Friendly matches become Highland and Inverness Craig Dunain's only hope of action as Scottish Rugby cancel domestic season
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Scottish Rugby has confirmed that the 2020/21 club season has been cancelled.
A revised league campaign, accounting as far as possible for regionalisation as well as competitiveness, had been planned with the start date pushed back until January.
However, with the prevalence of Covid-19 remaining worryingly high in the central belt especially, the SRU this afternoon announced that it would not be possible to hold the campaign at all.
The decision affects all grassroots clubs and schools, although Super6 teams will continue to work towards a full fixture list starting at the end of March, should guidelines at that moment in time allow.
It is hoped that local friendly matches can go ahead where and when circumstances allow.
Today's announcement affects all five of Highland and Inverness Craig Dunain's sides, who now face the prospect of no competitive rugby until the end of the summer next year.
Scottish Rugby President, Ian Barr said in a statement: “After much careful ongoing consideration by the Scottish Rugby Council, who received a detailed briefing by colleagues in rugby development and updates from Scottish Rugby’s threat management group on the impact of current government restrictions, we took the difficult decision as a Council to recommend closing the 2020/21 domestic season, which the board then fully supported.
“We know many clubs and schools were looking forward to resuming competitive matches in the new year, but Covid-19 remains an active threat and we must act responsibly, putting the safety of our players, volunteers and their local communities first.
“We understand the decision will be disappointing, however it is important that we make the right choices to contribute to helping lower the infection rates and support public health guidelines, which can hopefully enable us to return to rugby fully at the right time.”