COVID-19 News: RUGBY.com.au's coverage of the pandemic

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by RUGBY.com.au staff

Rugby as we know it has been changing rapidly in recent weeks as the coronavirus pandemic takes hold.

We will be updating this page with every story on the coronavirus pandemic on RUGBY.com.au, starting from the moment Super Rugby was suspended.

MONDAY APRIL 27

YOUTH POLICY TO PAY OFF FOR AUSSIE WOMEN WITH OLYMPIC POSTPONEMENT: MANENTI

SUNDAY APRIL 26

SHUTE SHIELD PENCILS IN JULY 25 RETURN

SATURDAY APRIL 25

MARLER TO RETURN TO RUGBY WITHOUT MISSING A MATCH

FRIDAY APRIL 24

ROBERTSON REVEALS NZ SUPER RUGBY PLANS

QUEENSLAND PENCILS IN JULY COMPETITION RETURN

THURSDAY APRIL 23

RUGBY AU CEO RAELENE CASTLE RESIGNS

RETURN TO PLAY COMMITTEE WORKING TOWARDS JULY RESUMPTION

TO'OMUA VIEWS OVERSEAS OPTION AS A "JUST IN CASE" AMID CORONAVIRUS UNCERTAINTY

DECENTRALISATION WOULD BE "MASSIVE STEP BACKWARDS" FOR SEVENS: MANENTI

WEDNESDAY APRIL 22

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE FOR SUPER RUGBY IN 2021: FITZPATRICK

COOPERATION WILL HELP GAME SURVIVE: SIO

RAELENE CASTLE ONE-ON-ONE: RUGBY'S RETURN TO PLAY, PLANS FOR SEVENS GOING FORWARD

TUESDAY APRIL 21

"DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS" TO COME FOR RUGBY AUSTRALIA: CASTLE

BROADCAST TALKS TO RESUME, HOPES FOR TRANS-TASMAN COMPETITION

MONDAY APRIL 20

RUPA & RUGBY AUSTRALIA AGREE ON PAY DEAL

RUGBY MUST SHED SELF-INTEREST: HANSEN

SEASON SUSPENSION A CHANCE TO "REINVIGORATE" SUPER RUGBY: GENIA

SUNDAY APRIL 19

BEAUMOND FORESHADOWS REVISED NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP

SATURDAY APRIL 18

NO TEST RUGBY IN 2020 A "DISTINCT POSSIBILITY": BEAUMONT

CARTER FINISHES WITH KOBE AMID CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN

FRIDAY APRIL 17

PLAYER PAY DISCUSSIONS TO STRETCH INTO NEW WEEK

REBELS WILL EMERGE FROM COVID-19 A BETTER ORGANISATION: DOCHERTY

WORLD RUGBY ANNOUNCES $158 MILLION RELIEF FUND

THURSDAY APRIL 16

THORN CALLS FOR CLARITY ON FATE OF SUPER RUGBY SEASON

NEW ZEALAND RUGBY TO FREEZE HALF OF FORECAST PLAYER SPEND

PROFESSIONAL RUGBY HIATUS TO LAST BEYOND MAY

WEDNESDAY APRIL 15

HOW REBELS CHAIRMAN IS HELPING FIGHT COVID-19

MCCAFFREY WOULD WELCOME DOMESTIC COMPETITION

SCOTLAND PLAYERS TO TAKE FIVE-MONTH PAY CUT

TUESDAY APRIL 14

"GOOD PROGRESS" ON PAY TALKS, WARATAHS PAY SQUAD IN FULL

SANZAAR BOSS'S RADICAL SUGGESTION TO KEEP SUPER RUGBY, RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP ALIVE

JAPANESE DILEMMA FOR COOPER AMID NRL SPECULATION

MONDAY APRIL 13

WARATAHS SWEAT ON PAY TALKS AS CRUNCH DECISION LOOMS

SUNDAY APRIL 12

HORAN'S FIVE-POINT PLAN FOR AUSTRALIAN RUGBY

SATURDAY APRIL 11

PLAYER PAY TALKS TO CONTINUE AFTER SATURDAY MEETING

ITALIAN RUGBY BOSSES TAKE CUTS IN CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN

FRIDAY APRIL 10

WALES VETERAN VOLUNTEERS WITH FRONTLINE WORKERS

THURSDAY APRIL 9

RUPA AND RUGBY AUSTRALIA TALKS TO CONTINUE OVER EASTER WEEKEND

ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY

WELSH PLAYERS TAKE 25 PER CENT PAY CUT

TUESDAY APRIL 7

CRUSADERS STAR MO'UNGA SAYS LOCKDOWN BREACH JUST A "COINCIDENCE"

