As you will have seen over the weekend, following the implementation of 14-day self-isolation quarantine measures by the New Zealand and Australian federal governments for any individuals returning from overseas, SANZAAR has indefinitely suspended the 2020 Super Rugby season.
We felt it was important to write to you again in order to provide you with a further update and also to keep you connected to your Club.
These are rapidly evolving and trying times for us all, and we are facing them as one, united Victorian Rugby community.
With such containment measures for COVID-19 likely to be in place for some time, international travel will obviously be problematic in the short to medium term. To that end, we have been proactive and are working very hard being the scenes with all relevant stakeholders to find an innovative and viable alternative model for the competition to resume as soon as possible.
One of the many options being discussed is the adoption of an intra-conference and intra-country alternative 2020 Super Rugby fixture which could commence in a few weeks’ time in closed stadia. The financial consequences for all Super Rugby clubs of the season failing to recommence are significant and we are committed to doing all we can to ensure that you can cheer your Rebels on again in 2020. We are very keen to continue our winning momentum as soon as possible and we will be ready to go whenever the competition resumes.
While we are uncertain of the next time we will see you at the Stockade, our comms and off-field teams will step up to give you a different kind of Rebels experience. We want to help do what we can to stay tight and help put a smile on your face through these some new segments and features on our social channels. This has already started with the latest episode of The March released this afternoon on YouTube, where you can see how the players have reacted to the last week’s news.
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for your loyal support in 2020. You are a valued part of the Rebel Army. Whether, you’ve joined us just in time for our historic 10th season or have been with us since the very beginning, your dedication, loyalty and passion drives us to make you proud on and off the field. We will continue to update you regularly as more information comes to hand.
Stay safe, look after each other and whatever challenges lie ahead, we can get through this together.
Yours Sincerely ,
The Executive, Board, Players, Coaches and Staff of the Melbourne Rebels