Covid-19 Coronavirus – Community Game Suspension

Dear Colleague

As you know, the Rugby Football League and Super League Europe yesterday announced a suspension of fixtures in the Betfred Super League season, initially until 3rd April, during which time the season’s structure and fixture rescheduling will be considered.

These changes also apply across ALL other competitions including the Championship, League 1, Betfred Women’s Super League and the whole community game.

PLEASE NOTE that this is ALL Rugby League activity – training, games, festivals, sessions, courses etc.

The RFL will also reschedule coach education courses over the coming weeks.

The RFL has consistently followed the Government’s advice – and this is the latest Government advice regarding social distancing, and mass gatherings.

These are challenging times for everyone in the Rugby League family and across the country. The RFL and Rugby Leagues Cares are working together with clubs to look at ways in which the sport can help in our communities; indeed some of this has already started.

As well as working on competitions structures and fixture rescheduling with you, we will do the following to support the community game:

  • Make more Rugby League coaching, learning and fun resources available to coaches and clubs, parents and children – focused on staying healthy and well and engaged
  • Look out for great content, quizzes, competitions and prizes for children and young people, and for adults
  • Work with RLWC2021 and make sure that everyone in Rugby League and our wider communities can access the new Mental Fitness Charter resources
  • We have a full programme of great Rugby League content lined up for Our League and
  • Look out for great matches like England v Tonga semi-final from RLWC2017

We are also working with Sport England and Government to communicate the pivotal role played by community clubs in society and the financial impact in the short and medium term on clubs. Marc Lovering (Participation and Development Director) is looking for clubs to get in touch and share information on the likely impact on revenues etc. Please do help us to make the strongest possible case for our sport. Email

The welfare of everyone involved and getting ready for the return of the sport is key now and over the weeks ahead. Our responsibilities to Rugby League communities remain front of mind for all of us.

Take care