by Travis Normand
March 13, 2020 (Friday)
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) “scare” has taken over the US (and world); and with that, sporting events have been canceled one after the other. It was only a matter of time before college rugby fell victim as well, and now it has been made official.
Apparently D1A Rugby put out their statement on March 12, 2020; and you can read the D1A Rugby announcement HERE (I have also posted the text of the announcement below).
D1A SUSPENDS COMPETITION THROUGH APRIL 5
by D1A Rugby
March 12, 2020
The rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing cancellations and postponements of sporting events around the globe. After consultation with our D1A Executive Committee and USA Rugby, we are suspending the Men’s Division IA regular season until April 5th due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, and our ability to ensure D1A Rugby events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic. An additional statement will be made in early April when the status of the virus and disruptions to our wellbeing are hopefully clearer than they are now.
D1A has determined that the decision to suspend our season is in the best interest of our student-athletes, fans, officials and community. We will closely monitor the situation with health officials and communicate when and how rugby will start back up when it is safe and appropriate.
Further information and instruction will soon follow.
Kevin BattleLink to announcement: https://www.d1arugby.com/news/d1a-suspends-competition-through-april-5/
Commissioner, D1A Rugby
Besides the written statement above, there was also a video-interview with Kevin Battle that was posted to the “For the Fans” (FTF) Facebook page, which you can find HERE.
What does all of this mean for Texas A&M?
Well, the Aggies are currently scheduled to play in the RRRC Championship Game against Oklahoma on March 28, and the winner of that game earns an automatic bid to the D1A Rugby playoffs. However, as of right now, whether there will be a D1A Playoff this season remains to be seen.
The Aggies have also already qualified for the D1A College 7s National Championship tournament, and it is unclear if that tournament will happen or not.
If everything is canceled and there is not a chance to play any of the games at a later date, the Aggies could be missing out on not only a Conference Championship Game (RRRC) and a National Championship appearance in 7s; but they could also miss out on a National Championship appearance in XVs as well.