The Rugby Players Association have released the following statement following the postponement of Premiership fixtures.
‘The RPA fully supports PRL’s decision to postpone Gallagher Premiership fixtures, to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all our members, club employees and rugby fans across the country.
‘The RPA has been in constant contact with Premiership Rugby and the RFU who are working closely with DCMS, Public Health England and World Health Organization on this matter. In light of the Government’s Cobra meeting and announcement this evening, today’s difficult decision has been made in the best short term interests of the sport.
‘The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 presents extraordinary challenges and risks, so it is therefore vital that we follow the Government protocols at this time to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in the game.
‘In this unprecedented situation we will continue to work closely with Premiership Rugby and the RFU to provide updates to our membership when more information becomes available.’
RPA Group CEO