Rugby Australia and SANZAAR have today announced the continued suspension of Super Rugby in Australia until no earlier than 1 May 2020.
Whilst planning for a domestic iteration of Super Rugby in Australia was well advanced towards a kick-off on Friday 3 April, today’s announcement of a continued delay comes following the federal government’s ban on non-essential travel and the move by several states towards a shutdown of non-essential services.
The Melbourne Rebels are proud to represent our community, our members, our fans, our partners and we take seriously our responsibility as custodians of the game to see Rugby thrive into the future. These are the most of extraordinary times and notwithstanding the unprecedented financial impact that this situation is having on our Club, we fully support this decision of Rugby Australia and SANZAAR.
“Our commerical and high performance staff have worked exceptionally hard behind the scenes over the last fortnight to give us the best chance of resuming Super Rugby as soon as possible, and in the best format possible,’ said Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson.
“Unfortunately that opportunity to play and make Melbourne proud on the field is still sometime away, and there are far greater challenges for society right now that must be prioritised.
”By nominating 1 May as the earliest possible resumption date for Super Rugby, Rugby Australia has now aligned the suspension of all rugby activities across Australia to this date. This timeline will be reviewed accordingly throughout April, with the health and safety of all participants to always be the highest priority.
"Given that there is now at least six weeks before the resumption of any rugby activities, the Melbourne Rebels are determining next steps with respect to our operations over the upcoming months. There are difficult decisions ahead and we appreciate your patience as we plan for various possible scenarios for the resumption of Rugby later this year."