remiership Rugby has confirmed that England’s top-flight will take a two-week break after European competitions were temporarily suspended by EPCR on Monday.
That forced the tournament organisers of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup, EPCR, to act and they have temporarily suspended the competition.
It means the final round of pool matches, that were due to take place this weekend and next, must be postponed and played at a later date.
That has left a gap in the rugby calendar and English clubs could have carried on playing domestic matches instead.
Sides in France have taken that decision, but the Premiership will have a two-week, mid-season break, instead.
Premiership Rugby Chief Executive, Darren Childs said: “The welfare of everyone involved in Premiership Rugby is crucial to us and this break in the season gives us the chance to hand some much-needed rest to our hard-working players, management, staff and match officials.
“The Gallagher Premiership Rugby season will return – as scheduled – on Friday 29 January when Bristol Bears host Bath Rugby live on BT Sport.”