Coronavirus Update | Where do the world’s major rugby leagues stand?

As the world continues to fight coronavirus, we assess the state of play across the all the rugby leagues.

The Gallagher Premiership now stands alone as the only league in world rugby still seeking to complete this coronavirus-disrupted season.

Officials in France confirmed on Thursday that the Top 14 and Pro D2 divisions were being cancelled as a result of ongoing French government restrictions on sporting events.

It’s also been revealed it is inevitable the Pro 14 and Super Rugby campaigns will be called off, too, although not just yet for insurance reasons.

Unbeaten Leinster are set to be awarded the Pro 14 title as a result.

Meanwhile, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are gearing up for domestic fixtures to partly replace the lost Super Rugby season.

Major League Rugby in the USA and Japan’s Top League are also long-since abandoned,


What happened next? Sir Clive Woodward’s first five debutants

Former England boss Sir Clive Woodward was widely lauded for his management of the English national team, leading them to triumph at the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Starting in 1997, it wasn’t all plain-sailing for the now legendary coach with it taking him five attempts to secure a win; hammering Wales 60-26 in the Five Nations Championship.

They went on to beat Scotland and Ireland, but that summer’s trip to Australia proved a disaster. England lost all seven of their fixtures, including a 76-0 thrashing by the Wallabies.

In his very first game in charge, Woodward started five debutants in a 15-15 draw against the Wallabies at Twickenham.

It’s fair to say they’re all now enjoying pretty varied international careers:

1. Matt Perry

Total caps: 36

 He proudly won 36 caps for England, three for the Lions in Australia in 2001, and made an eye watering 221 appearances scoring 561 points for Bath Rugby between 1995 and his enforced retirement in 2007, at that point the Club’s longest serving player.

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