Rugby Australia suspends professional pathway competitions

Mon, 23/08/2021, 04:50 am
Rugby Australia
by Rugby Australia
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In consultation with the relevant State Unions, Rugby Australia has confirmed the suspension of all professional pathway programs and competitions.

This includes all nationally administered teams and competitions, including the Junior Rugby Championship, U19 Rugby Championship, and all U18 National Academy matches.

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The Junior Wallabies and Australian Schools and U18s programs have also been suspended. The Junior Gold Cup (U15s) may continue to operate under the administration of each state based on the relevant health advice however, it will not contain any interstate elements.

Rugby Australia is currently exploring the opportunity for the National Gold camp to take place at the end of the year.

More than 50 of Australia's top teenage talents came together on the Gold Coast for a week-long academy camp. Take a look behind the scenes right here.

Rugby Australia Director of Rugby, Scott Johnson said: “It’s a really disappointing outcome for our pathway programs.

“While some states will be able to continue training, the decision to cancel our cross-border competitions and camps was made with the safety and welfare of our players and staff in mind.

“These underage programs are the key to our long-term professional success, and while it’s disappointing to see them suspended, players in lockdown areas still have access to their coaches and support networks.

“We are currently working towards hosting the National Gold camp at the end of the year, ensuring our players remain connected and continue to develop as a team, in conjunction with the working they are doing in their respective academies.”

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