GLOBAL RAPID RUGBY SEASON CANCELLED

MONDAY APRIL 6

RUGBY AU REITERATE COMMITMENT TO WOMEN'S GAME

THE STORY OF HARRY POTTER AND THE 'GET LARGE GARAGE'

FIJI RUGBY STAFF TAKE LEAVE, PAY CUTS AMID PANDEMIC

SUNDAY APRIL 5

PLAYER PAY TALKS TO CONTINUE AFTER "POSITIVE AND ROBUST" DISCUSSION

GENIA CALLS FOR UNITY IN CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

SATURDAY APRIL 4

RUPA & RUGBY AU TO MEET ON SUNDAY

FRIDAY APRIL 3

SUPER W FINALS CANCELLED, WARATAHS NAMED CHAMPIONS

PLAYERS STILL WAITING ON FINANCIAL INFORMATION

COMMUNITY RUGBY POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE

RYAN TO DEPART REDS AMID CORONAVIRUS COST-CUTTING

CALL ON JULY TESTS TO BE MADE IN APRIL: LAPORTE

THURSDAY APRIL 2

HAYLETT-PETTY RETURNS TO PERTH AMID CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN

WEDNESDAY APRIL 1

QRU OPT AGAINST STAND DOWNS AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

NZ RUGBY ANNOUNCE PAY CUTS, EMERGENCY GRANTS FOR SUPER RUGBY TEAMS

RENNIE, SCOTLAND COACHES AGREE TO PAY DEFERRAL

PLAYERS HAVE "ENOUGH INFORMATION" TO BEGIN TALKS: CASTLE

TUESDAY MARCH 31

NEW TOKYO OLYMPICS DATES REVEALED

USA RUGBY FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

MONDAY MARCH 30

CASTLE, RUGBY AU EXECUTIVE TAKE PAY CUTS

"THINK TANK" TO BE ESTABLISHED FOR SUPER RUGBY, JULY TESTS UNLIKELY

SUNDAY MARCH 29

RUPA ACCUSE RUGBY AUSTRALIA OF 'INFORMATION VACUUM'

SATURDAY MARCH 28

ALL BLACKS COACH CONCEDES JULY TESTS IN DOUBT

ITALIAN RUGBY BOSSES SCRAP FULL 2019-20 SEASON DUE TO ONGOING CRISIS

THURSDAY MARCH 26

RFU PLANNING FOR $99 MILLION LOSS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

WEDNESDAY MARCH 25

WORLD RUGBY PLANNING FOR EVERY SCENARIO ON JULY TESTS

TUESDAY MARCH 24

AUSSIE SEVENS CONFIDENT OF KEEPING SQUADS STABLE FOR POSTPONED OLYMPICS

OLYMPICS POSTPONED, AUSSIE SEVENS WON'T NEED TO RE-QUALIFY

MONDAY MARCH 23

Ballymore will be very quiet in the coming weeks. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley

AUSSIE SEVENS STOOD DOWN ON ANNUAL LEAVE AFTER OLYMPIC UPDATE

AOC ADVISES ATHLETES TO PREPARE FOR 2021 OLYMPICS

CORONAVIRUS AROUND THE RUGBY WORLD: ALL THE LATEST INTERNATIONAL NEWS

HOW YOUR TEAM IS TRAINING AMID THE PANDEMIC

NZR SUSPENDS ALL RUGBY FOR "FORESEEABLE FUTURE"

PLANS FOR DOMESTIC COMPETITION ON HOLD

SATURDAY MARCH 21

WORLD RUGBY U20S CANCELLED, WORLD SERIES EVENTS POSTPONED

FRIDAY MARCH 20

RUGBY AU ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR DOMESTIC COMPETITION

THURSDAY MARCH 19

AUSSIE WOMEN'S SEVENS READY FOR ANYTHING AS OLYMPICS IN DOUBT

EVENT ATTENDEES URGED TO SELF-ISOLATE AFTER POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST

AOC BACKS IOC COMMITMENT TO STAGING GAMES

WEDNESDAY MARCH 18

SEVENS PAIR CLEARED OF COVID-19

"BUSINESS AS USUAL" FOR BRUMBIES

IOC "FULLY COMMITTED" TO STAGING OLYMPIC GAMES

TUESDAY MARCH 17

SUPER W FINALS POSTPONED

BROADCASTER TALKS PAUSED AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

MONDAY MARCH 16

COMMUNITY AND CLUB RUGBY HALTED UNTIL MAY 

SUNDAY MARCH 15

RUGBY AU HEAD OFFICE LOCKED DOWN AFTER SEVENS DUO TESTED FOR COVID-19

SUPER RUGBY SUSPENDED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS