CLUB STATEMENT: MLR Suspends 2020 Season for 30 Days

Following Major League Rugby’s suspension of the 2020 season for 30 days, Toronto Arrows Rugby Football Club President and General Partner Bill Webb provided the following statement:

“The health and safety of our players, staff, and passionate fans is always top-of-mind when it comes to making decisions as a club and member of Major League Rugby, and we fully support MLR’s league-wide decision to pause our season.

We will determine our training plans over the coming days as we continue to take in information from the league’s medical task force and public health officials.

At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate details for the continuation of the 2020 season, including plans to reschedule our home opener that was originally scheduled for April 4. We fully expect to play any postponed matches at a later date. All tickets purchased for the affected match will remain valid for the rescheduled date.

We’d like to thank our fans for their support and understanding during this unprecedented period.”

DALLAS – [March 12, 2020] – Major League Rugby (MLR) has suspended all matches for 30 days, effective immediately, to assess the impact of COVID-19.

The MLR will use this time to determine next steps in regard to the coronavirus pandemic. The league and clubs will communicate strategies for the continuation of the 2020 season when further determinations have been made. Next steps will be based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities.

“After discussions with all clubs, we have determined that the decision to suspend our season is in the best interest of our community, fans, players, officials, and staff,” said MLR Commissioner George Killebrew. “We will update our fans when further decisions have been made, and we would like to thank them for their patience and continued support during this time.”

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