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Rugby season is cancelled due to pandemic


By Will Clark

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John Mann in action against Garioch. Picture Brian Battensby
John Mann in action against Garioch. Picture Brian Battensby

Scottish Rugby have confirmed the 2020/21 season has officially been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Competitive fixtures at all levels of the club and school game will not take place this season due to the national impact of Covid-19 and subsequent public health guidelines in place.

Teams had previously seen the season delayed until January, however, this timescale has now been extended to the end of the regular season until spring.

Ross Sutherland head coach John Mann says while disappointed, believes it is the right decision as public health is paramount.

“There are bigger things in the world than playing rugby just now,” he said.

“When you look at cases going up across the country, and the number of places that are in level four just now, it is the right decision.

“We can’t play any competitive leagues just now, 100 per cent.”

Despite the cancellation of the revised competitive league programme, Scottish Rugby aims to facilitate local friendly fixtures in the months ahead at a time when it is safe to do so.

Mann says the club will look to arrange games at an appropriate time to play so as long as the region remains in a level one area.

“Even though there is no competitive league, we are still hopeful in the not too distant future there will be some form of rugby on the go,” he said.

“If we look at the Highlands and Islands, we’re in a tier one area, so whether there will be some sort of friendlies or even local competitions that is what we will be hoping for.”

Scottish Rugby president, Ian Barr says it was a difficult decision, but the right one to make as they had to put health of players and their communities first.

He said: “Covid-19 remains an active threat and we must act responsibly, putting the safety of our players, volunteers and their local communities first.”



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