There will be a new look to the Auckland Rugby League’s Premiership structure in 2019.
Two Premiership competitions become three, with the newly-formed Crown Lift Trucks Fox Championship joining the SAS Fox Memorial Premiership and SAS Sharman Cup.
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The season will start with two separate qualifying pools:
After each team has played each other once in the Qualifiers, the top eight teams in the Fox Memorial Premiership Qualifiers will advance to contest the first division Fox Memorial Premiership competition, while the bottom four from the Fox Memorial Premiership Qualifiers, will join the top four from the Fox Championship Qualifiers, to form the eight-team Fox Championship competition.
The remaining nine teams from Championship Qualifiers will play in the Sharman Cup.
Come play-off time, the top four sides in the Fox Memorial Premiership and Fox Championship will qualify for the finals, while in the case of the Championship, those top four will also automatically secure promotion to the Premiership Qualifiers for the following year.
The Sharman Cup will be split into top-tier Premiership and second-tier Championship competitions, with a title up for grabs in both.
2019 PREMIERSHIP STRUCTURE SUMMARY
Fox Championship Qualifiers (start March 23)
Fox Memorial Premiership Qualifiers (start April 6)
Fox Memorial Premiership (starts June 29)
Fox Championship (starts June 29)
Article added: Friday 22 February 2019
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