The RFU has announced that all rugby activities have been suspended until 14 April at least. This includes all games, training and rugby education courses run by clubs around the country.
It was expected that this would happen, and the move plunges many clubs into a period of uncertainty moving forward. They are going to have to work out plans to remain afloat and keep outgoings down to a minimum, with no income to pay for them.
Rugby is its own sport and has a governing body to make decisions. Clubs will want to return to action when it is safe to do so, but will that decision be taken out of the RFU’s hands?
Football is the biggest sport in the UK and the Premier League is at the centre of everything. Will we see football laying down the rules for return, and everyone else following them?
Is it Possible for Sports to Return Ahead of Others?
As sports decided to cancel activities over a number of days, we saw some cancelling early while others played one last round of games before ending things. The RFU allowed games to take place last weekend before bringing in the suspension.
However, when we are talking about returning after the pandemic has passed, this is a completely different situation.
No one will want to come back too early and potentially put people in a position where they contract the virus while cases are on the way down.
It is for this reason that sports could work together to all come back at the same time, so that no one sport stands out as potentially doing something ahead of when they should be.
A move like this is likely to be orchestrated by the Premier League, who are making decisions for much of the wider footballing community.
Will This Season be Completed?
This is the million dollar question that is facing all fans right now, and it isn’t just a question being asked in rugby union. Many sports fans are asking the same about the leagues they follow.
The hope is that they can and there is certainly an appetite for that from lovers of the game and those who place a bet on rugby. With few sports to bet on at the moment, punters are waiting to see which leagues return and are played to a close.
This may mean games played through the summer, a traditional rest period for rugby union, but these are unprecedented times and punters would have to adapt their thinking if this happened.
When games do return, whether it is this season or next, punters will be able to claim a free bet from reputable bookmakers when they sign up with them.
There are some big decisions to be made in the coming weeks, hopefully we can conclude the season and have a bet on the games that are remaining.
When Will a Decision be Made?
This is another tough question to answer. If you believe that all sports will come back together as one then it is important to know that the Premier League and other football leagues have been given until 30 June to complete fixtures.
This means, if they and other sports wanted to, they could come back in June when things are hopefully better and complete the rest of the season.
That would be followed by a shorter than normal summer break before beginning again next season. Whether this is enough time for the virus to pass remains to be seen, it may not be and that would take us into a position of how to end the season if games cannot be played.
As the six nations tournament begins to heat up, there are a number of front runners looking to showcase their skills in the tournament. But with the recent announcement of cancellations due to the coronavirus outbreak, could this be the sign of the tournament potentially ending earlier than planned? In this article, we will be looking into some of the latest news from the six nations, as well as providing you insight into some of the players you should be looking out for.
What Do We Know From This Past Week?
In terms of news from the six nations this past week, there is plenty to talk about. One of the biggest achievements to consider is the powerhouse that is the French rugby side. As the only unbeaten side left in the championship at this time, the French side is looking like one of the favourites to win the competition. This comes as no surprise to many as Romain Ntamack has been named the six nations player of the round after his captivating display against Wales in Round 3. The young fly-half fought hard during what was potentially the game of the season so far as he took home player of the match. As the French side continue to show their strength, this could be their season this is evident in a number of the best sites to bet on Rugby begin to place the odds in favour of a victory for either the French or the English side.
In other news this past week, the rugby games between Ireland and Italy in Dublin on the 7th and 8th of March have been postponed due to concerns about the Corona Virus outbreak. This is one of the many major sporting events that have been affected by the outbreak. This also begs the question as to whether or not England will be playing Italy in the Six nations at their grounds in Rome on the 14th of March. However, with a number of other sporting events taking a hit when it comes to the virus, there could be many more that are forced to cancel or be played behind closed doors.
Who Looks Like The Favourite To Win The Six Nations?
Despite their crushing defeat to France in the opening game of the six nations, the men in white and their strong team are one of the favourites to win the tournament this year. With a lot to prove since their loss against South Africa in the Ruby World cup, this England side is set to take the grand slam title.
Surprisingly for some, France is also one of the favourites to win the 2020 tournament. With new coach Fabien Galthie and a younger French side, they are looking ready to come out on top during this competition. As it stands at this time, the French side is the only side to remain undefeated in this competition, tipping the odds closer to them.
The final team that is in the top 3 favourites for the six nations is Wales. A Year on from their victory, they are looking to take on the competition and become six nations champions. With new Coach Wayne Pivac and a new team to lead the way, it is looking all too promising for the welsh side as the tournament continues.
Players To Look Out For In This Tournament
In addition to the teams that are looking promising within the 6 nations, there are a number of main players to look out for. Not only is there the likes of Romain Ntamack, but there are a number of players from all other major teams that are worth looking out for.
Louis Rees- Zammit
This young star has had a promising start with the welsh team in the Six Nations and is set to be a huge success in the not so distant future. The 19-year-old prodigy isn’t yet inline for a test debut against England. But with his name still in the ring when it comes to the line-up, this could be the beginning of an impressive career for this young star.
Ben Earl – England Up and Coming Star
Following yet another injury for England number eight Vunipola, it is Ben Earl that would step up to replace him in this new squad. For what the Former England under 25 lacks in carrying heft, he makes up for in defence and work-rate. This is set to be a huge advantage for the player as he makes his way on to the England team as he is set to make his mark and slot in with their line of defence.
With this mix-up of coaches and brand-new teams, this competition has never looked so promising. Not only are there are a new wave of young players looking to make their mark, but there are also a number of teams looking to take home the title as the competition continues to heat up. But as Coronavirus continues to cause disruption in the world of sport, could there be further cancellation for a number of games?
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Despite the eternal optimism of the preview on Friday, there were in fact four NCA fixtures postponed over the weekend. In National 1, Cinderford’s trip to Bishops Stortford was called off, in the North, Sheffield Tigers called off their game with Tynedale and in the South, Esher and Leicester Lions postponed their home games against Worthing and Sutton & Epsom. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Knight)
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