Championship season ends prematurely

The RFU have today announced that the 2019-20 season is over for all domestic competitions.  This does not, as yet, include the Gallagher Premiership, with whom the RFU are still in discussion.

The following statement came from Twickenham this morning:

RFU Statement on 2019/20 Season

 Today, in a letter to the 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. 

It is not immediately clear what resolution will be put in place regarding the question of promotion and relegation.

A number of Championship clubs are known to  be concerned by this outcome, notably those who were relying upon remaining home fixtures to bring in much needed revenue.  Hartpury, with smaller average crowds than some of the ‘big city’ clubs and a semi-professional playing squad are somewhat less affected by the financial implications of this decision.

We would like to thank all of you for your continued support this season.  We can now only hope that circumstances will allow our players to return to pre-season training at the usual time and that the 2020-21 season is able to start in September.

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