Clubs to discuss ditching Easter period

Championship and League 1 clubs could drop the busy Easter period, RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer has confirmed.

Many believe the quickfire fixtures put too much strain on part-time players, with the demands of two games in four days being added to by full-time jobs.

A number of players have spoken out on the Easter period and Rimmer admitted it is something that is due to be discussed.

On the Easter period, Rimmer said: “Is that fair to our players? Is it fair to our spectators?

“Could we do more with the Easter weekend as a whole, rather than leaving Saturday and Sunday free from professional fixtures – while finding a way to continue including such events as the Women’s Amateur Rugby League finals day, the first match of the Academy Origin series, and the Great Britain Community Lions trials?

“That’s why we have added the Easter weekend to the agenda for our next meeting of Championship and League One clubs.

“We’ll take their views, and perhaps explore the possibilities offered by the other Bank Holidays, in May and August, as ways of compensating for the loss of the Easter doubleheader. I don’t know where that will end but it is important to stimulate debate on these issues, always looking at ways to take the sport forward.”