Throughout the five stakeholders’ meetings, the Celts and Italians brought all manner of revised formats to the table, be it 32 or 24 teams, but Paul Goze of France’s LNR and England’s PRL’s Mark McCafferty (above) only wanted to talk about their proposed 20-team format.

Since the game went professional on August 25th 1995 there have been a few skirmishes along the way but it’s always felt as if we’ve been waiting for (...)