RFL confirm season is suspended indefinitely
The rugby league season has been suspended indefinitely as the coronavirus continues to cause havoc, the RFL have confirmed.
It was initially hoped that the game would return on April 3, but in the wake of recent developments and restrictions put in place by the UK government to combat the spread of the virus, that was never going to happen.
The decision to suspend the decision indefinitely was taken following a meeting between the RFL and Super League clubs on Tuesday, with RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer confirming the news.
"Following today's meeting of Betfred Super League clubs, we will also be updating other sections of the game with the latest thinking regarding the suspension of the season, as the sensible approach is clearly to continue working on various scenarios while acknowledging the suspension is going to be considerably longer than the three-week period we had initially confirmed," Rimmer said.
"The key for the sport is to continue acting in a collegiate, united and positive way."
Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone also issued a lengthy statement shortly afterwards, part of it which read: "Super League and its Clubs are working round the clock to prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead and to ensure the sport is in the best possible place for when life returns to normal.
"Our priorities are the health of our players and staff and the economic well-being of our clubs."
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