Super Rugby organisers have decided to suspend the competition indefinitely after the weekend’s games because of the coronavirus pandemic.
SANZAAR, the rugby body that runs Super Rugby, said this morning the tournament will be off for the “foreseeable future”.
The decision was prompted by the Government’s announcement that people entering from trips overseas, including returning New Zealand citizens, would have to self-isolate for 14 days from Monday – including travelling professional athletes such as Super Rugby players.
With New Zealand squads making up a third of the 15-team competition, SANZAAR said it had “no option” but to suspend Super Rugby.
SANZAAR CEO Andy Andy Marinos emphasised while the decision is extremely disappointing, the safety and welfare of the public and players is paramount.
Super Rugby now joins a long list of sporting leagues globally that have suspended their seasons due to the coronavirus outbreak, including the NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, Premier League, Formula 1 and more.