Statement: Latest on season resumption
The Betfred Super League clubs have welcomed the latest Government advice on the route to a resumption of the 2020 season – and have reaffirmed their determination to do everything necessary to be ready to stage matches this summer and, as soon as it is safe, in front of fans.
Representatives of all 12 clubs considered the implications of the guidelines for staging behind closed doors matches and examined what might be a realistic expectation for when crowds are allowed to return.
Detailed discussions have also taken place regarding a safe and coordinated return of players to training, at a pre-arranged regulatory meeting with the Rugby Football League today at which the impact of the pandemic topped the agenda.
A group of nominated clubs continue to examine a number of scenarios for the resumption of the season, with supporters still very much at the forefront of those discussions.
Those scenarios are likely to see fixtures rearranged to later in the year as part of an extended season.
Super League Executive Chairman Robert Elstone said:
"The health of the public remains our number one priority - but we welcome the positive messages from the Government regarding the resumption of sport.
"Clearly, this is an important first step in getting us back playing again - but this is also the first step in a complex process that will require more of the Game-wide collaboration evident to date, as we look to find solutions, and deal with uncertainties.
"We share with our fans, players, broadcast and commercial partners the desire to get back on the field as soon as possible, in line with government advice on protecting everyone involved with our sport and the wider community we serve.
"Potential season start dates are all being considered as part of the extensive work going into fixtures scheduling and, whilst health remains paramount, we are committed to exploring all opportunities to deliver live rugby league in front of crowds."