English Premiership Rugby Clubs Take Two-Week Break Over French Authorities Covid Concerns

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English Premiership Rugby Clubs Take Two-Week Break Over French Authorities Covid Concerns
Exeter Chiefs of the English Premiership won the European Champions Cup behind closed doors in October- now they are on a break. image: Pixabay

English Premiership Rugby Clubs Take Two-Week Break Over French Authorities Covid Concerns.

England’s Premiership rugby union clubs have decided to take a two-week, mid-season break organisers said after it was announced earlier on Monday, January 11, that both the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments were being suspended because of coronavirus concerns raised by French authorities.

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There had already been much speculation the Premiership might bring forward fixtures in England’s top-flight to fill the gap caused by the suspension of the upcoming two rounds of European pool fixtures in January.

However, a statement issued by Premiership Rugby chief executive Darren Childs said, quote: “The welfare of everyone involved in Premiership Rugby is crucial to us and this break in the season gives us the chance to hand some much-needed rest to our hard-working players, management, staff and match officials. The Gallagher Premiership Rugby season will return – as scheduled — on Friday 29 January when Bristol Bears host Bath Rugby live on BT Sport.”


French authorities said the Covid-19 pandemic meant it was “too great a public health risk” for French teams to play, with the French government directed the country’s rugby clubs not to take part in the European competitions until “February at least”.


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