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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2020 at 19:25
2 Championship games off - Nottingham/Jersey & Scottish/Hartpury

Hopefully this isn't the last weekend of rugby as we know it for a while, but pretty bleak picture as things stand. If you are going to a game this w/e - enjoy it!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Deva Delinquent Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2020 at 19:27
Sunday's Premiership Rugby Cup final has now been postponed after a member of Sale's staff came down with symptoms consistent with the virus. 

At this rate I'll have to spend time with the family this weekend... 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote pen 15 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2020 at 19:59
think this weekend's games will be the last for a while
is it stours year yet
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Friendly prop Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2020 at 21:08
Originally posted by French Connection French Connection wrote:

This morning the FFR issued a directive cancelling all rugby activities over here indefinitely. All other sports have done the same - at all levels. Macron made a 30 minute speech to the nation last night - a much more serious tone than Johnson yesterday. It's inevitable that it's going to happen over there as well. It's the end of the season over here - no champions, promotion or relegation, and it will be the same over there as well. I just don't think there'll be the possibility of finishing things later - this could be around for 4 or 5 months at least.
As I've said before, this is really serious stuff 
I think in terms of promotion & relegation, from the top Sarries and Falcons with played 14 won 14 should change places. YC with 2 point should be relegated however who to replace them with is open to conjecture with Richmond, RP and Rams all still in with a shout. Caldy have won N2N and should be promoted to Nat 1, while Hull I's would have to win all their games with a bonus to currently get to 13th place and they play The Club tomorrow in one of their catch up games which should make the likelihood even less likely., likewise Canterbury are in a similar position need 5 bonus points wins to get to 13th. N2S is a very different proposition with 4 teams vying for top spot. Between Midlands Premier and N2N Bournville have already won their league and deservedly so. We at Sunny Scunny have also been relegated I don't see any reason why there should be a problem with us two changing places. Syston likewise have won their league at Midlands 1 East and as there is a vacancy due to SL's demise I don't see why they shouldn't be promoted either. Similarly 1 West is not straight forward with 3 teams all in with a shout of winning the league. So some straightforward decisions can be made and others lie in the hands of the AKAS RFU.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Puli. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2020 at 21:45
I forecast that by Wednesday of next week the UK will be on total shut down.
I’ve started hibernation as of today, plenty of films to watch, books to read and whisky to sample 🥃


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Full Bodied Red Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2020 at 22:07
Could be that all club rugby is finished until next season as it is in France. We’ll wait and see what the RFU decide. Other professional sports are really moving quickly on this. Will the RFU do the same?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote French Connection Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Mar 2020 at 09:05
They absolutely will. I also think that with promotion and relegation that it'll be an all or none scenario - look at the positions now and use them to decide, or freeze everything. I think that the second will be the case. They just cannot promote or relegate any club if there's even the slightest possibility of things changing in the remaining weeks. 
I must admit to being a little shocked at the casual and complacent attitudes of some on here. People getting upset at the prospect of the season ending now is quite worrying. This is very, very, serious stuff and absolutely everyone must get behind the effort to slow the spread or lots more will die unnecessarily.
We all need to understand what the measure are intended to achieve - to slow the spread of the virus as much as possible and not to stop it. That's going to be impossible now. Lives - even of old people - are far more important than a game.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DICKON Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Mar 2020 at 09:45
Lets wait and see what the RFU decides before reacting to it French Connection. Some facts may help with perspective re the virus - flu killed c26,000 people in the UK in 2017/18, and c19,000 in 2018/19 (source - https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/annual-flu-reports), which suggests that, though less fatal than Covid 19 appears to be, flu still kills more people (c5500 deaths globally at present due to Covid 19 - source https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/). The worrying thing about flu is a vaccine actually exists and its still a huge killer, whereas one doesnt for Covid 19, so perhaps if any good is to come out of this, it will be that we will be less complacent about Covid 19 and our general hygiene as a race will improve. In the meanwhile, we should simply follow the advice we are given, and nobody can afford to be complacent about any virus.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rugbychris Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Mar 2020 at 09:52
Sense from Dickon. 
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My suggestion regarding promotion and relegation and in order to finish the season is that if and when the RFU put a stop to all fixtures - the result of the first fixture between two teams is also deemed to be the result of any match which is not played.
This would enable the season to be completed and the relevant promotion and relegation issues to be determined.
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Originally posted by Courgeoust Courgeoust wrote:

My suggestion regarding promotion and relegation and in order to finish the season is that if and when the RFU put a stop to all fixtures - the result of the first fixture between two teams is also deemed to be the result of any match which is not played.
This would enable the season to be completed and the relevant promotion and relegation issues to be determined.

This method wouldn't help with play off games but If the 19/20 season was declared void , could the relative governing bodies ask clubs already in a promotion/relegation situation to discus with each other swapping places setting a reasonable deadline date for completion. As an example, Caldy and Hull Ionians 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Courgeoust Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 2020 at 10:12
Play off games would take place as soon as possible when play is resumed and if necessary just prior to the start of the 2020 / 2021 season based on the re calculated finishing positions.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Redted Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 2020 at 11:48
Echo Dickons thoughts here.  
Games are currently being called off against official advice.  Currently the only people who need to self isolate are those with symptoms, family members, friends, team mates etc should carry on as normal, no need to cancel games just one player has temperature.

But with the government likely to impose further restrictions this week and then the RFU to pontificate after that we may have just seen the seasons last games. 

If the RFU do decide to cancel the season please do it on Monday and not on a Friday.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Albert Fishwick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 2020 at 12:22
It seems counter-productive to me. If the government's aim is to allow younger, fitter people to catch the virus, with symptoms expected to be manageable for them, why cancel rugby matches?
That's easy for you to say.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Courgeoust Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 2020 at 13:02
Albert - it is all about preventing contact - whilst it may be the Governments aim at the moment to build immunity against Covid-19 the problem lies than younger family (deemed lower risk) will pass on through contact to their parents and grand-parents and that is the problem.

France have banned all gatherings of over 100 people - would be very surprised if the Government do not bring in similar measures this week.Austria have banned gatherings of more than 5 !


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guinness John Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 2020 at 13:40
No gatherings of more than 100...I guess the House of Commons will be closed if we follow suit.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Albert Fishwick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 2020 at 13:49
Well if all over-70s are to be asked to stay home for 4 months it will certainly make a difference to the House of Lords!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Raider999 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 2020 at 18:05
Originally posted by Guinness John Guinness John wrote:

No gatherings of more than 100...I guess the House of Commons will be closed if we follow suit.


Business as usual for the Commons - never more than about 50 in chamber unless there is something special going on like the budget.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote fatbear Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 2020 at 18:15
Looks like the Premiership will be suspended from tomorrow


Who decides the fate of the other divisions ? The RFU for every other level except the Premiership ?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Full Bodied Red Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 2020 at 19:06
Maybe the RFU or England Rugby will follow Scotland RFU? Cancel all upcoming games and set up a hardship fund for clubs in trouble having lost income from their remaining home games. 
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