WELSH Rugby Union officials have announced the cancellation of the current season with immediate effect.

The unprecedented move by the governing body comes amid growing concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic following a board meeting on Friday, March 20.

This applies to all WRU cup and league competitions currently underway as well as the cross-border competition between Welsh and Scottish clubs due to kick off in April.

The announcement came after a comprehensive review of risk of catching the virus, in addition to the need for certain competitions that have doctors present who could be needed elsewhere.

No team in any league is currently mathematically guaranteed promotion or relegation, and there are 1,113 WRU Specsavers National League and Indigo Group Premiership games that still need to be completed.

There will be no promotion or relegation in any of the WRU leagues, with all rugby-related activity suspended “until further notice”.

Martyn Phillips, chief executive officer at the WRU, said: “We are well aware of the colossal amount of effort that goes into our game, on and off the field, across Wales.

“We did not take this decision lightly. It is not intended to in any way diminish the games that have already taken place or the efforts of everyone involved.

“We were particularly aware of the impact on clubs with the potential to be promoted or win competitions, but in the end we have had to make the decision to ensure we play our part in safeguarding Welsh communities.

"We know clubs will be disappointed but also hope they will be understanding, given the circumstances.

“We know that rugby clubs are facing extraordinary challenges at the moment.

“We will continue to look at all options to ensure the game in Wales emerges from this period and continues to play the vital role in Welsh life that it has for the last 140 years.”