Coronavirus affect on rugby

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This season's PRO 14, which includes two teams from Italy, has been suspended indefinitely.
 

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Tomorrow's (March 14) Catalans Dragons-Leeds Rhinos fixture in rugby league's Super League has gone from being played behind closed doors to being postponed.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/51868920

On Radio 4 this morning, a medical expert, talking about football (despite rugby union's ghastly apologist Justin Webb attempting desperately to shoehorn his favourite sport into the conversation), said players and managers are at far greater risk than spectators.
 
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What are the odds on the RFL and Super League having a change of heart regarding fixtures after what has happened elsewhere today?
 

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Tomorrow's (March 14) Catalans Dragons-Leeds Rhinos fixture in rugby league's Super League has gone from being played behind closed doors to being postponed.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/51868920

On Radio 4 this morning, a medical expert, talking about football (despite rugby union's ghastly apologist Justin Webb attempting desperately to shoehorn his favourite sport into the conversation), said players and managers are at far greater risk than spectators.
I'm finding it quite staggering tbh that they haven't fallen into line over this. Anyone with half an ounce of common sense must realise the risks to players and managers, coaches, physios etc must be way, way greater than that of the fans as we're not battering into each other with bodily fluids being flung around left, right and centre.

If an individual wasn't contagious until showing signs of symptoms I could understand it, but as the incubation period seems to be between 7 and 14 days the chances are there 1000s more folk wandering around with this that simply aren't aware as yet, hence the massively increased risk of unwitting transmission.
 

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What are the odds on the RFL and Super League having a change of heart regarding fixtures after what has happened elsewhere today?
Latest statement says it's business as usual until any cases are reported to them. Absolute madness IMHO. Could the greater number of cases reported in football be because they have a much keener duty of care given the respective value of their 'assets' and therefore done a lot more testing?
 

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Wales v Scotland in the 6 Nations OFF. Their Under 20 game at Colwyn Bay on Friday night was played behind closed doors.

Sunday's Premiership Cup Final between Sale and Harlequins is postponed after a member of staff from one of the clubs shows coronavirus symptons.

Meanwhile, Scottish Rugby has suspended all rugby in Scotland for the remainder of March. The Welsh Rugby Community Game Board will meet today to discuss the situation relating to grass roots rugby.

Club rugby in England is still going ahead but Nottingham v Jersey (Championship) and Old Redcliffians v Dings Crusaders (National League 2 South) have been postponed due to players testing positive for coronavirus.
 

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Tomorrow's (15/3) rugby league Challenge Cup fifth round tie between York City Knights and Rochdale Hornets has been switched to Post Office Road, Featherstone. York City FC, their camp hit by coronavirus, have cancelled the availability of Bootham Crescent.
 

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Meanwhile, Scottish Rugby has suspended all rugby in Scotland for the remainder of March.
This ruling only comes into effect from Sunday 15th March at 6pm which explains why some National League games on Saturday were allowed to go ahead.
 

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I'll be staggered if they don't, frankly. NRL supposed to be carrying on next week behind closed doors but I doubt many if any of our clubs could afford to keep playing without gate receipts and match day revenue. Tough times ahead for many I forsee, sadly.
 

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Ian Laybourn, PA's rugby league correspondent, tweets: Dewsbury's Championship game against leaders Toulouse on Sunday [22/3] is off after the French club went into lockdown.
 

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It seems not just the National Leagues in Rugby Union, but everything else would appear to be shutting down. Going by the Avonvale twitter feed (level 8) which states; ‘All games & training is cancelled following today’s government advice. To be reinstated at the appropriate time’, but of course that isn’t likely to be anytime soon. Disappointing but perfectly understandable.

KRTM 😎
 

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It is reported that Leeds Rhinos have EIGHT of their first team squad and coaching staff self isolating.
 

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The Welsh Rugby Union has cancelled all league and cup competitions this season. There will be no promotion or relegation with all teams remaining in their current division. The cancellation also includes the cross-border competition between Welsh and Scottish Super 6 clubs due to start in April. No news yet on whether the Scottish domestic rugby season will continue.
 

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Season now over for all - RFU have decoded less Premiership this season is now over

Further statement in April about prizes, promotion, relegation https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/51974684
Presumably Newcastle Falcons will replace Saracens in next season's Premiership. Yorkshire Carnegie, having lost all 14 games, should be relegated from the Championship and replaced by Richmond, 7 points clear at the top of National League 1 with 5 games to go.

In most leagues which have two divisions feeding into it, the bottom 3 are usually relegated with the two champions at the level below promoted along with the winners of a Play-Off between the two second placed teams. Will be interesting to see if they promote the best runners up or just the two champions and reprieve the 3rd bottom team in the higher league. Hull Ionians and Canterbury both deserve to be relegated from National League 1 with just 3 wins between them and replaced by Caldy and Taunton Titans, National League 2 North and South leaders respectively. Then it's a case of whether they promote Tonbridge Juddians, best 2nd placed team or reprieve Rotherham, 3rd bottom in National League 1. The bottom 3 in NL2 South - Bournemouth, Old Redcliffians and Sutton & Epsom are way behind the rest and should be replaced by South West Premier leaders Barnstaple plus Guernsey and Rochford Hundred - level on points at the top of London & SE Premier. Scunthorpe and Preston Grasshoppers are way behind at the bottom of NL2 North but 3rd bottom Otley would be unlucky to get relegated with a respectable 52 points from 25 games. Bournville are clear leaders of Midlands Premier but who to promote from North Premier is much more complicated as current leaders Blaydon (22-85) could have been caught by 3rd placed Harrogate (21-80) and 5th placed Macclesfield (20-75)
 

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For complications, look at North One West. The top half of the table (seven clubs) separated by eight points!
All with four or five to play, except Wilmslow, currently sixth, who have six left. A bonus point win in the game in hand would have put them top!
 

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Not surprisingly, the Melrose Sevens, scheduled for the easter weekend, has been postponed. Tickets already purchased still valid but no new arranged yet.

Also, the Bournemouth Sevens, usually on the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend in late May, has been postponed until the August Bank Holiday weekend.
 

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