THE Welsh rugby season has been cancelled.

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) had previously suspended the season due to coronavirus pandemic until March 4 but the body has now taken the decision to cancel the remainder of the season.

The WRU pointed to the risks of continued competition to players, coaches, referees, volunteers and spectators and the risk of adding to the "unprecedented burden" on the National Health Service.

The decision means no team in any league is currently guaranteed promotion or relegation and having explored all options to complete the fixture list the WRU confirmed all clubs would remain in the same league next season.

The statement read: "Rugby activity remains suspended until further notice and this includes no organised training or games, use of club gym facilities, organised sessions or unsanctioned gatherings at rugby premises.

"We are well aware of the colossal amount of effort that goes into our game, on and off the field, across Wales.

"We did not take this decision lightly. It is not intended to in any way diminish the games that have already taken place or the efforts of everyone involved.

"We were particularly aware of the impact on clubs with the potential to be promoted or win competitions, but in the end we have had to make the decision to ensure we play our part in safeguarding Welsh communities.

“We know clubs will be disappointed but also hope they will be understanding, given the circumstances.

"We know that rugby clubs are facing extraordinary challenges at the moment and we will continue to look at all options to ensure the game in Wales emerges from this period and continues to play the vital role in Welsh life that it has for the last 140 years."