RFL confirm second Crusaders Championship bid

Racecourse Ground
The Racecourse Ground has staged Super League rugby for the past two years

The Rugby Football League have received a second bid from Crusaders to field a team in the 2012 Championship.

Crusaders, who withdrew their Super League licence application in July, will find out on Friday if they have been accepted into the RFL's second tier.

If the RFL reject that Championship bid, they will consider the alternative bid for the third-tier Championship 1.

"It is important to stress that these are not rival bids," said RFL's chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer.

"The group behind the application to play in Championship 1 have asked that their proposal only be considered if the application to enter a club in the Championship is unsuccessful.

"That we have received two applications offers solid proof of the appetite that exists for professional rugby league in north Wales and the desire the people of Wrexham have to build on the progress made by Crusaders during their three years in Super League.

"Each application will be considered by the RFL Board separately and on its own merits."

Crusaders ended their three-year stay in Super League on 9 September by finishing bottom of the table for the second time in three years.

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