Connacht Rugby has confirmed that the IRFU decision to conclude the 2019/20 season applies immediately to all domestic rugby within Connacht Rugby.
As is the case with the Men’s and Women’s Energia All-Ireland Leagues, there will be no promotion or relegation in the respective Connacht Rugby Leagues for 2019/20. All teams will remain in the leagues they are currently in for 2020/21.
In the respective Cup competitions where the two finalists are known, the cups will be shared with the two teams who have reached the final. In particular, this applies to the Connacht Junior Cup.
This also applies to the respective Connacht Schools competitions as there were a number of cups & leagues outstanding.
In total 69 leagues and cups were held across Adult, Schools and Youth Rugby. Of those competitions:
* 25 competitions have been completed with one winner.
* 15 competitions have ended with shared winners, based on the criteria set out by the IRFU Rugby Committee.
* 25 competitions have been declared incomplete.
* 4 competitions are listed as non-competitive.
While Connacht Rugby shares in the deep disappointment of the club and schools rugby community that the season was unable to conclude, the body is fully supportive of the decision by the IRFU to put the physical welfare of the rugby community above all else.
In a press statement, Connacht Rugby said: “We would encourage every member of our clubs and schools to continue to adhere to the advice of the HSE and the Irish Government in relation to the current COVID-19 outbreak, particularly with regards to social distancing at all ages.
“Never before has the sense of community been more important to all of us. Please continue to look out for the vulnerable people within your localities and above all, stay safe”.
CONNACHT RUGBY COMPETITIONS
Women’s League: Westport RFC
Women’s Invitational Plate: Westport RFC 2nd XV
Women’s Invitational Bowl: Ballinasloe RFC
Women’s Cup: Incomplete
Senior League: Sligo RFC
Senior Cup: Sligo RFC
Cawley Cup: Creggs RFC
Curley Cup: Ballinasloe RFC & Corrib RFC shared
Ard na Cregg Cup: Incomplete
Junior Cup: Connemara RFC & Castlebar RFC shared
Junior Plate: Tuam RFC & Westport RFC shared
J1A League: Incomplete (Won by Connemara RFC prior to conclusion)
J1B League: Incomplete
J1C League: Incomplete
J2 League: Portumna RFC & Westport RFC 2nd XV shared