Coronavirus: ECPR Postponed Tournaments - Focus News


Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Coronavirus: ECPR Postponed Tournaments

  Due to the unprecedented rapid spreading of deadly Coronavirus pandemic tournament organizer of European Professional /Club Rugby (EPCR) declared the postponement of the quarter-finals matches of this year's Champions and Challenge Cups till the further notice.

  Four matches that supposedly to be played between 3-5 of April in France has been postponed as the result rapid spreading of the disease. France government has closed many public centres in order to safeguard the life of citizens of the country. The government has closed schools, restaurants, bars and shops except food and pharmacy stores.
'Amid growing public health concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was taken during a conference call today (Monday, 16 March) to postpone the eight matches on the weekend in question and to suspend the European club rugby season,” EPCR said in a statement.

“EPCR’s priority is the health and welfare of players and club staff, and an update regarding the knockout stages of the tournaments will be communicated to all stakeholders as soon as practicable,” it added.

Clermont will host fellow French side Racing 92, Top 14 holders Toulouse will welcome Ulster, reigning European champions Saracens head to Dublin to face Leinster and Exeter play Northampton on the English south coast.

In the second-tier tournament the Scarlets travel to French giants Toulon, Top 14 leaders Bordeaux-Begles face Edinburgh, Premiership outfit Leicester play Castres and the Dragons make the trip across the Severn Bridge to Bristol.

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Domestic competitions across Europe, which has become the epicentre of the virus, have already been put on hold.

Source: Channel TV

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