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Major League Rugby to pay full salaries of players after season cut short by COVID-19

Utah Warriors left wing Fetu’u Vainikolo takes the ball at 10 minutes to full time in a 2018 game against the Houston SaberCats. Major League Rugby announced that it would pay out all player contracts in full for the 2020 season, which was canceled by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Davey Wilson, Utah Warriors

Major League Rugby’s season, like every other sports league, was interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Throughout the league, teams were five games into the 2020 season when play was halted and then ultimately canceled.

Despite the shortened 2020 season, Major League Rugby announced it would pay out all player contracts in full for the season.

“When the COVID-19 crisis began, player well-being was at the center of all decision-making,” Major League Rugby commissioner George Killebrew said. “When the season was ultimately canceled to protect the players’ safety, and to allow our international players to return home to their families, the board of governors made the correct decision to pay all of our contracted athletes their full salaries.”

The three-year-old, 12-team league will resume play in 2021. The Utah Warriors were 2-2-1 when play stopped.