Another Six Nations side scrap 2019/20 season
NEWS: The 2019/20 domestic rugby season in Scotland has been classified as null and void, the Union confirmed.
With the announcement, Scottish Rugby joins the Irish, Welsh and Italian counterparts in cancelling the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
SRU revealed that decision to declare the 2019/20 season ‘null and void’ means there will be no automatic promotion/relegation.
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The SRU statement explained: “Five possible scenarios were presented, with around half of clubs favouring the null and void option. The remaining clubs were split between the other four options. The second most favoured option – finishing the season based on the league positions at the time of shutdown – received the support of around a quarter of clubs,”
Scottish Rugby President Dee Bradbury added: “It was clear from the outset that, in terms of the consequential impact on the various leagues in terms of promotion/relegation there would be no “right” solution, particularly once it was clear that our preferred option of completing the season would no longer be possible.”
“Every solution we looked at was likely to be problematic in some way – none was likely to be supported by everyone. It was therefore considered essential that the full range of options were explored, each potential option was sense checked and that, as far as possible, a broad consensus was reached across the game as to the most appropriate outcome.
“We fully accept some clubs will be disappointed with this decision and share their frustration that, for wider societal reasons beyond our control, their hard work to push for success this season hasn’t yielded the rewards they deserve.”
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