European Rugby quarter-finals postponed

  • European Rugby quarter-finals postponed

European Rugby quarter-finals postponed

Meanwhile, the board of European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) have followed suit and chose to postpone the quarter-finals of both the Champions and Challenge Cup, originally scheduled for 3-5 April.

The Premiership Cup final between Sale and Harlequins, scheduled for Sunday, was cancelled after a Harlequins staff member reported flu-like symptoms.

Rugby Union's English Premiership was suspended yesterday due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to British media reports.

"The welfare of fans, players and staff is our first concern and it's crucial to get these important decisions right", a Premiership Rugby spokesperson said.

Four of the matches originally scheduled for April 3-5 were set to be played in France, where the government has closed schools, bars, and restaurants and most shops except for food stories and pharmacies.

Exeter lead the league table by five points after 13 rounds of fixtures.

"We'll remain to function very closely with DCMS and also Public Health England, and also to adhere to the recommendations of clinical specialists, and also deal with our clubs to aid them to sustain their very own larger neighborhoods right now".

The Pro14 and Top 14 leagues were suspended indefinitely last week.

"The EPCR board will meet by conference call on Monday afternoon to discuss next steps for European club rugby tournaments this season after gathering all information from leagues, unions and local authorities", an EPCR spokesperson told the BBC.

In a statement, Premiership Rugby said it is working together with broadcast partner, pay-television broadcaster BT Sport, to create "exclusive rugby content" in the coming weeks.

The EPCR confirmed on Monday evening that the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals, which were due to be played early next month, have been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The statement said: 'The decision has been taken in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community.