The RFU has confirmed the end of the season for all levels below the Premiership following the coronavirus outbreak.
The move, which applies to “all league, cup and county rugby in England”, means the Championship campaign will finish with at least seven rounds to play.
We appreciate lots of you have questions today. Please be assured we are not ignoring you.— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) March 20, 2020
Newcastle Falcons are top with a 100% record, but are yet to seal promotion.
The RFU said a further update would be issued in April as they aim to “ensure fair and balanced outcomes”.
Saracens’ relegation from the Premiership has already been confirmed following persistent salary cap breaches, meaning Falcons are likely to replace them in the top flight, according to RUCK sources.
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“We are working through the implications of ending the season early and have instigated a thorough process to ensure fair and balanced outcomes for the game,” said RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney.
“While we would like to provide all the answers now, we need some time to get it right for the best interests of the game.
“Rest assured we are working on this as a priority and we will continue to send weekly updates to clubs.”
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1. Jamie George (Carter & George Practice)
The clinic, which offers first-class physiotherapy and rehabilitation services, is the joint venture of George and experienced physiotherapist and best friend Rhys Carter.
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•@J_George2 is give you a sneak peak below at the challenge!
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