My "solution" would not work because the clubs would not allow it, that's the problem Nigel Wood has, it's the same problem that maurice Lyndsay had.
This is the beast that's been created and running out of control, the have's and have not's in super league has grown to such an extent that the have's have become a very small minority which is killing the game a lot more than before1996 simply because the have not's will keep getting themselves into a financial mire trying to keep up with the have's ("Keeping up with the Joneses")
You seem to have an answer on behalf of the RFL for every question or criticism aimed at them for their planning of how the game should be/will be run, maybe you can suggest a system (before they do) on how you would make changes with the funding and resources that are currently available?
If the game is best served by an Elite division (which it is IMHO because that attracts £90,000,000 TV contracts, attracts quality rugby players to choose league, and draws crowds better than I ever experienced in 50 years of watching our game) then put together an Elite division.
As Mr. Potts say we have elite clubs like Wigan, Leeds, Saints, Wire, we need more like Catalans, Hull, Bradford, Toulouse, Wakefield, London, Salford etc.
I think we could manage 12.
Once done focus on ensuring they have business plans for growth, and run them as a collective and not as 12 individual clubs, put more resources in were needed and as artificial as this all seems, work together so nobody can go bust on the rest.
Now of course this will attract hoots of derision, but the bottom line is YOU YOURSELF say there should be planning as what we have now is "killing the game even more than before 1996".
Leaving clubs to sink or swim individually is not "planning".