Super League adopts squad numbering
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Friday 09 February 1996
The game will lose part of its familiar look in its first summer season, with Super League players wearing squad numbers.
The Council has backed a proposal from Super League chief executives that players should wear Nos 1 to 25, plus their names, on their backs when the league starts in March.
The change has marketing benefits already exploited in the NFL and Premiership football, and one of its supporters, Brian Smith of the Bradford Bulls, does not believe it will confuse spectators. "It is a better reflection of the way the game is played now, with an increased interchangability of roles," he said.
The Council has also approved a new voting structure, with four votes for each Super League club, two for those in the First Division and one each for the Second. The clubs added a rider that at least 16 of them must support any change in the game's by-laws. Blackpool, who have failed to win re-election to the Second Division, have lost their voting rights.
Clubs also unanimously adopted the revised "Framing the Future" document, with its wide-ranging requirements. They agreed that 7.5 per cent of the total of pounds 87m due to the game from News Corporation over the next five years will go into central funds. Part of that will be used to finance travel to and from Paris St-Germain.
Wakefield's new coaching director, Mitch Brennan, arrives from Australia this weekend, too late for their Silk Cut Challenge Cup tie against West Hull tonight. Warrington's signing from New Zealand, Toa Love, arrived yesterday but was not registered in time to play Leeds tomorrow.
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