Top 14 rugby seasons in France abandoned without champion or relegation | Rugby Union News


LNR will determine who will qualify for European competition once European Professional Club Rugby has confirmed what the 2020/21 season will look like

Last updated: 02/06/20 12:41 pm

Bordeaux Begles topped the Top 14 before dropping out

The Top 14 season was abandoned in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic without champion or relegation, announced the French Rugby League (LNR).

The 2019/20 season also ended in PRO D2 – in the second division in France – without promotion or relegation to Federale 1, the highest level of amateur rugby in the country.

In a statement released Tuesday, the LNR said that, following the “exceptional circumstances” caused by the coronavirus epidemic, the ranking in the Top 14 and PRO D2 tables would be drawn from the conclusion of the 17th and 23rd rounds respectively. .

Bordeaux Bègles was at the top of the Top 14 when the league was suspended, eight points ahead of its closest rival, Lyon, with Stade Français at the bottom. Colomiers led Perpignan from a point in the race to promote PRO 2.

The decision has been widely awaited since the NRL and club presidents reached an agreement on April 30 to suspend the campaign.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said in April that the 2019-2020 sports season could not resume, even if the measures taken by the government to contain the spread of the coronavirus left room for matches taking place without spectators.

The LNR added that the European qualification places would be allocated “once the European Professional Club Rugby has confirmed the applicable competition format in 2020-21”.

Club rugby across Europe has been affected with the Premiership Gallagher and PRO14 seasons suspended indefinitely.

The European Cup of Champions and the Challenge Cup were also suspended in mid-March, with October being considered as a possible date for the final of this season’s competition.


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