ollowing the publication of the National Mourning Guidance, and consultation with Government, other sports and Rugby League stakeholders including clubs and broadcasters, Super League can confirm that the Betfred Super League Eliminator between Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils will be played as scheduled on Saturday 10 September (kick off 1pm).
Due respect will be paid to Her Majesty before both Eliminator fixtures, with a period of silence and where possible the playing of the National Anthem – while players and match officials will be asked to wear black armbands.
The official guidelines states: “There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sporting fixtures, or close entertainment venues during the National Mourning period.
“This is at the discretion of individual organisations. As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the State Funeral. They are under no obligation to do so and this is entirely at the discretion of individual organisations.
“If sporting fixtures or events are planned for the day of the State Funeral, organisations may want to adjust the event timings so they do not clash with the timings of the funeral service and associated processions. As a mark of respect, and in keeping with the tone of National Mourning, organisers may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem at the start of events or sporting fixtures, and players may wish to wear black armbands.”
It is brilliant news for the sport given that if the game had been postponed it would have been incredibly difficult to fit the fixture in with the semi-final next weekend and then the Grand Final the week after.
Tomorrow’s game will kick-off at 1pm with both Sky Sports and Channel 4 covering the fixture between Huddersfield and Salford.