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SOUTHEND SAXONS’ Director of Rugby, Josh Ward spoke after the RFU’s sensibly advised an early conclusion to the 2019/20 season due to the continued Covid-19 threat.
The London One North outfit – along with every other rugby club in the country – have played their last match for the foreseeable future and Ward called for camaraderie and calm during these worrying times.
“It’s a crazy time for everyone, but it’s a time that demands buy-in and unity and will hopefully bring the best out of people within our community,” the Saxons chief explained.
“In a time of uncertainty, one thing that is a certainty is that we are full of incredible people at Southend Rugby Club. We have under Nathan Strange’s guidance begun to ring around and home visit some of our more senior members at the club which some of our senior players have kindly supported with making those calls. I’ve said it before we are more than just a rugby club.
Ward continued: “It’s disappointing to finish the season early of course it is, but it’s the right decision by the RFU and one we support as a club. With no health there is no rugby, the health of our people is the most important thing right now and following senior government, guidance is exactly what we all need to do.
“The immediate impact is tough on the club of course, but when you have the number of people that care about your club as we do I am confident we will return positively and stably.
“Right now I wish all of our players, staff, supporters, sponsors, friends and families a safe and healthy few months ahead.”