The Tabcorp Brumbies 2020 Buildcorp Super W season has been finalised as of today, after Rugby Australia announced the competition would not be completed, confirming the NSW Waratahs Women as champions.
Due to the ongoing public health emergency of COVID-19, Rugby AU, the State and Territory Unions, and Rugby Australia Chief Medical Officer, Warren McDonald agreed that the season could not be completed in the near future and have collectively made the decision to conclude the season with immediate effect to provide certainty for teams, athletes and staff.
The Brumbies were due to take on the Queensland Reds W for a place in the Grand-Final having finished third in the regular season but will now look forward to coming back strong in 2021.
Tabcorp Brumbies Coach Adam Butt said: “Whilst it’s disappointing for us that our season ends today, we understand that this is bigger than rugby.”
“We were really excited about the challenge against the Reds, having made a lot of improvements this year but we fully support the decision Rugby Australia have made.
“Congratulationsto the Waratahs, they were the best team again this year and are worthy champions."We will be back bigger and better next year.”
The Finals matches were originally postponed until late May, before today’s decision to formally conclude the season at the end of the home-and-away section which saw NSW take top spot with 19 competition points, four points ahead of second-placed Queensland (15 points) with the Tabcorp Brumbies on nine points.
Rugby Australia Director of Rugby, Scott Johnson said: “Whilst it’s disappointing news for all involved, that the Buildcorp Super W Finals cannot be played, the wellbeing of players, team staff and officials has to be our number one priority at this time.
“This news, however, should not detract from what has been a fantastic Buildcorp Super W competition this year. The Rugby has been more competitive than ever and there have been plenty of old and new faces putting their hands up in the pursuit of a Buildcorp Wallaroos jersey.
“Rugby Australia would like to thank the players and staff of all five teams involved, for their contribution this season. Women’s Rugby is going from strength to strength in Australia and whilst Rugby may be paused for now, we will continue to support our women’s programs as we build towards the Olympic Games and the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand next year.
“I would also like to express my thanks to Buildcorp, Accenture and Smart Group for their continued support of the competition.”