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WRU say season is cancelled

The WRU Board has today confirmed rest of the season is cancelled  for all WRU competitions.

The WRU Board has today confirmed rest of the season is cancelled  for all WRU competitions.

This decision was taken at a Board meeting held today and applies to all WRU cup and league competitions currently underway as well as the cross-border competition between Welsh and Scottish clubs due to kick off in April.

In a statement released by the Union today we're told the board heard a presentation from medical staff which warned:

  • Continuing to play brings with it transmission risks for players, coaches, referees, volunteers and supporters
  • Some competitions require medical support and doctors in attendance
  • Continuing to play brings with it the risk of adding to the unprecedented burden on the NHS and it would be socially irresponsible to do this.

It means-
 

  • There will be no promotion or relegation in any of the WRU leagues and teams will remain in the league they are currently in
  • Rugby activity remains suspended until further notice and this includes no organised training or games, use of club gym facilities,  organised sessions or unsanctioned gatherings at rugby premises.

 

‘We are well aware of the colossal amount of effort that goes into our game, on and off the field, across Wales,” said WRU CEO Martyn Phillips.

“We did not take this decision lightly. It is not intended to in any way diminish the games that have already taken place or the efforts of everyone involved.

“We were particularly aware of the impact on clubs with the potential to be promoted or win competitions, but in the end we have had to make the decision to ensure we play our part in safeguarding Welsh communities.

"We know clubs will be disappointed but also hope they will be understanding, given the circumstances.

“We know that rugby clubs are facing extraordinary challenges at the moment.

“We will continue to look at all options to ensure the game in Wales emerges from this period and continues to play the vital role in Welsh life that it has for the last 140 years.”

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