All Rugby Union bar Premiership has been cancelled

The RFU has cancelled the remainder of the Rugby 19-20 season, except the Gallagher Premiership. This includes all league, cup and county competition.

This is one of the first competitions to announce a complete cancellation rather than a postponement, as we’ve seen in European football.

The RFU are still in conversations about whether the Gallagher Premiership will continue.

Bill Sweeney, RFU chief executive, has said…

“My thoughts and those of all of us at the RFU are with everyone impacted by COVID-19 as well as recent flooding events, both across the country at large but also within our own rugby union community.

“In order to provide clarity and to assist with immediate and longer-term planning, the Rugby Football Union is announcing the end of the 2019/20 rugby season for all league, cup and county rugby in England. The only exception to this is the Gallagher Premiership, who we are in active discussions with to review possible best next steps.

“When current government advice on social distancing measures changes, we will naturally encourage rugby training and friendlies to recommence.

“I would like to personally thank everyone for their swift actions in suspending rugby activity, this is not an easy time and I know many of you will have concerns that go beyond the game.”

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