Top 14 campaign to be canceled in France as attention shifts to 2020-21 season

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The governing body of France’s Top 14, the National Rugby League, announced Thursday that the 2019-2020 season should be canceled.

Interviews were held Wednesday between club presidents of the Top 14 and ProD2 clubs, representing the two main French divisions, and the governing body.

Confirmation that the Top 14 and ProD2 seasons are canceled will now be given at the next LNR committee meeting.

So far, it has not been specified how the title races and relegation battles of the divisions, as well as the qualification for the European Champions Cup and the Top 14 Challenge Cup, will be decided.

LNR’s announcement puts an end to the prospect that the 14 best play-offs this season will take place in August, as previously hoped. The LNR added that it now hopes to start the 2020-2021 season in September.

“The president of the LNR presented the different options following the announcement of measures specific to sports events included in the deconfinement plan presented Tuesday by the Prime Minister to the National Assembly,” the press release reads.

“After consulting the presidents of the TOP 14 and PRO D2 clubs, the Bureau will propose to the LNR steering committee not to follow up on scenario 2 which provided for the organization of the final phases at the end of August to close the 2019-2020 season, to pronounce the end of this 2019-2020 season, and to focus on organizing the launch of the 2020-2021 editions of the two championships from September 2020.

“In continuation of a first meeting which took place this morning with the Minister of Sports, the National Rugby League will present in the coming days to the Department of Sports its proposal for medical protocol, re-athletics, preparation for the preparation of the 2020-2021 Championships in strict compliance with the health rules set by the public authorities.

“The date of the National Rugby League committee meeting, which will be convened at the end of this process, will be scheduled in the coming days. “

The Top 14 has been postponed since mid-March. Bordeaux-Bègles currently occupies first place, eight points from Lyon, relegations being occupied by Stade Francais and Agen, who are at the bottom of the list. Typically, 13th place in the Top 14 draws against a ProD2 team to determine who plays in the Top 14 the following season.

Canceling the title and relegation would make sense when there were nine innings remaining in the regular season.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe revealed on Tuesday that all major sporting events in France will be postponed until at least September.

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