A FLURRY of “positive messages” have been delivered the Welsh Rugby Union after they decided to cancel the season.

Governing body chairman Gareth Davies released a statement to all clubs in the wake of the decision, which comes due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The ruling means there will be no promotion or relegation from the season and will also include fixtures in the women’s and youth leagues across the country.

Davies, said: “I’d like to begin this update with a heartfelt thank you to the Welsh rugby community and our member clubs.

“We received a flurry of responses to the news that we had been forced to cancel the 2019/2020 season last week, understandably expressing disappointment but all showing absolute empathy for the situation we are all in.

“This attitude was exemplified by Pontypool rugby club, who are desperate for promotion to the Indigo Group Premiership, wrote an open letter accepting with good grace and proper perspective the decision which has meant no relegation or promotion for anyone this season.

“Across the length and breadth of Wales the community game has universally accepted the decision and is rallying round in support of those most in need and here, at the Welsh Rugby Union, we will continue to do all we can to support this act.”

The WRU will focus their immediate time throughout April on a new Help Centre launched for the clubs across the country.

This has been set-up with a view to continuing to develop both the process and methodology for working out what further financial support can be offered to clubs and determining how the governing body would allocate additional funds should they become available.

“Rest assured we have the very best interests of our member clubs, at the heart of everything that we do, and we will keep lines of constant communication and support open as we work through these difficult times,” added Davies.