The RFU has suspended all player involvement in rugby for a period from tomorrow until 14th April.
The governing body of the sport in England released the following statement:
The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community.
Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.
The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks.”
Hartpury Director of Rugby, John Barnes, said, “This is clearly the sensible decision, following on from other sports and the latest government broadcast. The health and safety of players, coaches, staff and supporters has to be the priority at this difficult time.”
The suspension, as it stands, will mean the postponement of our games against Yorkshire Carnegie (away), Cornish Pirates (Home), Jersey (Away) and Bedford Blues (Home). This, of course, follows last Saturday’s postponement at London Scottish for related reasons.
We will bring you more information as and when we receive further communications from the RFU. In meantime, we trust you will all remain safe and well during what are understandably worrying and unprecedented circumstances.