Cardiff RFC denied chance to go for League and Cup double as WRU cancels 2019/20 season

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The Welsh Rugby Union have taken the decision to cancel all competitions for the 2019/20 season as the Coronavirus outbreak continues to hit sports across the country.

It means that Cardiff RFC will miss out on the chance to go for a League and Cup double after what has been a terrific campaign so far, winning 16 of 19 games across both competitions.

The Blue and Blacks were sitting top of the Indigo Group Premiership with 61 points at the suspension of the season, seven points ahead of Carmarthen Quins in second place and with a game in hand.

Steve Law’s men were also due to play the West Walians in the semi-finals of the WRU Specsavers Cup at the end of the month, but both competitions have now been cancelled.

It would likely have been the first league title for Cardiff RFC since 2009, and a chance at winning back-to-back cup titles since triumphs in 1981 and 1982.

‘We are well aware of the colossal amount of effort that goes into our game, on and off the field, across Wales,” said WRU CEO Martyn Phillips. “We did not take this decision lightly. It is not intended to in any way diminish the games that have already taken place or the efforts of everyone involved.

“We were particularly aware of the impact on clubs with the potential to be promoted or win competitions, but in the end we have had to make the decision to ensure we play our part in safeguarding Welsh communities.

“We know clubs will be disappointed but also hope they will be understanding, given the circumstances. We know that rugby clubs are facing extraordinary challenges at the moment. We will continue to look at all options to ensure the game in Wales emerges from this period and continues to play the vital role in Welsh life that it has for the last 140 years.”

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