Toronto Wolfpack's results expunged

Toronto Wolfpack's brief stay in Super League has essentially been made null and void.

Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 7:27 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 7:28 pm
Picture by Allan McKenzie/ - 05/03/2020 - Rugby League - Betfred Super League - Leeds Rhinos v Toronto Wolfpack - Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds, England - Toronto's dejection shows as Leeds's Mikolaj Oledzki is congratulated by Callum McLelland on his try.

Following the Canadian club's decision to withdraw from the 2020 competition on Monday - citing financial, visa and travel issues - their six-game record has been expunged.

Since earning promotion last autumn, Toronto had failed to win a match in Super League and sat bottom with zero points after six straight defeats, conceding 214 points along the way and scoring just 70.

After meeting this afternoon, the Super League Board agreed to remove its record and the table will now be altered ahead of the season restart on Sunday week.

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Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos, Salford Red Devils, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and St Helens all enjoyed wins over the doomed club.

The season - already reduced from 29 games to 22 - will now become a 20-match campaign.

A Super League statement read: "Points earned in matches involving Toronto Wolfpack will be deducted, and for and against tallies will be adjusted accordingly.

"Individual players’ statistics will remain unaffected - but Man of Steel points earned in fixtures involving the club will be erased.

"Super League and The RFL Board will now give further consideration to Toronto Wolfpack’s future ahead of the 2021 season."

As regards their Super League future, Toronto owner David Argyle put his case forward to the other 11 clubs at today's meeting and said he intended to run a team next year regardless of what division it is in.

He has argued that the Wolfpack needs to start receiving a portion of Super League's broadcast deal although that goes against what was agreed when the franchise first launched in League 1 in 2017 and is unlikely to be well-received by the rest of the competition.

Super League chief executive Robert Elstone has already said there could be sanctions and Argyle has said he fears the club will not be allowed to return next year.

The RFL will decide on what will happen in the Challenge Cup after Toronto defeated Huddersfield Giants to reach the last 16.