European rugby suspension: Chris Ashton says Premiership groups don’t want two-week break
Harlequins wing Chris Ashton says a two-week break is “the very last thing groups need” after the European cups had been suspended due to coronavirus.
England’s Premiership rejected strategies to deliver home fixtures ahead to fill the hole left by the Heineken Champions Cup and European Problem Cup.
The league mentioned the choice was made to guard gamers’ welfare.
“It is not supreme for us as gamers,” Ashton mentioned on Rugby Union Weekly.
“We had been because of play anyway so I do not suppose it issues what competitors it’s. The very last thing groups need is to go two weekends and not using a recreation. It retains everybody match and firing.”
The choice to postpone European fixtures scheduled for the weekends of 16 and 23 January got here after the French authorities decreed its golf equipment mustn’t play within the competitions this month.
It leaves a two-week hole in a packed rugby schedule this season. As soon as England’s home league restarts on 29 January, there are 22 weeks of rugby looming for any membership that makes it to the Premiership and European finals.
It isn’t but clear when the 2 rounds of postponed European pool video games will happen.
The match has 4 extra weekends within the calendar, with two earmarked for quarter-finals performed throughout two legs, one for semi-finals and one for finals.
Premiership chief govt Darren Childs mentioned of the choice to maintain home fixtures as they’re: “The welfare of everybody concerned in Premiership Rugby is essential to us and this break within the season provides us the prospect at hand some much-needed relaxation to our hard-working gamers, administration, workers and match officers.”
However former England wing Ugo Monye mentioned this choice “doesn’t make sense”.
“I perceive that gamers and coaches want relaxation however they had been meant to be enjoying this weekend,” he added.
“The calendar was set ages in the past. Everybody signed as much as it. You’ve got two competitions completely match right into a congested calendar, you must take into account the impression that your choice domestically may have on one other competitors.”