16 March 2020
Message to the Subbies Rugby Community:
Subbies Rugby has been postponed until the first week of May 2020.
Please see below statements from Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby, and note these key points:
RUGBY AUSTRALIA STATEMENT REGARDING COMMUNITY RUGBY
Today, following a meeting of the National Development Panel, Rugby Australia along with the State and Territory Member Unions have unanimously agreed to postpone all Community Rugby until the first week of May, effective immediately.
This recommendation covers Rugby matches, Rugby training and face-to-face Rugby education courses. Although this decision has not been made lightly, it has been made with the interests of the participants, families and the broader community as the priority.
In arriving at this decision, Rugby Australia and the Member Unions have considered public health information and the advice of the Rugby Australia Chief Medical Officer, Dr Warren McDonald. The group acknowledges that this decision is a more conservative approach then has currently been recommended by the Australian, State and Territory Governments. However, it has been made to provide clarity to the Rugby community in a challenging and disruptive time.
Rugby Australia and the Member Unions are fully committed to supporting the game through this difficult time and the decision will allow for six weeks of planning to deliver a modified season which will commence, at this stage, at the beginning of May. The modified season will vary at a local level to best support the needs of our local Rugby communities.
It is acknowledged that there are a variety of Rugby competitions underway and Rugby Australia will work closely with Member Unions to minimise this disruption.
It is not the intention for this decision to interfere with the non-rugby related activities of our Rugby clubs, such as operation of licensed facilities. Government advice should continue to be followed in this regard. Rugby Australia and Member Unions will also work to increase the opportunity for people to engage in online education to ensure our critical workforces are ready for the recommencement of Community Rugby.
The National Development Panel will meet weekly for the foreseeable future and will review this position and communicate any updates regularly.
NSWRU STATEMENT REGARDING COMMUNITY RUGBY
Community rugby in New South Wales postponed
Effective Monday 16 March, community rugby across New South Wales will be postponed until the first week of May 2020.
In consultation with NSW Rugby Union affiliates including Premiership, Suburban, Juniors, Women’s, Country and NSW Rugby organised School events, the decision to postpone covers Rugby matches and Rugby training. NSW Rugby Union face-to-face Rugby education courses will also be postponed.
The decision to postpone the competition was based on the NSW Health, public health information as well as the advice of the Rugby Australia Chief Medical Officer, Dr Warren McDonald.
NSW Rugby Union formed part of the National Development Panel meeting today held with other State and Territories member unions, to agree to nationally postpone community rugby until May, with the panel to meet weekly to review the impacts of COVID-19 on community rugby as well as strategies to recommence the competition at appropriate time.
NSW Rugby Union CEO Paul Doorn said: “The rapidly changing impact of COVID-19 is something that all community sports are grappling with.
For NSW Rugby, the health and safety of our players, Clubs, officials, staff, volunteers and spectators is at the forefront of all decision making.
“These are difficult decisions and we certainly appreciate our community have invested a lot of time and resources into preparing our Clubs and players for the season ahead, however we feel that it is important that we play our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 out of respect for all Australians and the health care system,” he said.
NSW Rugby is in regular communication with its Clubs and stakeholders, reinforcing NSW Health advice of practicing good hygiene and social distancing - click here for more.
It is not the intention for this decision to interfere with the non-rugby related activities of our Rugby clubs. Government advice should continue to be followed in this regard.
“As has been a testament during recent tough times around droughts and bushfires, our rugby community bands together in times of need to support each other. We know together we will get through this and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to community rugby in the future,” said Mr Doorn.
For further rugby updates please stay tuned to NSW Rugby website www.nsw.rugby or on social media @NSWWaratahs.
For further updates on COVID-19 and what you can you need to know, please check NSW Health website.
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