Coronavirus: Super League suspended until April 3

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Super League has been put on hiatus until at least April 3 due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been announced.

All levels of the sport were suspended by the Rugby Football League (RFL) for three weeks, but Monday's announcement confirmed the relevant authorities will be reviewing their position as the provisional resumption date approaches.

During the hiatus, the RFL and Super League will also discuss how to structure the rest of the season and fixture rescheduling.

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Numerous high-profile people within rugby league had expressed their concern at the sport potentially going out of existence if a suspension was imposed.

But, following further guidance from the British government and health authorities on Monday urging people to avoid public gatherings, Super League and RFL have taken action.

A joint statement read: "The Rugby Football League and Super League Europe today announce a suspension of fixtures in the Super League season, initially until April 3, 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 One, Women's Super League and the community game, with the RFL to have further discussions of the implications at meetings of Championship and League One clubs and community board over the next couple of days."

Despite the postponement of all rugby league, the draw for round six of the Challenge Cup went ahead soon after – with Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves drawn against each other in the stand-out tie.

The matches are scheduled to take place on the weekend of April 4-5, but will be impacted by any further rugby league suspensions.

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