Interim RFL chairman Simon Johnson says the governing body has “made good” on its commitment to give a bigger focus to the Championship.

Johnson issued a statement following his appointment to the role that he will occupy until a permanent successor is appointed, after having stepped into the role vacated by Brian Barwick.

He said: “The battle for promotion in both the Betfred Championship and League One is also producing great tension and excitement.

“After the agreement to a new relationship between the RFL and the Super League, the Board has made good on its commitment to give a greater focus to the Betfred Championship. Toronto Wolfpack’s fixtures, in Canada and England, have been a regular focus on Sky Sports.

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“The RFL’s innovative Our League app has allowed further live coverage, highlights and magazine programmes featuring the Betfred Championship and League One.

“And we have introduced the 1895 Cup, which will culminate with a Final at Wembley immediately after the Challenge Cup Final.

“Our streaming of live Rugby League on Our League is giving the game valuable data and intelligence on the appetite for live Rugby League action in the digital environment.

“In addition to the increased interest in the women’s game and especially the Women’s Super League, there has been a growing focus on Physical Disability and Learning Disability Rugby League.

“The PDRL and LDRL games at the Dacia Magic Weekend were an uplifting celebration of the growth of this part of the game.”