Both Super League and the Rugby Football League have confirmed that the 2020 season will be suspended for the foreseeable future.
There is no date set in stone for the length of suspension or indeed a return to action, but with new government measures and the spread of coronavirus, its likely to be several weeks at least before the top flight competition and wider sport get going again.
The clubs and governing body spoke this Tuesday via conference call and will regularly review the situation.
The season was originally suspended until Friday 3rd April but the suspension will now be a lot longer than that. All English football for instance is currently suspended until at least the 30th April.
Super League clubs and the RFL are being as flexible as possible, with games played behind closed doors being an absolute last resort.
That itself would be a situation a while away from happening anyway, with teams not allowed to train together.
In Australia the NRL suspended their season on Monday and there’s a real worry now for the financial future of clubs on both sides of the world.
Both Super League and the RFL recognise that. Robert Elstone stated: “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.
“We welcome the government’s proposals to help businesses, and in partnership with the RFL we are exploring all the options available to us.”
For the full statement click here