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.