(AFP) - The Champions Cup and assignment Cup semi-finals and finals had been postponed because of the coronavirus, eu rugby chiefs introduced on Tuesday.

The finals of the two competitions have been due to had been played on the weekend of may 22/23 inside the French metropolis of Marseille.

The area-finals had already been postponed.

event organisers european professional membership Rugby said it became working with leagues and unions to restructure the realization to the season.

"EPCR remains dedicated to finishing the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup and venture Cup season," it stated in a declaration.

"And it's miles deliberate to reschedule the quarter-final and semi-final matches, as well as the Marseille finals, consistent with furniture within the expert league competitions, issue to recommendation from government and nearby authorities."

domestic competitions throughout Europe, which has become the epicentre of the virus, have already been placed on preserve.