NZ Rugby League cancels all 2020 competitions, Kiwis fixtures on hold

NZ Rugby League has cancelled all scheduled representative competitions and tournaments for the remainder of 2020.

The ongoing implications of the COVID-19 pandemic have left NZRL and clubs in a state of financial crisis.

International rugby league has also been cancelled for the foreseeable future and NZRL has ceased all non-essential expenditure.

"We are extremely disappointed that these competitions will not happen in 2020, but unfortunately, it was a decision that had to be made for the financial longevity of our game," says chief executive Greg Peters.

"Due to the extensive consequences of this pandemic across the code, we have had to make some significant short-term sacrifices in order to see the game thrive long after this virus is contained.

"The impact and influence rugby league has is felt widespread, both on and off the field. "Although unprecedented, this decision was made fully with the longevity of our game in mind and the important role it plays within our communities."

Once lockdown restrictions are lifted, Peters says the focus will be on getting the grassroots game operating as quickly as possible