THE RFU has announced it will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level.

Rugby activity includes club training, league and cup matches, plus rugby education courses, from Tuesday, until April 14, subject to continued review.

The RFU said the decision had been taken following Government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community.  

A statement read: "Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following Government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

"The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks."