Looks like wholesale changes to the league structure below Prem level...could be interesting : http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_unio...ish/7720024.stm Members of the Rugby Football Union's council have backed setting up a new professional 12-team Championship to replace National League One. Earlier the umbrella body for National League One clubs, First Division Rugby, had called the prospect of the new championship "financial suicide". But six League One clubs subsequently gave the proposal their support. The RFU said the vote to support the formation of a new competition was carried by an "overwhelming majority". Coventry, Doncaster, Exeter, London Welsh, Nottingham and Plymouth Albion were the teams who sent a memo to the RFU council urging them to vote in the change. It concluded: "We sincerely request your support in moving the development of level two rugby into the professional era without further delay." The RFU believe the Championship is "the way forward" for English rugby, but FDR chairman Geoff Irvine responded by stating he was "amazed" the RFU had made the memo public "on behalf of a minority group of six clubs". Under the RFU's plans, the leading Division One sides this season would become Championship founder members - if they agree to turn professional. The relegated Guinness Premiership club would also be invited to join. Championship teams would then play 22 league games per season, with eight top clubs playing off for one promotion place. The plan also retains promotion and relegation to and from the Championship from the division below, allaying fears the top two divisions are to be ring-fenced.