RUGBY LEAGUE: CQ Capras' Shaun Ezzy with the ball
RUGBY LEAGUE: CQ Capras' Shaun Ezzy with the ball

Lights out on Intrust Super Cup

FOOTBALL fans have today copped another blow after Queensland Rugby League announced the cancellation of its statewide competitions.

The backflip decision comes after the league last week declared it would only postpone its competitions amid the COVID-19 crisis, with it returning when given the all clear.

Sadly, the news will bring a premature close the Intrust Super Cup, BHP Premiership, Hastings Deering Colts and Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup.

Addressing the news, QRL managing director Robert Moore said the enormity of the decision was not taken lightly and comes after the initial move to suspend competition earlier this month.

"We understand the outcome is a heartbreaking one for the rugby league community, but it's a call that simply had to be made given the current circumstances," Moore said.

Rugby league is part of the fabric of Queensland, Mr Moore said, and as such had its own responsibilities to uphold within the wider community.

"These four competitions require a significant level of travel and accommodation, both of which pose a risk to the health of our participants and possibly others."

CQ Capras coach David Faiumu said the news was a devastating blow for the club, along with Queensland's whole community of rugby league fans.

"Obviously we're all shattered, we've had to deal with a whole lot of uncertainty. All the hard work and effort which has been put in is a bit disappointing, but obviously it's out of our hands."

Players are understandably saddened, said Mr Faiumu, adding many variables will be discussed with club officials in coming days. 

"Where we move from this days onwards, we need to put some strategies in place to safe guard us all."

"I'll get around to all our players in the next few days, touch base, make sure their okay and then make sure the club is in safe hands financially, likewise with our sponsors."

While the announcement is devastating for league everyone involved, Mr Moore said the clubs were keeping their heads high and focusing on 2021's season.

"This time also gives the clubs some much-needed breathing space to concentrate on important off-field matters."

"Financial sustainability is crucial for all clubs moving forward, and we'll continue to work closely with each of them during this challenging period."

Mr Moore thanked the community for their understanding and the league's partners, adding the Australian Rugby League Commission and the National Rugby League had given their blessing.