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Scottish club rugby games will go ahead on Saturday but will be suspended for rest of the month

By Will Clark

Scottish Rugby have announced league games will still go ahead tomorrow despite other sport fixtures being scrapped due to the coronavirus.

This includes Highland's match against Stirling at Canal Park in Inverness going ahead at 12:30pm.

But league matches will be suspended for the rest of the month.

Highland will play Stirling at Canal Park tomorrow.
Highland will play Stirling at Canal Park tomorrow.

The SRU have announced from Sunday, there will be no domestic competition or training for two weeks whilst a further assessment can be made.

It will be in effect up to, and including, Sunday, March 29.

The decision followed announcements from the Scottish Football Association to cancel all football games in Scotland as well as the Camanachd Association cancelling all shinty matches,

A statement from the Scottish Rugby Union read: "In light of government restrictions on public gatherings and the resulting pressure on emergency services and healthcare provision, Scottish Rugby has decided that with effect from Sunday, March 15 at 6pm there will be a short period without domestic competition (or training) whilst a further assessment can be made.

"This will be in effect up to, and including, March 29.

"This will impact rugby in all domestic league and cup fixtures, training, festivals and other rugby events as well as the FOSROC Super6 tournament, which come under Scottish Rugby's jurisdiction. During this suspension period Scottish Rugby will undertake further assessment and advise on any further action that may be required.

"The Scottish Rugby Age-Grade Programme (male and female) will also be cancelled with immediate effect for the remainder of the season.

"This includes all training sessions that were planned for the age-grade teams as well as all other age-grade internationals for the rest of the season. However, the U20 Six Nations fixture tonight versus Wales will still go ahead in Colwyn Bay."

A spokesperson said: “We have taken on board all expert medical advice before now and we are taking a precautionary approach to give time to assess what the impact of coronavirus will be on Scottish society in the coming weeks before deciding on next steps.

"This decision has been taken with the best interest of everyone involved in the game and in support of the country's work to address the impact of Coronavirus."

The decision follows the Scottish Football Association cancelling all football matches indefinitely and the Camanachd Association scrapping the shinty season until further notice.

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