Super League and all forms of rugby league halted until April 3 due to coronavirus

SUPER LEAGUE and all levels of rugby league has been suspended, initially until April 3, as the sport begins to deal with the “unprecedented times” created by the coronavirus.
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It came after the latest Government advice regarding social contact and mass gatherings.

The Super League clubs discussed a range of contingency plans with the RFL at the meeting and the situation will be reviewed with broadcasters and sponsors throughout the initial suspension.

Super League CEO Robert Elstone (SWPIX)Super League CEO Robert Elstone (SWPIX)
Super League CEO Robert Elstone (SWPIX)
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The season’s structure and fixture rescheduling will be considered between now and April 3.

The suspension applies across other competitions including the Championship, League 1, Betfred Women’s Super League and the community game, with the RFL to have further discussions of the implications at meetings of Championship and League 1 clubs and community board over the next couple of days.

A joint statement from Robert Elstone, the Executive Chairman of Super League Europe, and Ralph Rimmer, CEO of RFL, read: “These are unprecedented times, and they present significant financial and commercial implications for Rugby League, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.

“Super League is also an international competition, and consideration has to be given to our clubs in Canada and France, particularly around travel restrictions and scheduling fixtures.

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“Player welfare and maintaining the integrity of the competition are key concerns moving forward. Equally our responsibilities to Rugby League communities remain front of mind for all of us.

“The whole country is facing major challenges – and the support of our fans, partners and stakeholders is needed now more than ever before.”

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