The WRU Board has confirmed the cancellation of the 2019/20 season for all WRU competitions.

The authority sent out a statement saying the decision, made after a comprehensive review of all league and cup competitions, was taken at a board meeting.

This decision 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.

And with no team in any league currently mathematically guaranteed promotion or relegation, the divisions will remain as they are for the 2020/21 season.

It puts paid to Newcastle Emlyn's hopes for promotion from Division One West as they sit just three points behind leaders Felinfoel with a game in hand. But at the other end of the table Crymych may regard it as a relief as they sit second to bottom.

Rugby activity remains suspended until further notice and this includes no organised training or games, use of club gym facilities, organised sessions or unsanctioned gatherings at rugby premises.

‘We are well aware of the colossal amount of effort that goes into our game, on and off the field, across Wales,” said WRU CEO Martyn Phillips.

“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.”