The Super League have become the last major sports organisation in the UK to suspend their calendar amid COVID-19 fears.
As football and most others around the world implemented the season suspension last week, the Super League played on this weekend, but they have since decided to follow suit, until April 3rd at the minimum.
Merseyside’s St Helens lost on the weekend to Castleford Tigers 28-14.
Kristian Woolf’s side currently sit in 6th position in the table, with three wins and three losses from their games so far.
They similarly lost to Huddersfield the week before and the cancellation means St Helens’ scheduled trip to Leeds Rhinos on Friday has been postponed, meaning they will have to wait to break their losing streak.
“The Rugby Football League and Super League Europe today announce a suspension of fixtures in the Betfred Super League season, initially until 3rd April, during which time the season’s structure and fixture rescheduling will be considered.
“This follows the latest Government advice regarding social contact and mass gatherings.
“The Super League clubs discussed a range of contingency plans with the RFL at their board meeting in Huddersfield, and the situation will be reviewed with broadcasters and sponsors throughout the initial suspension.
“These changes will also apply across other competitions including the Championship, League 1, Betfred Women’s Super League and the community game, with the RFL to have further discussions of the implications at meetings of Championship and League 1 clubs and community board over the next couple of days.”
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