Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals postponed

17 Mars, 2020, 04:06 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Danny Care

Premiership Rugby issued a statement on Monday evening that the suspension had been made because the government said it would no longer support mass gatherings while European Professional Club Rugby, which held a board meeting by conference call in the afternoon, reached an inevitable conclusion with all the professional leagues at a standstill and Europe poised to close its borders to non-essential foreign travel for the next 30 days.

England's Premiership Rugby today suspended its competition, which feature New Zealanders Steven Luatua, Charles Piutau, Lima Sopoaga, Brad Shields, Waisake Naholo, Sean Maitland, Malakai Fekitoa among many others, for five weeks. The Welsh Rugby Union may have to dip into the £35m it received from CVC when the private equity company bought a 27% share of the league earlier this season, the bulk of which it kept back for emergencies.

'The safety of our fans, players 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.

The ability to finish the season must now come into doubt with 11 rounds remaining, including finals.

"We will 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".

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The Gallagher Premiership has been suspended for five weeks, next month's Heineken European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals have been postponed and the Rugby Football Union has suspended all rugby activity in England until 14 April because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pro14 and France's Top 14 leagues were suspended indefinitely last week, with four global matches in the 2020 Six Nations Championship postponed because of the spread of COVID-19.

England's Rugby Players' Association (RPA) backed the Premiership shutdown.

While the destiny of the title remains uncertain, disgraced reigning Premiership and European champions Saracens are already assured of relegation from England's top flight for violations of the salary cap.

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