Pro 14 Suspended “Indefinitely”

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The suspension of the 2019/20 season of the Guinness PRO14 is now on an indefinite basis due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The board of Celtic Rugby DAC met by teleconference this week and agreed upon a strict list of criteria that would enable the Championship to recommence. Celtic Rugby DAC is the company that operates the Guinness PRO14. The participating unions of the Guinness PRO14 are the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR), Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), South African Rugby Union (SARU) and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

However, no decision on a definitive re-commencement date can be made until four key criteria can be met within our respective competing territories:
a) Public Health Authorities cease to prohibit the resumption of sport and group training
b) Travel restrictions between our territories are lifted
c) No forced isolation or quarantine orders are in force when visiting our territories
d) Player welfare is safeguarded, including a requirement for a suitable pre-recommencement training period, to be established in conjunction with the high-performance personnel at our participating unions and teams

Due to the evolving situation, unfortunately, the board had to take the further decision to cancel the Guinness PRO14 Final at Cardiff City Stadium, set to take place on June 20. Refunds will be made automatically to all who have already purchased tickets.

Proposals regarding how to restart the season will be reviewed shortly. PRO14 Rugby is working with key stakeholders to carefully examine several proposals that can be implemented and delivered to close out the season – albeit at a later date.

Should any final be played as part of the 2019/20 season it will be hosted by the team with highest ranking based upon league records from this campaign.

When positive indicators on the criteria listed above PRO14 Rugby will provide another update.