RUGBY enthusiasts in Wales are wondering if the Welsh Rugby Union is preparing to follow their English counterparts the Rugby Football Union by suspending the 2020-2021 community rugby season.

Following the recent fire-break, clubs have resumed training, albeit in a limited fashion, but it is generally felt that there will be no competitive rugby for several months, inevitably resulting in the season failing to get off the ground.

The situation has been a setback for Newcastle Emlyn who were denied possible promotion back to the Championship through last season being declared null and void.

When all rugby activity was brought to a halt in March leaders Llangennech, Emlyn and Felinfoel were involved in a three-way fight for the League One West title.

Llan were in top spot, three points ahead of the Teifisiders with Foel a further eight adrift in third but with both chasing teams having a game in hand on the pacesetters.

Enlyn had the superior record, having been beaten just once in 14 outings and running into top form at the right time were fancied to be crowned champions.

Emlyn have a crop of promising youngsters ready to compete for first-team places, but with the community game unlikely to return in the foreseeable future, and perhaps not until next season, it is hardly surprising that the club is rather concerned over the possibility of some players losing interest.

Training at Dol Wyber takes place once a week if the weather is set fine, but with so many issues now involved including the use of showers it is far from a satisfactory situation.

Head coach Marc Lloyd was far from optimistic about the future when he said: “I don’t see anything much happening on the playing side, and I think it is a case of hoping for the best and waiting to see what transpires.”

Crymych, who were fighting for their League One West lives when the action ended prematurely, had hopes of showing a big improvement this time around.

Long-serving secretary Gordon Eynon said: “The WRU is obliged to follow Welsh Government guidelines and all clubs can do is follow the rules.”

Cardigan of League 3 West A are training once a week at King George V Playing Field, but like other clubs not holding high hopes of resuming league action.

A club official said: “There is no sign of any games taking place, but we are continuing training and if things do return to normal one of the priorities will be resurrecting the youth section.”