Pro 14 season suspended amid coronavirus chaos

General view of the Southern Kings team during the Guinness Pro14 2018/19 game between the Southern Kings and Ulster at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 16 September 2018.
General view of the Southern Kings team during the Guinness Pro14 2018/19 game between the Southern Kings and Ulster at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 16 September 2018.
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The PRO14 season has been indefinitely suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league announced on Thursday.

The 14-team league brings together squads from crisis-hit Italy, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and South Africa.

“The current Guinness PRO14 season has been suspended in response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak,” the league said in a statement.

“The PRO14 is an international league. Cross border travel is inevitable and that brings with it unique challenges.

“With governments in Italy and Ireland already putting in place clear directives and restrictions around public activities and travel, the decision to suspend the competition is appropriate.” No date has yet be set for when the competition will recommence.

“Resumption of the 2019/20 season will now become a matter of constant review,” the league’s statement continued.

“To this point PRO14 Rugby has ensured that it has the latest information and guidance made available by the local and national authorities via our participating unions in the UK, Ireland, Italy and South Africa.”

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