16 April 2024

Which sporting events have been affected following the death of the Queen?

Sporting events are being cancelled following the death of the Queen.


All Premier League and English Football League matches this weekend have been postponed as a mark of respect, and the East Riding FA has also announced that it will postpone all fixtures.

All games in the Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship and Women’s FA Cup have also been postponed this weekend.

The Scottish Football Association announced the postponement of all professional games over the course of the weekend, while all football in Northern Ireland and Wales is also off.


Cricket will resume on Saturday, including the men’s Test between England and South Africa and the women’s T20 between England and India.

Play between England and South Africa at the Oval, along with all scheduled matches in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, did not take place on Friday.

Rugby Union

Both games in the opening round of Gallagher Premiership fixtures on Friday night have been postponed until the weekend, while all senior rugby union scheduled in Wales this weekend will not take place.

The west country derby between Bristol and Bath at Ashton Gate, plus Sale’s home clash with Northampton, have been rearranged, with the former now taking place on Saturday and the latter on Sunday.

Premiership Rugby confirmed that four matches scheduled for the weekend will go ahead as planned. Champions Leicester’s trip to Exeter, London Irish versus Worcester and Newcastle against Harlequins will take place on Saturday, along with Gloucester hosting Wasps on Sunday.

On Thursday Northampton’s Premiership Rugby Cup clash against Saracens was postponed.

The Scottish Rugby Union postponed all domestic competitive games this weekend as a mark of respect and the women’s summer Test international between Scotland and Spain on Sunday is also off.

Rugby League

The RFL postponed Friday’s Betfred Championship fixture between Sheffield Eagles and Dewsbury Rams, but all other matches over the weekend will go ahead. The Super League play-offs will start, with Catalans Dragons hosting Leeds on Friday night and Huddersfield playing Salford at home on Saturday.


Play was suspended for the day at the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday and there was no play on Friday.

Formula 1

Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix will go ahead as scheduled with a minute’s silence planned before practice on Friday and another expected before the race.

Horse racing

The final day of the Cazoo St Leger Festival at Doncaster on Saturday was switched to Sunday.

Racing at Southwell and Chelmsford on Thursday evening was abandoned. The BHA also announced the meetings scheduled for Friday – including the third day of the St Leger meeting at Doncaster – were cancelled.


Both the Great North Run and Parkrun events will continue this weekend as scheduled. Organisers cancelled the Great North Run’s 5k sister event on Friday but Sunday’s half marathon will go ahead.


Friday’s Tour of Britain stage was promptly cancelled and later on Thursday evening the rest of the tour, which was set to finish on the Isle of Wight on Sunday, was called off entirely.


The women’s world middleweight title fight between Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields has been postponed.