Our four rugby union clubs in the area have all been affected by the coronavirus with the news that the RFU have suspended activity at all levels of the game until April 14.

It means Hawcoat Park, Furness, Millom and Windermere have been left with no idea whether the 2019/20 season will be completed and with players often crossing codes to play rugby league during the summer, that would drain availability should the campaign eventually resume.

The RFU made their decision on Monday following government advice warning against mass gatherings.

A statement said: "The decision has been taken in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community.

"Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

"The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks."

Barrow-based Hawcoat Park have been the best performers in Cumbria Division One this season and sit sixth in the table.

Windermere are second-from-bottom, while Millom and Furness have both struggled to cobble teams together and are ninth and tenth, respectively.