THE RFL have confirmed that the weekend's rugby league fixtures in England will go ahead as normal after listening to the update from the Prime Minister and Chief Medical Officer.

The game's governing body has communicated with all clubs about the position for this weekend’s fixtures and beyond in the light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

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It means that Saints' game at Castleford will go ahead as normal.

A statement from the RFL read: "For supporters and those involved with the community game, we recognise the situation may also be unsettling or confusing, with a number of high-profile international sporting competitions and fixtures involving British clubs being affected.

"The Prime Minister and the Chief Medical Officer have reiterated today that there is no medical rationale for restricting large public events such as sports fixtures – and our programme is therefore due to go ahead as planned this weekend."

The RFL and Super League have again reminded clubs of the importance of sensible hygiene for all those who attend, and especially for players to set the right example in that regard.

They added: "The situation is clearly fluid, and we recognise there is likely to be a significant impact on our competitions at some point. We have been considering contingencies, in discussions with DCMS, the clubs and other stakeholders, for some time, and that will continue.

"There are also different considerations for teams who have matches or tours scheduled abroad in the coming weeks, and we are seeking further guidance on these points.

"For the moment, we hope supporters will feel comfortable in attending matches, and backing their clubs, in challenging times for everyone."