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2020 Super Rugby season to be suspended

2020 Super Rugby season to be suspended

In late news on Saturday night, SANZAAR have made the decision to suspend the 2020 Super Rugby season at the conclusion of Sunday afternoon’s game between the Brumbies and Waratahs.

Given the travel restrictions the New Zealand government introduced to travellers entering the country requiring them to be in isolation for 14 days, the governing body was left with little choice but to suspend the competition ‘for the foreseeable future’.

SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos stated, ‘the safety and welfare of the public, our players and other stakeholders is paramount and as previously stated we were always going to abide by government and health authority instructions on the issue of COVID-19 containment.’

‘We are extremely disappointed for the players, our fans, broadcasters and partners but given the complexity of our competition structure, and the multiple geographies that we cover, we have no other option but to align with such directives. We also believe it is time for all those players currently overseas to return home and to be with their families.’

SANZAAR will explore options to resume the competition in a number of weeks with conference games a possibility and will issue more information a later date on the rescheduling of games.

  • Timbo

    Thanks NZ

    • Greg

      Look, in principle I am up for blaming the kiwis for anything. Rugby, Ruchie and animal husbandry are high on the list.

      but…. I think this is inevitable and much more to come.

      • Timbo

        Oh yeah agreed. In all honesty I think this is probably going to finally bankrupt RA. Maybe that’s a saving grace?

    • KwAussie Rugby Lover

      Ouch!

    • Australia’s done it too…

  • HJ Nelson

    Typical, just as the Reds were about to charge to the top of the conference.

    • Yowie

      The NSW-centric conspiracy enters its end-game.

    • Mortahs Incoming – custardtaht

      The Waratahs were starting to train well and next week it was going to click and they were going to run the table, oh what could have been.

      • Yowie

        gold

  • Jason

    I for one hope this just lasts two weeks, the Reds have a bye, and then the Brumbies at home – wouldn’t feel awful about missing what would be a tough game although very winnable. But 3 weeks they have the Sunwolves and that’d be a killer blow for the Reds if they were to miss out on that one given it’s a sure fire 4 points and a hefty addition to the +/-!

    • SuckerForRed

      Yeah…… we said that about the Sunwolves last year if I recall……. #JustSayin’

      • Jason

        Mate I’d put money on the Reds going undefeated the rest of the regular season./s

        • Kevino

          Your kidding right?

          Let’s just remind you, your wins while they have been entertaining to watch have been against the Sunwolves and Bulls. 2 – 5 record does not sound like a side that can go 11 and 5 at the end of the season.

  • Yowie
  • Gun

    Now is the time to talk to the Twigster and begin the new Australasian championship. Played at first between the Force and the Super Rugby sides plus three teams of our returned expat players. Small grounds no crowds but on telly and streamed. Then small grounds, small crowds. And sell this new comp in the media deal which is currently cactus. Ditch Super Rugby given its many flaws.

  • KwAussie Rugby Lover

    Bugga! Still it’s the right decision and I’m glad they’re using common sense in this. I hope it’s a postponement more than a cancellation but either way I’m glad sensible decisions have been made.
    Wide open comp to this year

    • How long can you postpone I guess is the issue.
      Don’t feel its all going away anytime soon

      • KwAussie Rugby Lover

        No mate this issue will be around for a while I think

      • Mortahs Incoming – custardtaht

        For that I will defer to Hooper and he answered “How long is the Tahs training rope”.

  • Geoffro

    Very challenging times.Isolate for 14 days and no rugby or any other sport to watch…damn.Wifey will love the amount of shit getting done around the house I spose

  • Mortahs Incoming – custardtaht

    I really don’t know why they are suspending the season, public gatherings are only banned for events over 500 people.

    • Brumby Runner

      Brumbies scheduled to play the Blues in NZ next week. They arrive say on Thursday and are automatically quarantined for 14 days under the current NZ caromavirus policy. Can’t play the Blues or return the week after to play the Reds.

      I know that would be seen as a positive by many posters unfortunate enough to support another team, but clearly illustrates why the season was suspended.

  • Mortahs Incoming – custardtaht

    I really don’t know why they are suspending the season, public gatherings are only banned for events over 500 people.

  • Human

    Still a long way to go but this year might be the best Bledisloe performance we have seen for a while….a tie…the first year in many that we have not been rogered by the AB’s.

    • Ross

      You realise the Bledisloe was tied last year right? ;)

      • Human

        …and last year we were again rogered by the AB’s….that might be the difference this year, not the tie, the absence of being screwed again

  • Nutta

    I was just wondering if the comp should go to a “Domestic only” version and each country just play within themselves for a round or two. We have 4 teams, 5 if we let the Forcies in, that’s a 5wk competition for 1 round or 10wks for 2 rounds then a 3wk 4-way finals series all within the borders. Given there will be no mid-year tests because no one will be fit in time even if the crisis is passed sufficiently to allow it. If we are all going to wind up sitting at home anyway we will need something to watch!

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