The Siam Cup will be played twice next year after the Channel Islands' top rugby clubs agreed on how to deal with the postponement of the 2020 fixture due to coronavirus.

Both Guernsey Raiders, who were set to host next month's clashes, and Jersey Reds will each stage standalone events in May 2021, with all four matches that make up the day to be played twice in the space of a few weeks.

Guernsey will host the much-delayed 2020 edition first up, marking the centenary of the maiden presentation of the Siam Cup itself, with Jersey putting on the 2021 contest at St Peter later in the month.

With the Raiders being promoted to National 2 South and set to play 30 matches and with Jersey Reds busy Championship playing calendar, it means there are few bye weekends where we could rearrange this fixture. Given the uncertainties surrounding the start date for next season, we have opted for the certainty of a double-header in May 2021.

Charles McHugh, Chairman, Guernsey Radiers

It means neither club will miss out on lucrative hosting duties because of the pandemic, with Siam Cup days in both islands attracting huge support.

The Siam Cup is hugely significant for both clubs. As well as its long history, it provides vital revenue for us both, which will be especially important as we look to recover from the impact of coronavirus. We’re very pleased to have reached this agreement with Guernsey and that Santander International will be sponsoring both events once again.

Mark Morgan, Chairman, Jersey Reds
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