The Rugby Football Union has actually validated the Premier 15s, its leading domestic females’s competition, will be paused until completion of the month since of the intensifying coronavirus crisis, as revealed by Telegraph Sport previously today.

The Premier 15s falls under the Government’s interpretation of ‘elite’ sport and is technically allowed to continue throughout lockdown, however there had been growing issue over gamer welfare, with no Covid-19 testing in the elite amateur league.

Recently, the RFU insisted that law variations brought into the league – such as lowered scrums – stayed adequate in minimising face-to-face contact in spite of the Covid-19 variant being a lot more transmissible than earlier kinds of the infection.

Premiership Rugby’s choice last Monday to put the males’s top-flight on a two-week break following the suspension of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup is believed to have actually pressed the RFU into thinking about whether it was ethically acceptable for its flagship females’s competitors to continue.

The post ponement of this year’s Women’s 6 Countries indicates that fixtures in the Premier 15s will also have actually to be rescheduled, with the RFU set to confirm new dates in due course.

Nicky Ponsford, the RFU head of ladies’s efficiency, said: “After assessment with representatives from Premier 15s clubs we have chosen to pause the league till the end of the month.

” The rescheduling of the Six Countries will hopefully allow us to play games over the original Six Countries period supplying it is safe to do so and we’ll be striving to finalise a structure and implement agreed extensive procedures throughout the league.

” We are also very mindful that a variety of club medical personnel and players work in the NHS so this is also a chance for them to break from rugby duties.

” While we intend to return at the end of the month, we are conscious this is a fluid circumstance and we will continue to evaluate and examine throughout this playing break. We ‘d like to thank all clubs for their continued efforts, co-operation and support during this period.”