Newcastle Rugby League has decided to postpone this weekend's All Stars event because of the global coronavirus pandemic but no decisions have been made in relation to the 2020 season.
This follows the Australian government advising against non-essential mass gatherings of more than 500 people.
"The health and safety of our community and our league is a top priority and the New South Wales Rugby League has supported our decision to postpone the All Stars," Newcastle RL chief executive Matt Harris said.
An alternative All Stars date wasn't put forward by Newcastle RL in Monday's announcement.
The annual pre-season fixture, which was scheduled for St John Oval on Saturday, may not go ahead this year.
Questions remain around the upcoming season, which is due to start on April 18.
"It is too early to ascertain how this situation will impact on the 2020 competition but ultimately, Newcastle RL will be guided by advice and directives from our governing body NSWRL," Harris said.
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