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Latest update: Super Rugby suspended for “the foreseeable future“.
Last updated: 13 March 2020 at 9:29 (SAST).
On Friday morning, the 2020 Super Rugby season was carrying on as normal. The Chiefs vs the Hurricanes was played in front of a crowd. However, the Argentina Rugby Union issued a statement saying the Jaguares will be playing their matches behind closed doors. The mayor of the Government of Buenos Aires City in Argentina has issued a directive with regard to the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus), saying that major sports events may continue for the next 30 days, but no spectators are allowed.
The Round 7 match between the Jaguares and Highlanders at Jose Amalfitani Stadium in Buenos Aires this Saturday (14 March) will be played behind closed doors.
In a statement, Super Rugby CEO, Andy Marinos said: “Super Rugby is an international cross-border competition and with the global outbreak of the coronavirus in recent weeks we always knew that unfortunately at some stage there would be an effect on the tournament. We have been planning for such contingencies and have been cognisant of all government and health authority directives issued within their respective territories.”
SANZAAR said that it would “issue information on any further changes to Super Rugby if and when appropriate”.
Super Rugby current status: Fixtures to continue as normal, some fixtures are moving to be played behind closed doors.