Saffas in Japan finally get Top League clarity
23 Mar 2020
The Japan Rugby Football Union has cancelled the remainder of the Top League season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The tournament had initially been suspended for three weeks, with players - including several South Africans - left in the dark about if or when it would resume.
However, on Monday, the JRFU finally made the call to scrap the remaining 42 matches.
In a statement, organisers said they were taking the step because many players would be returning to their home countries, several of which had urged the return of their citizens.
By Monday morning, Japan had 1,101 cases of the virus, with 41 deaths.