30 May 2020
NHRU 2020 Season Media Release
Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union (NHRU) has today confirmed that the normal premiership season for 2020 is not going ahead but they are ready to be creative and look at alternative options as restrictions ease.
NHRU President BILL CLIFTON says NHRU has been working closely with the presidents of the 20 premier and divisional clubs to come to this decision which puts the welfare of our players, coaches and supporters first.
“We are committed to the success of rugby in the Hunter and we encourage our clubs and players to keep doing what they do best – keeping players fit, healthy and safe and staying connected with our community.”
“There is only one thing we can say with certainty for the 2020 Newcastle and Hunter Rugby season and that is it will be a season like no other. While restrictions are changing every day, the uncertainty means the Newcastle and Hunter rugby premiership season won’t be going ahead.”
“What we are doing is working with clubs to make sure there are opportunities to engage in rugby in Newcastle and the Hunter.”
“We want to see what the opportunities are for rugby in 2020 and we are investigating some great ideas like training drills for schools, virtual competitions and even a sprint season (the COVID Cup has been bandied around!)”
“In addition, unlike the national sporting codes, we are heavily on reliant on our game days to support and fund our clubs. Without our game day revenue, it is difficult to see how we would be able to meet the increased cleaning and hygiene requirements due to COVID-19.”
We know our rugby community wants to pull on jerseys and cheer on their local clubs and we hope to have some great alternatives to do just that in the coming weeks.