There will be lots of happy faces at the club tonight as children from the junior section start training once again after lockdown. The RFU's announcement will see them able to play something akin to the normal game, with tackling but without rucks and mauls. The clubhouse remains shut at present while the Covid-19 Committee at the club get their heads round what is allowed and what isn't.
This is part of the message put out by the RFU, with more to follow:
Following Government’s announcement last week that outdoor team sport can resume from Wednesday 2 December, we are delighted to confirm that Government has today approved the RFU’s submission to return to 15-a-side contact rugby, with some adaptations.
Further detail on these adaptations and associated laws will follow tomorrow. However, they are briefly summarised below:
• There will be no scrums or mauls in the game
• Where the game would restart with a scrum, this will be replaced with a free kick
• A minimum of five and a maximum of seven players from each team are required to form a lineout
What does this mean clubs can now do?
• Clubs can resume adapted training for 15-a-side contact rugby again from this Wednesday. Further detail to follow tomorrow.
• Clubs can resume friendly fixtures from Friday 18 December - this is to allow players to prepare properly and safely, having not been training over the past month.
• Clubs can still play R4R. There is no obligation to play adapted 15-a-side contact fixtures.
Further detail to follow from RFU.
Further Government guidance is expected today you the RFU on travel, changing, spectators and clubhouses.
RFU will be working overnight to interpret this information and will provide a detailed briefing tomorrow on the Coronavirus Hub and Club Support Centre, together with more information about adaptations to the game.
The Club will be open for training from Wednesday 2nd December, but the club house will remain closed until further notice.