The PRO14 season has been suspended until further notice as the outbreak continues to play havoc with the sporting schedule.
The PRO14 campaign is the latest sporting event to be cancelled because of the viral crisis, following the decision to suspend the NBA season and the postponement of Manchester City’s Champions League tie against Real Madrid.
The next round of the competition for clubs from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Italy and South Africa was due to take place next weekend, starting March 20.
The current Guinness PRO14 season has been suspended in response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak.
— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) March 12, 2020
Two games had already been postponed back in February when Osprey sand Ulster were unable to travel to Italy to take on Zebre and Benetton.
PRO14 tournament director, David Jordan said: “We have made this decision with everyone’s welfare foremost in our minds. With an evolving situation in the five countries that take part in Guinness PRO14 it is important to make a clear decision that is in keeping with the advice of the various governments involved.”
The PRO14 season will resume once the outbreak is back under control, with constant reviews in the meantime.