It was announced yesterday that the suspension of the 2019/20 season of the Guinness PRO14 is now on an “indefinite basis” due to the ongoing global COVID-19 outbreak.
The governing board of the league, Celtic Rugby DAC, held discussions this week (remotely) and have come up with a list of the criteria that would enable the Championship to recommence. These are the key ones as announced that will need to be met:
- Public Health Authorities cease to prohibit the resumption of sport and group training
- Travel restrictions between PRO14 territories are lifted
- No forced isolation or quarantine orders are in force when visiting our territories
- Player welfare is safeguarded, including requirement for a suitable pre-recommencement training period, to be established in conjunction with the high-performance personnel at participating unions and teams
The board took the further decision to cancel the Guinness PRO14 Final at Cardiff City Stadium, set to take place on June 20. Refunds will be made automatically to all who have already purchased tickets.
Watch past Scotland rugby games online
In slightly happier news, the SRU is live streaming a selection of past Scotland games for collective watching (in isolation!), starting tonight at 7pm.
The SRU plan to bring you at least one match every week to watch as a “rugby community”.
Following the Australia re-run you’ll get the chance to choose which one they show next, from a selection of classic encounters.