RFU and Premiership Rugby suspends all rugby

All rugby in England has been suspended. Credit, Premiership Rugby.

The RFU has suspended all rugby activity in England along with Premiership Rugby who have called a cease in action for at least five weeks.

Premiership suspended for five weeks

A Premiership Rugby statement read;

“We are sorry to tell our fans that we will be postponing our season for five weeks, in line with today’s advice of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which confirmed that the Government would no longer support mass gatherings.

“The safety of our fans and staff is our first priority, and we would like to wish all of those who are affected our heartfelt best wishes and a very speedy recovery.

“We’ll continue to work closely with DCMS and Public Health England, and to follow the advice of medical experts, and work with our clubs to help them to support their own wider communities at this time.”

They are now working with BT to produce exclusive rugby content for all their subscribers.

Rugby activities stopped by the RFU

The RFU has suspended all rugby activities within England, including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from 17 March until 14 April subject to continued review.

An RFU statement read; “Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

“The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks.”

All sport has stopped

Rugby has been the latest casualty in the Covid-19 warpath. The Six Nations was suspended on Friday afternoon when the late call came through from the WRU regarding Wales’ game against Scotland.

The Pro14 had already suspended its play and the Premiership Rugby Cup final and Super Rugby were quick to follow.

France and Wales have already cancelled all rugby activities and EPCR announced on Monday that the quarter finals of both the Champions and Challenge Cup were to be suspended.

 

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All rugby in England has been suspended. Credit, Premiership Rugby.

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