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Rugby League and Super League suspend season until April 3

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Liam Watts of Castleford is tackled by James Roby of St Helens during the Betfred Super League match between Castleford Tigers and St Helens

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ByReuters
16/03/2020 at 17:46 | Updated 16/03/2020 at 18:08

The Rugby Football League and Super League have suspended fixtures until April 3 due to the spread of coronavirus, they announced in a joint statement on Monday.

The postponement follows the latest government advice warning against mass gatherings. It applies to all levels of the sport including the men's, women's and community game.

“These are unprecedented times, and they present significant financial and commercial implications for Rugby League, which will be further considered during the period of suspension," said Robert Elstone, the Executive Chairman of Super League Europe, and Ralph Rimmer, CEO of Rugby Football League.

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“Super League is also an international competition, and consideration has to be given to our clubs in Canada and France, particularly around travel restrictions and scheduling fixtures."

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