THE University of Gloucestershire All Golds and Oxford have merged to create a new club based in Bristol.
The Rugby Football League (RFL) has given the venture the green light with a view to the Bristol-based club joining League One in 2019.
Neither of the existing clubs will compete in next year’s competition and will instead aim to secure the money required to be granted approval by the RFL to launch the team in time for the 2019 season.
“The Rugby Football League is clear that there is an expectation on all clubs in the professional game to offer a clear strategy that demonstrates their plans to help grow and strengthen the sport in future years,” said RFL chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer.
“Oxford and Gloucester have come to the conclusion that the best way for them to now move forward is by creating a new club in Bristol.
“Rugby league will continue to have a presence in both Oxford and Gloucester, with community clubs and foundations remaining in place.”
In 2018, League One will be made up of 14 clubs playing each other home and away.