With effect from today, we return to Stage A on the Return to Rugby Roadmap. This means that no competitive or formal rugby activities can be undertaken until at least Wednesday 2 December.
While group training sessions are banned, a maximum of two players (or one player and one coach) can participate in socially distanced (two metres plus), individual training sessions in a public outside space, but not a garden, without sharing equipment
On Thursday 5 November new national restrictions came into effect to try and help curb the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).
These restrictions have a significant impact on grassroots sport and physical activity with many facilities closing and limits placed on the number of people who can take part in sport and physical activity together.
The new restrictions have many implications for sport and physical activity, but the main things to know are:
People can go outdoors to be active as many times as they like, either on their own, with their household or support bubble, or on their own with one person from another household while keeping two metres apart.
Children who are under school age if they're with a parent/carer, or people dependent on round-the-clock care, do not count towards the limit of two people from different households meeting outside.
Outdoor public places, such as parks, the countryside, beaches and public gardens can stay open, as can playgrounds.
All organised community outdoor sport is not permitted, meaning facilities including outdoor basketball and tennis courts, outdoor gyms and pools, golf courses, archery, driving and shooting ranges must also close.
Indoor sport and leisure facilities, such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery and shooting ranges, must close.
People cannot meet indoors with family or friends unless they’re part of their household or support bubble.
All children’s grassroots sport outside of school - both indoor and outdoor - must stop, but schools and nurseries will stay open and activity will be permitted within these settings during school hours, with playgrounds staying open.
Schools can work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular activities where they're satisfied it's safe to do so during school hours.
Rugby in School, Colleges & Universities
University rugby is subject to the same restrictions as our community clubs and will return to Stage A on the Return to Rugby Roadmap until Wednesday 2 December.
Schools and colleges are able to play rugby but must follow the DfE guidance for schools and further education settings. In summary, this is:
• Rugby can only be played as part of the curriculum, i.e. in PE and games lessons and as part of courses, such as BTEC Diplomas in Sport and GCSE/A-Level PE
• Activity must continue to be played to the RFU government-approved action plan, i.e. play the formats and follow off-field logistics as permitted before half term and lockdown (Ready4Rugby, O2Touch and limited contact training in approved group sizes)
• No extra-curricular rugby clubs, training and activities or inter-school/college matches are permitted.