On behalf of the ACTRRA Committee, Thanks to all members who refereed in the junior competitions
STATEMENT FROM MARTIN SULLIVAN, PRESIDENT ACTJRU
Regrettably, but not unsurprisingly, the ACT Junior Rugby Union has made the difficult decision to call an end to the 2021 season of junior rugby and cancel the Finals series and the Girls Rugby Gala event in September.
In reaching our decision, the ACTJRU considered its obligations to comply with the directions of the ACT Government as well as our broader obligation to provide participants with a safe environment in which to play rugby.
Even if lockdown was to be lifted on 2 September, there are a number of challenges that would prevent a finals series to be completed, such as the subsequent time available to prepare and plan for both a Finals series and the Girls Rugby Gala event, and the safety of the participants.
This means teams end the 2021 season in their position on the Competition Ladder with games played up to and including Round 11 of competition.
We note that other future representative events, including the national program managed by Rugby Australia and the Under 15’s fixture in Albury arranged by Brumbies Rugby, have also been cancelled.
The ACTJRU would like to thank all the volunteers, players, parents and sponsors for their commitment and support of our great game during the interrupted 2020 and 2021 seasons.
The ACTJRU urges everyone to remain safe and follow the COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the ACT Government.
It is a most unfortunate situation that the players, coaches and families will miss the opportunity to complete the end of the rugby season in the traditional way, but the health and safety of our community is paramount.
Yours in Rugby,
ACT Junior Rugby Union