Coronavirus: Market Rasen and Louth RFC season in limbo after RFU calls halt

Market Rasen and Louth RFC’s season hangs in the balance after a nationwide halt was called on the rugby season late on Monday.

Captain Ben Chamberlin has been in fine form. Picture: Jon Staves EMN-200113-160514002

The RFU announced all rugby activity in England was to be suspended, at both professional and community level, following Government advice on how to slow the spread of coronavirus.

This includes all club training, league and cup matches, as well as rugby education courses until at least Tuesday, April 14, subject to continued review.

“The decision has been taken following Government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community,” an RFU statement read.

“Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

“The RFU will continue to review and monitor Government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks.”

The Red and Greens had been scheduled to return to action on Saturday with a trio to Ashbourne after a blank in their league fixtures last weekend.

With four games of the season left, Rasen still maintained an outside chance of a top-two finish in Midlands Two East (North), sitting seven points behind second-placed Matlock.

Other fixtures still outstanding are a trip to third-placed Coalville and home matches with bottom side Ashfield and a final day fixture with current leaders Dronfield.