Rugby season cancelled for CI sides but Reds remain on course for January start

311020 - Guernsey Raiders v Rochford Hundred - Credit: Martin Gray/Guernsey Sport Photography
Guernsey Raiders had been looking forward to their second season in National Two after bouncing straight back from London & South East Premier last season. Credit: Martin Gray/Guernsey Sport Photography

Guernsey Raiders are among five Channel Island rugby sides who will play no league rugby this season after the RFU confirmed the cancellation of the 2020/21 campaign at community level.

Guernsey's St Jacques Vikings, Guernsey Raiders Ladies, Jersey Reds Athletic, and Jersey Reds Women have also seen their seasons scrapped.

The RFU said, even if a return to full contact rugby becomes possible, playing meaningful competitions below level three of the men's pyramid and level two for women is no longer feasible.

However, Jersey Reds - the islands' only professional club - could be set to return to action in the New Year with the Championship "on course" to start in January 2021, subject to elite return to play protocols.