Global Rapid Rugby is the latest sporting competition, to suspend its season because of Covid-19.

Six teams from Australia, Asia and the Pacific, kicked off the inaugural ‘home-and-away’ season on Saturday, with the Fijian Latui and Manumā Samoa, slumping to first round defeats in Suva and Perth.

However, Rapid Rugby Chief Executive – Mark Evans said, new travel restrictions introduced by the New Zealand and Australian governments, which require all overseas arrivals to ‘self-isolate’ for 14 days, had made the continuation of the competition impossible.

Rapid Rugby had announced a revised season schedule three weeks ago, after the coronavirus outbreak forced entering the China Lions, to move the location of their three home games, scheduled for Shanghai.

The Lions rallied from 10 points down, to upset the Fijian Latui 29-22, in Saturday’s season opener in Suva on Saturday.

Manumā Samoa were overwhelmed 52-27 by the South China Tigers, in the first match of a double-header in Perth, having led 18-17 at half-time, while the Western Force thumped the Malaysia Valke, 51-14 in front of their home supporters, at HBF Park.

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