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National and regional rugby competitions are suspended next season


By Will Clark

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Scottish Rugby have announced all national and regional competitions will be suspended for one season due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Highland will play in a different competition next season. Picture: Callum Mackay.
Highland will play in a different competition next season. Picture: Callum Mackay.

In its place, a separate series of competitions designed to support teams returning to the field to play against neighbours, local rivals or smaller clusters of teams will be organised.

The Premiership with National League Division 1, and National League Division 2 with National League Division 3 teams, will be split across two competitions culminating in three finals at BT Murrayfield.

The Women’s Premiership and Women’s National League Division 1 teams will participate in a single competition, which will also culminate in two finals at BT Murrayfield.

Inverness Craig Dunain will play in a single women's competition next season.
Inverness Craig Dunain will play in a single women's competition next season.

Men’s and Women’s regional division teams will participate in a series of regional or local competitions.

For Season 2020/21 boys’ and girls’ schools and youth rugby will also be different to support young players’ return to the game.

Following confirmation of the competition formats, work is now underway to finalise the fixture schedule and underlying competition rules.

Fixtures will be released following the next Scottish Government update on Thursday, September 10.

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