France's Top 14 tournament to be abandoned

The coronavirus crisis had hit the Top 14 tournament
The coronavirus crisis had hit the Top 14 tournament
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The Top 14 tournament is set to be abandoned for the 2019/20 season after the league's organisers (LNR) and the club presidents reached an agreement.

The competition was suspended earlier with only 17 rounds played following the outbreak of the coronavirus and now the board has proposed to LNR Management Committee after French prime minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday said the sports wont be able to resume for the 2019/20 season.

"After consultation with the presidents of Top 14 and PRO D2 (second division) clubs, the Board will propose to the LNR Management Committee not to follow up on having playoffs at the end of August to close the 2019-2020 season, to pronounce the end of this 2019-2020 season, and to focus on the organisation of the launch of the 2020-2021 editions of the two championships starting in September 2020," the LNR said in a statement.

The LNR's management committee will now assemble in the next two weeks to discuss the board's decision and to decide whether any winner can be announced this season based on the results until now.

Bordeaux Bègles claimed the top place in the Top 14 table with 61 points before the tournament came to a suspension.

 

2018-19 Top 14 Points Table