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Diss Rugby Club chairman pleased with 2019/20 performance

Diss chairman Andy Jermy believes the Rugby Football Union had ‘very little choice’ but to work out final league tables for the 2019/20 season.

Late last month the governing body announced the campaign was over due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the only decision left to make being whether to go down the null and void route or to end on a points-per-game basis.

And last Friday it was announced a best playing record formula would be used to determine finishing positions – a decision that saw Diss move up a place to fifth in the London 2 North East standings with a return of 65.48 points.

29/02/2020. Roydon, UK. ..Rugby match between Diss and Stowmarket cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch. ..Photo by Mark Bullimore. (33118348)
29/02/2020. Roydon, UK. ..Rugby match between Diss and Stowmarket cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch. ..Photo by Mark Bullimore. (33118348)

A statement from the RFU explained: “Following the early end of the rugby season in England as a result of COVID-19, The Rugby Football Union has announced the final league positions.

“Proposals from the RFU governance committee to conclude the season for those leagues at both professional and community level were yesterday ratified by the RFU Council.

“It was agreed that final standings for the Greene King IPA Championship and men’s and women’s community game would be calculated on a best playing record formula maintaining promotion and relegation for those leagues.”

Speaking after the verdict, Jermy said: “The RFU had very little choice.

“It is good to have a decision made and now everyone knows where they stand.

“In an ideal world we would have held on to complete the season, but at this level it isn’t doable.

“It would have been great to have played the remaining games, but it is best for all concerned to park this season and come back next year ready to go.”

For Diss, a fifth-placed finish represents some much-needed positivity after the previous two seasons at a higher level, during which time the Blues picked up just seven victories.

“I am very happy with how the season went,” added Jermy.

“With Nick Greenhall and the coaching team we have in place, we have the right people in place to take us forward.

“It may still take another season or two for it all to gel together, but I have every confidence that we are heading in the right direction.

“As soon as we are able to, we will get pre-season training started.

“The lads are all doing their own fitness things and we are keen to keep them together.”

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