10. There will also be no need to go ahead with the controversial mergers which had been proposed.

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