The current 2020 Rugby League season has been suspended until at least the 3rd of April after an emergency meeting between the clubs this Monday.
The Rugby Football League and Super League Europe have announced a joint statement following the latest government advice on the coronavirus, with the structure and fixture rescheduling to be considered during that time.
These changes apply for the Super League competition, as well as the Championship, League One, the women’s league, and the community game.
They should come as no surprise either as the Premier League in football and other big sports were shutdown last week, not to mention four players from Toronto Wolfpack placed in isolation having shown symptoms of the coronavirus.
Missing rounds eight and nine, Hull FC’s Super League fixtures against Huddersfield and Salford come under the fixture suspension, with the Challenge Cup tie against Sheffield Eagles on the 4th April at the moment going ahead as the clubs next game.
That could change though should the coronavirus pandemic continue and more postponements occur, with such a scenario bringing with it significant concern for clubs reliant on match day income to survive.
Hull contest the Hull Derby after the Sheffield cup tie with a trip to Toronto then on the fixture list, but right that one off now as there’s no way travel from the UK to Cananda will be permitted.
From a pure Black and White perspective, the confirmation of a suspension to the next two fixtures will do Hull FC some good with nine players currently out injured, not to mention having no head coach following Lee Radford’s exit last Thursday night. It also allows for a bit of time to sort things out, but there’s also a realisation that a longer period without fixtures could have serious damage to a number of rugby league clubs, including Hull FC.
Of course people’s health is of the most importance right now, but you can’t ignore that. Rugby League must have something to return to when it’s all over and that’s where the governing body and broadcaster come in. In the meantime we wish everyone well over the next few weeks. Stay safe and look after each other.
For the full statement from the RFL and Super League, click here