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Scottish Rugby season comes to an end as Inverness clubs await final decisions on promotion and relegation issues


By Will Clark


Scottish Rugby have confirmed the 2019/20 season has officially ended and the sport will remain suspended until further notice.

Highland are set to finish National One in third place.
Highland are set to finish National One in third place.

Scottish club rugby was originally suspended for two weeks last Sunday on Government and NHS advice on the developing Covid-19 virus outbreak.

They aimed to restart the season on March 29, but said it was not reasonable prospect in a safe and practical time frame.

A process is now underway to consider the implications of the early closure of the season on both league and Cup competitions.

This process will involve the Championship and Competitions Committees and the Scottish Rugby Council, with the aim to present a recommendation to the Scottish Rugby board by the end of the month as to the implications of various options for promotion, relegation and the awarding of league titles.

Highland will finish National One in third place, but it is not known if champions Biggar, who won the league before the suspension of rugby will be promoted as no team had officially been relegated from the Premiership.

Highland 2nd XV are currently set to finish the Caledonia North Two season in second place behind champions Aberdeenshire despite having two games remaining and only one point behind.

Inverness Craig Dunain will finish in fourth place in Caledonia North Four.

The women’s season takes place at a different time of year from the male season, with separate recommendations for the women’s 2020 season set to be made.

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