The RFL have released another statement detailing discussions from a conference call meeting held today between heads of Championship and League 1 clubs discussing the implications of yesterdays’ decision to suspend all matches amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ralph Rimmer, the RFL Chief Executive, said: “Public health and concern for the most vulnerable is everyone’s priority.

“It was important that we exchanged information and allowed the clubs to discuss their position as soon as possible following the confirmation that the season will be suspended.

“This will have a significant impact on clubs at all levels, as on all businesses, in all sectors. It is important for us as a governing body to be able to represent those clubs, given what a powerful force for good they are in our communities.

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“It was a positive meeting at which all agreed on the importance of a collegiate approach, both for the Championship and League 1 clubs and the game as a whole – focusing on three key areas of player welfare, club sustainability, and the integrity of the competitions.

“We will maintain regular dialogue with the clubs, as well as with Government, broadcasters and sponsors, over the period of our initial suspension until the weekend of 3 April, as we work together and look forward to the resumption of games.”

The sport’s governing body also outlined its plans to reschedule training courses and its intentions to make more fun resources available to help younger members of the community stay engaged in rugby league in different ways, with all training activities also currently suspended.