Rugby Australia and its State and Territory Member Unions have made the collective decision to further postpone Community Rugby across the country until at least June 1.
Given the uncertainty surrounding the length of time Government restrictions will be in place to combat the spread of COVID-19, Rugby Australia and the State and Territory Unions are not in a position to provide a specific return date.
The organisations will continue to review this position as further updates from Government and Health Authorities are received.
NSW Rugby CEO, Paul Doorn said that while things had been pushed back until at least early-June, a decision on any competition restart was in the hands of the authorities.
“Whilst we’re all acting in the interest of our nation’s health and safety, there are differences in how self-isolation and social distancing measures are being enacted across each State or Territory,” Doorn said.
“We are completely respectful of the measures imposed in our state and will work with NSW Health and the NSW Government to ensure we’re adhering to the necessary rules and regulations during this pandemic and any return to play later in 2020.
“At this stage, we’ve cancelled all Championships and Galas that had been scheduled until 1 July and we’ll be continuing to assess competitions scheduled for beyond that – with updates to be communicated as required.
“Our main focus is the health and wellbeing of our entire community and we’ll do everything we can to see rugby played safely across New South Wales when the time is right.”
Rugby Australia General Manager Community Rugby, James Selby said: "During this postponement we will continue working with stakeholders across Community Rugby to plan for a range of recommencement dates to ensure that as soon as government restrictions are lifted, the community is ready to mobilise and deliver great rugby experiences in 2020.
"In the interest of the safety and welfare of all participants, preparation and training time will be factored in ahead of rugby competitions recommencing.
"Community Rugby and its people are the lifeblood of our great game and our decisions will always be made with the interests of participants, families and the broader community as the priority.
"Once again, we want to thank our entire community for its understanding and patience through this time and encourage everyone to continue to follow Government and health advice to keep them and their families safe."
Overview of NSW Rugby events cancelled due to COVID-19:
- 2020 Positive Rugby Foundation NSW Junior State Championships.
- Rugby 1st Girls NSWJRU State Championships.
- CJRU Junior Country Champs.
- NSW Country Champs (Seniors).
- ASRU Schools Championships (Riverview).
- NSW School Trials and Championship.
- Various Gen Blue training camps.