Rugby games, training sessions cancelled state-wide until start of May

CANCELLED: All rugby has been cancelled until May. FILE PHOTO
CANCELLED: All rugby has been cancelled until May. FILE PHOTO

All Central West Rugby Union competitions will be cancelled and club trainings postponed until the first week of May, effective immediately, following a decision from Rugby Australia on Monday afternoon.

A statement released on Monday night said the National Development Panel, Rugby Australia and state and territory member unions unanimously agreed to postpone all community rugby for over six weeks.

The postponement includes rugby matches, training, and face-to-face education courses, and means all competitions from the Blowes Clothing Cup to the three new Westfund Cups down to Wallas will all be scrapped for the time being.

A Facebook post from the CWRU said the organisation was committed to ensuring some form of "meaningful competition" in 2020.

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A spokesperson for Ruby Australia said it hadn't made the decision lightly.

"[The decision] has been made with the interests of the participants, families and the broader community as the priority," the spokesperson said.

"The group acknowledges that this decision is a more conservative approach then has currently been recommended by the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

"However, it has been made to provide clarity to the Rugby community in a challenging and disruptive time."

A panel of the organisations will meet weekly "for the forseeable future" to review the position and communicate regular updates.

Previously, rugby clubs had been advised to avoid sharing drink bottles and avoid unecessary contact, but the situation has hightened across the week with the state recording a record jump in cases on Monday.

The A-League and NRL have still not made decisions to postpone games, while the AFL on Monday night committed to cutting at least five games from the 22-game fixture, with a decision to be made on delaying the fixture to be made in the next 24 hours.

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