Oceania rugby under 20s championships cancelled

Oceania's finest compete on Gold Coast ahead of World Rugby U20 Championship. Picture: WORLD RUGBY

SYDNEY, 22 MAY 2020 (OCEANIA RUGBY) – The 2020 Oceania Rugby Under 20s Championships scheduled for May 27 to June 6 has been cancelled after consultation with Rugby Australia over the last month.

Extended travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to numerous countries, and concerns over adequate player preparation time, mean that any sort of cross-border international rugby competition cannot be hosted in the next few months.

In a statement last week, World Rugby said all decision-making would be entirely contingent on national government travel, quarantine and health advice.

“All parties, including member unions, international competitions, professional club competitions and International Rugby Players, will be involved in the evaluation of potential contingency options with a view to achieving an aligned calendar for the remainder of the year,” it said.

Monitoring of the potential impact on the remaining 2020 international windows continues in collaboration with international rugby stakeholders and the respective authorities.

The Oceania Rugby Under 20s Championships was scheduled to be hosted at Bond University in Queensland Australia with New Zealand, Fiji, Japan and host-nation Australia competing for the regional title.

World Rugby has also announced the cancellation of the World Rugby U20s Championships that was to be hosted in Italy for July this year.

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