by Travis Normand
March 14, 2020
I am a little late with this as you have probably already seen the USA Rugby announcement. In any event, here it is again.
USA Rugby announced on March 13, 2020 that it was suspending competition and activities for 30 days (which is similar to the D1A Rugby announcement). However, USA Rugby went further to announce that both the Spring College Championships for both XVs and 7s are officially canceled.
You can read the USA Rugby statement HERE; and I have pasted the full text of the statement below.
USA RUGBY SUSPENDS SANCTIONED COMPETITION AND ACTIVITIES FOR 30 DAYS; SPRING COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIPS (XV & 7S) CANCELED
With the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) escalating day by day, the need for suspended activities was a complicated but necessary resolution.
USA Rugby; March 13, 2020
LAFAYETTE, CO – USA Rugby today announced the decision to suspend sanctioned rugby competition and activities for a 30-day period effective immediately. With the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) escalating day by day, the need for suspended activities was a complicated but necessary resolution. The 2020 USA Rugby Spring College Championships and College 7s National Championship have also been canceled due to precautionary measures within the union and a growing number of colleges and universities.
USA Rugby CEO, Ross Young: “It’s been an extraordinary period of time around the globe, whereby the rugby community is of course affected. While we evaluated as best we could to keep competitions intact, the situation has risen to a point where precautionary measures take precedent and is in the best interest of not only our members, but the general public.”
Effective immediately, USA Rugby adamantly encourages all members to suspend competition and rugby activities for the next 30 days to ensure the health and safety of themselves and those around them.
The USA Rugby Medical Committee will continue to monitor the condition of COVID-19 and provide further instruction before the end of this period on April 12, 2020. Playoffs, qualifiers and eventual championship events for USA Rugby Spring College XVs and 7s will not occur in 2020.
While regional and national Senior Club competition is included in the immediate suspension, the 2020 Club XV and Club 7s Championships will remain under review. With a differing competition calendar to the scholastic game, the state of those events will be determined at the end of the 30-day period.
Through the provisional period, members are encouraged to stay tuned with USA Rugby communication channels and social media for live updates and information on the situation.Link to USA Rugby Announcement: https://internal.usarugby.org/2020/03/usa-rugby-suspends-sanctioned-competition-and-activities-for-30-days-spring-college-championships-xv-7s-canceled/
Considering that this blog (the Maroon & White Rugby blog) focuses on Texas A&M Rugby; I must state the obvious by saying this is disappointing news. The Texas A&M Rugby club qualified for the 7s National Championship back in October 2019 when they won the RRRC’s National Qualifying tournament, yet according to this statement, there will not be a 7s National Championship this season.
Due to the seriousness of the COVID-19 situation, this cancelation appears to be the right call at this time, but that doesn’t make it any less disappointing.
In any event, the Aggies (and the rest of the RRRC, including Oklahoma) can hold out some hope that the RRRC Championship Game might still be played later this semester.