The Dubbo Kangaroos and Dubbo Rhinos won't take to the field on Saturday after the Central West Rugby Union decided to cancel the majority of its planned fixtures this weekend.
In the wake of the NSW Health imposed stay-at-home order for the Orange, Cabonne and Blayney areas issued on Tuesday evening, Central West Rugby Union made the decision that no games in the New Holland Cup, North Cup, Blowes Cup or Ferguson Cup would be played this Saturday.
The only competitions which fall under the CWRU which could see play progress are the men's and women's South West Cups, but even then clubs have been given the option of how to proceed.
CWRU chief executive officer Matt Tink said the decisions were made after a long day consulting with officials and it came after the Central West Junior Rugby Union announced it had cancelled all matches planned for this weekend.
Even though many clubs do not fall within the lockdown zone, with the paramount concern player health and safety, it was agreed this was the best way to proceed.
"I was on the phone to New South Wales Country Rugby this morning and since that time I've been liaising with all the clubs," Tink said.
"Every club has been spoken to at least once, some a few more, emails and on the phone."
Given the Blowes Cup and Ferguson Cup consists of the clubs most heavily impacted by the lockdown - the Bathurst Bulldogs, Orange Emus, Orange City, Dubbo Kangaroos, Forbes Platypi and Cowra Eagles - the decision to have no play this Saturday was seen as the fairest option.
At this stage no decision has been made on whether or not the round 13 games will be rescheduled or declared a draw.
Tink said a decision on future rounds in those two competition will be made after further consultation with clubs next week.
As for the New Holland and North Cup competitions, which involve CSU, Dubbo Rhinos, Mudgee, Parkes and the Wellington women, the path ahead is a little clearer.
This Saturday was to be the last round of the regular season before the finals, but with the top four in each of those competitions already decided and not much, if any, shuffling on the ladder expected between those who had qualified, clubs agreed to progress straight to semi-finals.
"We had the option of playing round 15, the final round, the following week and pushing everything back. That was presented to the clubs and they said 'This is us, we're done'," Tink said.
"They pretty much all agreed on that. It was pretty disappointing for Mudgee, who were going to have their final hit out at their home ground, they are going to a new place at Glen Willow. So it it was disappointing for them, but they understood it."
In the New Holland Cup first grade competition it means Parkes will host CSU in the major semi-final and Mudgee will face Dubbo Rhinos in the minor.
In the women's North Cup it will be minor premiers CSU and Narromine in the first grand final qualifier while Mudgee and Parkes will fight to avoid elimination.
At this stage those games will be played on July 31.
The Dubbo Kangaroos, who aren't able to make the Blowes Clothing Cup finals, are set to return home next weekend and take on the Cowra Eagles.
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