THE Dragons’ season is on hold after the Guinness PRO14 was suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.

League chiefs have decided to act ahead of next weekend’s round of action, which had already seen postponements of matches involving Italian sides. No end date for the suspension has been given.

Dean Ryan’s side had been set to travel to face Ulster in Belfast next Friday before a derby against the Scarlets in Llanelli.

They are then meant to be taking on Bristol at Ashton Gate in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup, with Euro bosses yet to announce if the knockout stages will be impacted.

PRO14 tournament director David Jordan said: “We have made this decision with everyone’s welfare foremost in our minds.

“With an evolving situation in the five countries that take part in Guinness PRO14 it is important to make a clear decision that is in keeping with the advice of the various governments involved.”

"The health and safety of all associated with the Dragons is our main priority," read a statement from the region.

"We understand the severity of the current situation regarding COVID-19 and we thank our supporters for their patience and understanding.

"Further updates from tournament organisers will be communicated in due course."

Governments in Ireland and Italy have already put in place limits on travel and public activities but the Wales versus Scotland clash in the Six Nations is still set to go ahead on Saturday afternoon.

South Wales Argus:

The suspension of the PRO14 will present a logistical nightmare for tournament bosses with the dilemma of whether to reschedule games or just share the points.

The regular season is scheduled to finish on Saturday, May 30 when the Dragons host Cardiff Blues.

There are then play-offs and a final at Cardiff City Stadium on June 20.

The Dragons have enjoyed an encouraging first campaign under Ryan and sit fifth in Conference A with five wins from 13 fixtures.

They beat the Ospreys and Scarlets in Newport over the festive period and have a nine-point lead over the men from the Liberty Stadium.

Their next home PRO14 game is meant to be against Ulster at Rodney Parade on Saturday, April 11 and the following weekend they are scheduled to face the Ospreys at Principality Stadium.

The Dragons' Euro clash with Bristol is also in peril given that the Champions and Challenge Cup features fixtures played in France, Ireland and England.

"European Professional Club Rugby is fully supportive of any preventative measures that might be required in the interests of overall public health in relation to Covid-19 and will respect instructions provided by authorities," read a statement at the start of the week.