The Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League has made the decision to postpone the 2020 All Stars event due to health concerns relating to COVID-19.
The decision comes after the Australian government advised that non-essential mass gathering of 500 or more people should be cancelled.
The event was due to take place on Saturday 21 March and organisers were expecting large crowds at St John Oval in Charlestown.
Newcastle Rugby League Chief Executive, Matt Harris, said the decision stemmed from a concern for those who planned to attend the event.
“The health and safety of our community and our league is a top priority and the NSW Rugby League has supported our decision to postpone the All Stars,” Harris said.
A final decision on whether the event can be rescheduled for an alternative date during the 2020 season will be made as soon as possible.
There are currently no updates or changes to the Newcastle Rugby League 2020 season, which is set to start on Saturday 18 April.
“It is too early to ascertain how this situation will impact on the 2020 competition but, ultimately, Newcastle RL will be guided by advice and directives from our governing body NSWRL,” Harris said.