Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos to go ahead behind closed doors

Catalans' James Maloney.

Leeds Rhinos have welcomed the decision by the RFL Board that this Saturday’s Betfred Super League game at Catalans Dragons in Perpignan should go ahead but with the provision that it is played in accordance with the French authorities’ recommendations regarding coronavirus. 

As a club, we fully accept that this is an incredibly difficult, unprecedented situation and our sympathies are with Catalans Dragons, who have been impacted by the current ban of large crowds gathering in France. No fans of either team will be permitted to enter the stadium at Saturday’s game. 

Along with Super League and the RFL, we have been in discussions with Catalans Dragons for a number of days to find a resolution that will enable the game to be played. Leeds Rhinos will take all necessary pre-cautions, as set down by Public Health England, throughout the duration of their trip to Perpignan. The team will fly out from Leeds Bradford Airport on Friday morning to Barcelona before travelling north to Perpignan. Leeds will return home on Sunday afternoon. 

Leeds Rhinos will be contacting fans who have bought tickets direct from the club for this weekend’s game. Any Rhinos fans who have purchased tickets from the Rhinos ticket office will be entitled to a full refund for their match tickets from the Rhinos. Fans who are still travelling to Perpignan this Saturday are asked to email tickets@leedsrugby.com to let us know if you will be in Perpignan on Friday or Saturday.