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Hunter Rugby rubbed out for 2021


Hunter Rugby (NHRU) players will pack their boots back in the cupboard after the organisation abandoned its 2021 competitions this week, due to the latest COVID-19 outbreak.

Officials made the tough call, based on a recommendation from NSW Country Rugby late on Thursday 26 August.

“In the interest of the wider community, we’ve regrettably cancelled the remainder of the 2021 season,” NHRU president Glenn Turner said.

“We would like to extend a big thank you to all our clubs, players, coaches, team managers, referees, volunteers and committees for their efforts contributing to the year.

“The season was progressing well with good evenness in all grades.

“And, we all share in the disappointment of being unable to complete the 2021 competitions in their entirety.

“The outcome is the unfortunate reality of the obstacles the pandemic continues to throw at us.

“Our priority remains supporting our clubs, players, officials and volunteers through these challenging circumstances and focusing on 2022.

“In fact, we’re already planning for this.”

It comes after AFL Hunter Central Coast (AFLHCC) also pulled the pin on community football throughout the region in the wake of the NSW Government extending the state-wide lockdown until 10 September.

“Following the uncertainty surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic across the Hunter, the board made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 season,” community football and competition manager Matt Harris said.

“In reaching this ruling it became increasingly apparent that, with the continued escalating health crisis and the impact of ongoing lockdown timeframes, to restart and finish 2021 are now not viable.

“We know this will upset our many players, coaches, umpires and volunteers, who invest so much time, effort and energy in the season, but they remain our main focus moving forward.”

Meanwhile, Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League remains hopeful of returning to the paddock, with a possible grand final pencilled in for October.

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