For the first time in almost 80 years the William Sawyers Shield won't be awarded with the New England Rugby Union deciding to cancel the remainder of the 2021 season.
In a statement released late on Thursday, the zone said "in light of the regional lockdown being extended to 10 September 2021 and an uncertain future regarding the resumption of community sport, New England Rugby Union has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the 2021 season".
"This decision has been made in line with recommendations received from NSW County Rugby," the statement continued.
The minor premiers and club champions will be awarded with St Alberts clean sweeping the minor premierships.
There will though be no major premiers announced, meaning for the first time since 1947 the Sawyers Shield won't be awarded.
The perpetual trophy winners will be announced next week.
The statement continued that New England Rugby would like to thank all of the club volunteers, players and match officials "for their contributions to our game this year".
"Please stay safe during this difficult time and we hope to see you all again bigger and better in 2022!," it finished.
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