04 Mar 2020

The 2019/20 domestic rugby league was originally scheduled to conclude this Saturday, however in support of the Government’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the community all rugby activities have been suspended since Chinese New Year.

Whilst the Government yesterday did reopen some outdoor leisure venues including tennis courts and jogging tracks, remaining facilities including sports grounds and LCSD sports programmes continue to be closed until further notice – this is to avoid people gathering and to foster social distancing as virus containment efforts continue at this critical juncture. 

The HKRU Board and Management have therefore decided that based on the continued closure of grounds and in support of the virus containment efforts the 2019/20 domestic rugby league is now concluded; when the Government deems it sensible to reopen pitches we will look at the option of organising some stand-alone tournaments for those who are interested.  For those divisions that had already been decided prior to CNY, the winning team will be recognised as the league champions – no champions will be declared in the other divisions. 

In summary;

  • All mini, youth and schools rugby activities remain suspended in line with the school closures.
  • The University Sports Federation has announced that all their remaining sports events are cancelled, which means the tertiary rugby season has concluded.
  • Asia Rugby has announced the postponement of their tournaments until after June – that includes the men’s and women’s Asia Rugby Championship games that were due to be hosted in Hong Kong.
  • The Global Rapid Rugby season has been suspended. For full updates see the South China Tigers website.
  • The HKRU will continue to closely monitor the situation and follow the Government’s advice and guidelines. 

We’d like to thank all players, coaches, match officials, medics, physios, and volunteers for your efforts throughout what has been unfortunately a very disrupted season.