DRFC statement to all members and supporters
23rd March 2020
On Friday last, 20th March, it was confirmed that league and cup rugby below the Premiership will be halted for the remainder of the current season due to the significant and, potentially, long lasting effects and restrictions of the Coronavirus epidemic.
To be clear, all of the Championship clubs were consulted on the issue prior to announcement and by far the majority agreed that it was the only solution available to allow all concerned to take a realistic view of club finances in the wake of cancelled games and the almost total withdrawal, in our own case, of non-rugby events at Castle Park. All facilities are now closed until further notice.
To continue with ongoing delays would have quickly taken the season past the 31st May 2020, even in the very unlikely event that the Government would allow the recommencement of all events in the UK by that date. This presented an impossible challenge as players would be out of existing contracts and the negative effect on budgets would have only increased.
Questions have been asked why the Premiership league are being allowed to continue under a postponement with a continuing intention to recommence the current season as soon as possible. However, PRL administer that league and, therefore, it is out of the RFU’s hands to also terminate the Premiership. Time will tell, but expert opinion throughout the world is convinced that the crisis will continue for months and not weeks.
As a result of the above, Doncaster RFC, in common with all other clubs and businesses, is reviewing its options to maintain financial viability. The Government statement of support issued on Friday evening provides potential assistance but it will take some time for the detail to be clarified.
In the meantime, we hope that you and your families are keeping safe and virus free.
With best wishes
Steve Lloyd, President and Tony DeMulder, Executive Chairman