Brumbies Rugby has confirmed today that due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the Brumbies Provincial Program for 2020 will be cancelled.
On the 16th of March Rugby Australia postponed all Club and Community based rugby activities until the 1st of May. A further statement from Rugby Australia on April 3 extended the postponement period until at least the 1st of June.
However, given the ongoing impact of the global pandemic and continued restrictions in line with government guidelines, the 2020 Brumbies Provincial Program that was scheduled to commence in June will be cancelled as the Community Rugby team continue their plans to conduct meaningful club competitions within the ACT & SNSW region as soon as it can be safely done so.
The Brumbies Provincial Program provides opportunities for local players from the South Coast, Monaro and Southern Inland regions to commence their representative journey and encompasses the annual clashes between the respective representative teams of the Brumbies Rugby country regions and culminates in the recently introduced ‘Capital Cup’ tournament when the Brumbies Provincial Team competes against the ACT Griffins (John I Dent Cup non-contracted 1st grade players) and the Brumbies U19 representative team.
Craig Leseberg, Brumbies Rugby Deputy CEO & General Manager of Community Rugby, stated: “Whilst naturally there will be disappointment that we have had to make the decision to cancel the Brumbies Provincial Program for 2020, this decision has been made following continued assessment of the current COVID-19 situation, financial considerations and shifting priorities. The decision has been timed to ensure there is some certainty amongst key stakeholders including our three regional zones and their participating teams’.
“Our focus will be to continue our modelling and planning to ensure that once the situation allows we are in a position as a Union to administer meaningful competitions for all our clubs and teams to participate in for the balance of 2020. The recent National Cabinet endorsement and release of the AIS framework for the reintroduction of sport in Australia has provided a vastly more positive outlook”
“We thank everyone for their understanding and look forward to returning to a rugby field at some point soon, in the meantime, we urge all our club rugby players, volunteers and supporters to remain patient and look after themselves, their families and local community through this difficult period.”