Return to Rugby Roadmap

Parliament has voted in favour of the Government’s national lockdown proposals aimed at curbing the increase in Covid-19 cases in England.

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December all community team sports will be suspended. This restriction applies to all club Age Grade and Adult rugby activities below Championship and Premier 15s.

Club rugby activity will return to Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap for the lockdown period. 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 can participate in socially distanced (two metres plus), individual training sessions outside without sharing equipment. 

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. 

Rugby Club Facilities

Whilst sport and leisure facilities must close during the lockdown period, clubhouses can remain open to provide take away, click and collect and food delivery services (no alcohol).  They may also be used in the following limited circumstances:

  • Education and training (including for schools to use sports and leisure facilities where that is part of their normal provision)
  • Childcare purposes and supervised activities for children, i.e.,  parent and baby sessions or play groups
  • Blood donations and food banks
  • To provide medical treatment, i.e., if being used for flu vaccines or mobile testing centres

Handling a positive coronavirus test

Following consultation with Public Health England, the RFU have produced overview guidance which explains the actions required by a club following a positive COVID-19 test. There is also extended guidance available for clubs who have a confirmed COVID-19 test case.

Back to Stage A of the roadmap!

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