The New Zealand Rugby has become the latest federation to cancel a host of tournaments and competitiosn for 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In an announcement made on Monday, all compeitions below the Mitre 10 Cup have officially been cancelled for the year which will include the 2020 Mitre 10 Heartland Championship, Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 Tournament, TECT National Sevens Tournament and all Provincial Union representative rugby tournaments.
This comes duruing a time where it looks unlikely that Super Rugby will be able to be continued while the mid-year test series are also in doubt.
NZR chief executive Mark Robinson acknowledged the difficulty in making this decision and added that no calls had been made about the Mitre 10 Cup yet.
‘It’s surreal how much this has impacted everyone in just seven days and we’ve needed to act swiftly, decisively and together. We are united in what we want to achieve and that’s to secure the future of rugby. These decisions have all been about ensuring when the time comes our communities can be up and running – club, community and school rugby – as quickly as possible.’