Rotherham Titans left in limbo after end is called to rugby season

Rotherham Titans left in limbo after end is called to rugby season

By David Beddows | 20/03/2020

Rotherham Titans left in limbo after end is called to rugby season
Rotherham Titans and relegation rivals Birmingham Moseley do battle earlier this season.

THE decision of the Rugby Football Union to end the 2019/20 season for all league, cup and county rugby in England has left Rotherham Titans and countless other clubs in the dark.

After initially announcing a suspension of matches and training until April 14 earlier this week due to the coronavirus, the RFU went a stage further today by pulling the curtain down on the current campaign for good as the crisis deepens.

Decisions over promotion and relegation will be announced in mid-April, until when Rotherham's players, staff and supporters will be left wondering whether or not they will be demoted to National Two.

Titans are currently in the National One drop zone but have trimmed the gap to fourth-bottom Birmingham Moseley to just four points in recent weeks.

With five games still left to play, any decision to relegate them would seem harsh and many other teams down the rugby pyramid who still have plenty to play for will have similar arguments.

The issue is further complicated by the fact that the third and final promotion place into National One is decided by a play-off between the teams finishing second in National Two North and National Two South. If the ruling is fully applied, that match cannot now take place.

In a statement, the RFU said: "We are working through the implications of ending the season early and have instigated a thorough process to ensure fair and balanced outcomes for the game."

Discussions continue with Premiership clubs over resumning their season.