Coronavirus ends Rugby season in England

Dean Richards

Today, in a letter to rugby clubs in England, Bill Sweeney, RFU CEO, has confirmed the end of the 2019/20 season for all league, cup and county rugby in England with the exception of the Gallagher Premiership, which the RFU is in active discussions with.

The decision to confirm the end of the season was taken to assist with long term planning and provide clarity to the game at a time of continuous change.

The RFU continues to work on a range of options to support clubs at this challenging time and aims to outline these in more detail by mid-April.

There are obvious questions emerging from this, particularly for Newcastle Falcons and whether they will be promoted back to the Premiership – and indeed if Saracens will be relegated after all.

It seems like an opportune moment to revise the season structure, but whether it will be taken remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, discussions continue over whether the Gallagher Premiership season can be concluded, and players have been asked to take salary cuts whilst there are no matches taking place, resulting in a huge drop in revenue for every club.

The coronavirus is obviously a disaster for so many people, and Rugby is not exactly flushed with money and easily able to sail through difficult times.

Things aren’t great at my end either, so we’ll be quiet for a while until things start getting back to normal.

12 thoughts on “Coronavirus ends Rugby season in England

  1. Hope all admin, contributors, and readers of the blog are safe during this time.
    Here’s hoping for as swift a resolution to the crisis as possible so we can get back to enjoying some rugby, amongst other things.

  2. Thanks Jake – ditto to Acee.

    Pondered a dream team today whilst taking a break from counting tea bags. Criteria being an XV that I would like to see take the field. Not necessarily to win in a life or death / mortgage game , but purely for the joy these players bought me personally. I’ve tried to stick to players in their normal position, with the exception of Larkham, who I thought was a fantastic 15 at the start of his career. I nearly opted for Carter at 12 too.

    1) Califano
    2) Wood
    3) Tom Smith
    4) Johnson
    5) Eales
    6) Hill
    7) Smith
    8) Dallaglio
    9) Howley / A Smith
    10) Wilkinson
    11) Tuigamala
    12) Gibbs
    13) Guscott
    14) Caucaunibuca
    15) Larkham

    16) Brits
    17) Leonard
    18) Crenca
    19) Retallick
    20) Parisse
    21) Howley / A Smith
    22) Giteau
    23) Cullen

    Would be interested to hear anyone elses.

  3. Just for the hell of it:
    Reps; (5/3) Pienarr,Eales,Smith,(T),R Ford,A Jones,Dawson,Carter,Watson.

  4. For fun here is mine, not saying worlds best but just whom I enjoy/enjoyed watching and more often than not caught my eye in a game:

    1- G Jenkins
    2- B du Plessis
    3 – C Healy
    4 – M Johnson
    5 – M Itoje
    6 – G smith
    7 – N Back
    8 – T Faletau
    9 – C Murray
    10 – D Carter
    11 – J Lomu
    12 – M Nonu
    13 – B O’Driscoll
    14 – B Habana
    15 – J Robinson

    K Mealamu
    B Retallick
    J Davies
    L Dallaglio
    G Gregan
    G North (in his prime)
    J Savea
    W Fofana

      1. Cheers! Some deadly backline that ay! Can you imagine seeing Nonu and Lomu running at you with Habana lingering for an off-load! Jeez…

  5. Update: RFU have confirmed that Newcastle will be promoted:

    “It was agreed that final standings for the Greene King IPA Championship and men’s and women’s community game would be calculated on a best playing record formula, maintaining promotion and relegation for those leagues.”

    “This has been a difficult decision to make in the most unprecedented of circumstances. There is no single solution that will suit every club, but the approach taken is one that we believe best reflects the nature of league rugby in England.

    “With 80% of the season complete for the community game, we believe our approach is fair and the right one for our leagues. We have clubs that are clear league leaders and worthy of promotion, but also other clubs who have said they would benefit from relegation, to play more meaningful rugby.”

  6. BT sport are re-running some classic prem games but with commentry now (so not live at the time). Quite interesting watching some games and how a clear red nowadays is just a penalty a few years back. Anyway just thought I’d let people know if they need a fix

  7. Thanks Hutch and Darth Maul.
    unfortunately ,I don’t have BT sport but there is some decent content on YouTube too.


Leave a Reply