Welsh Rugby Union cancels remainder of 2019/20 domestic season

WRU had already admitted that there will be significant loss in revenue
WRU had already admitted that there will be significant loss in revenue
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The Welsh Rugby Union has cancelled the remainder of the ongoing domestic season due to the pandemic coronavirus.

The decision also means that there will not be any promotion or relegation in any of the domestic leagues. Also, the cross-border games between Welsh and Scottish clubs that was set to begin in April also has been suspended.

With 1113 fixtures left in the season, the WRU had said that they were left with no option considering the ongoing situation with players and social welfare given utmost priority.

"We are well aware of the colossal amount of effort that goes into our game, on and off the field, across Wales," said WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips in a statement.

"We did not take this decision lightly. It is not intended to in any way diminish the games that have already taken place or the efforts of everyone involved.

"We were particularly aware of the impact on clubs with the potential to be promoted or win competitions, but in the end we have had to make the decision to ensure we play our part in safeguarding Welsh communities.

"We know clubs will be disappointed but also hope they will be understanding, given the circumstances.

"We know that rugby clubs are facing extraordinary challenges at the moment.

"We will continue to look at all options to ensure the game in Wales emerges from this period and continues to play the vital role in Welsh life that it has for the last 140 years."

Earlier, the WRU also said there will be a significant drop in revenue in the ongoing season but also promised to aid the clubs financially in helping them overcome the setback created by the spread of COVID-19.

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