Irish Rugby’s 2019/20 domestic season is to conclude with immediate effect due to ongoing concerns over coronavirus.
Government action in combatting the virus looks set to continue beyond March 29th. Irish Rugby wants to play its part while giving clubs the chance to put plans in place for the 2020/21 season.
The directive applies to all incomplete national and provincial competitions. It was ratified by the IRFU Rugby Committee on Thursday March 19th 2020.
Cups will be shared by finalists, where cup competitions have reached the final fixture.
There will be no promotion or relegation in any of the five divisions of the Energia Men’s All-Ireland League.
The planned expansion of the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League for the 2020/21 season remains in place.
There will be no league or cup winners in any competition organised at a national level including the Energia All-Ireland Leagues, Energia Women’s All-Ireland Cup and the Energia Bateman Cup.
The Fraser McMullen U20 Cup, the Junior Interprovincial Championships and the round-robin qualifiers for the Energia All-Ireland League will not take place.
Speaking about the announcement, IRFU Director of Rugby Development Colin McEntee said:
“The decision to end the domestic rugby season for 2019/2020 season has not been made lightly. All options were discussed and the IRFU is satisfied it has arrived at the only equitable solution.
These are challenging times for us all and we know clubs will be impacted by this directive, but we will look back at this season as one where we put the physical welfare of our rugby community above all else.
Clubs are now in a position to make plans for the 2020/21 season. We look forward to marking the 30th anniversary of the All-Ireland League.”
All Domestic Rugby activities have been suspended until 29th March.
The Irish Rugby Football Union, together with Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster Rugby, have announced the suspension of all Domestic Rugby activity from 6pm this evening 12th March until the 29th March (inclusive), in response to the latest Government advice on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Future Domestic Rugby activity will be reviewed in line with Government advice.
Training and Playing:
All Rugby activities across Clubs and Schools, from minis to adult rugby, must now cease.
While Rugby Clubs may wish to continue to operate facilities such as bars and function rooms, they must observe Government restrictions in relation to the number of people that may attend indoor (no more than 100 people) and outdoor (no more than 500 people) events.
Impact on fixtures of note:
We will work with clubs and schools to rearrange fixtures, such as the Schools Cup finals.
Updates, when available, in relation to the professional game will come from tournament organisers.
On Saturday last we entertained Skerries’s in rd 5 of the ail once again we suffered the loss a forward before kick off when our second row Neilus Keogh pulled up in the warm up with a leg injury adding to our long injury list we’re enduring this season. Tadgh o Dwyer took his place in the second row and it was great to see Brian Morrissey return on the bench. The game was nearly 20 on when skerries went 3-0 up Kevin landed the equalizer before Skerries’s got their first try to go 8-3 ahead with 30 gone. That went to 13-3 with another try to go in 13-3 at h/t. The 2nd half stated and we were off target with a pen Skerries’s kicked one of their own to go 16-3 ahead. Bruff hit back with a try from Johnny Cleary converted by Kevin to make it 16-10 Skerries’s added a pen to go 19-10 Bruff replied with a try from jack o Grady converted by Kevin to leave just 2 behind. And with less than 15 to go it looked like anyone’s game, but Skerries’s added 2 late try’s to take home the 5 pts. We all wish Conor Fitzgerald a speedy recovery after he had to leave the field with a nasty injury Conor was just back after a long lay off so let’s hope we’ll see him soon back in the jersey again. Next weekend sees us make the long trip to Omagh before we get a weeks break.
1 Brian Bulfin 2 Johnny Cleary capt3 jack Fitzgerald 4 Sean Hartigan 5 Tadgh o Dwyer 6 Conor Fitzgerald 7 Pa Maher 8 Taylor Jones 9 Niall Byrnes10 James te Pari 11 Kevin McManus 12 Sean Darcy 13 jack o Grady 14 Liam Barrett 15 Cian Clifford 16 Eamon Cooke 17 Tony o Connell 18 Brian Morrissey 19 Tom o Dwyer 20 Graham Whelan