Super Rugby placed on hold in the wake of coronavirus

In an unprecedented development with regards to the year’s sporting calendar, coronavirus-related disruptions have now seen the 2020 Super Rugby tournament suspended.

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SANZAAR confirmed that this will be the case for the international rugby spectacle for the foreseeable future, at the culmination of round seven matches on Saturday. For South African teams, the Sharks and Stormers clash in Durban will be the last match involving local SA teams until such time that a safe environment is available for the tournament to continue.

The Super Rugby season has been postponed as the world of sport continues to grapple with the spread of the coronavirus (Image: Sourced).

The SANZAAR Executive Committee (Exco), according to a media release, made the decision during a teleconference, in response to the announcement by the New Zealand government that all returning travellers will have to self-isolate for 14 days., including Super Rugby players.

SANZAAR completely understands the directive issued by the New Zealand Government given concerns globally over the Covid-19 virus and the primary aim to reduce exposure and spread of the virus,” said the statement.

SANZAR CEO Andy Marinos stated that his organisation was “extremely disappointed, however, given the complexity of our competition structure, and the multiple geographies that we cover, we have no other option but to align with such directives.”

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The Sunwolves bore the brunt of being one of the earlier teams to have a match in the Super Rugby competition cancelled or postponed as the scales began to tip (Image: Photosport).

Marinos added: “Our priority is, therefore, to ensure our players are within their homes territories from the end of this weekend. SANZAAR will also remain engaged with its stakeholders and will continue to explore avenues to see if we can keep the rugby product alive within our core markets.”

SANZAAR will issue further information on Super Rugby 2020 and any potential rescheduled fixtures in the days ahead. To date, only seven rounds from the 18 in the normal regular season have been contested.