Return of full contact training delayed for National League clubs
Despite the Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) best efforts to secure approval, the government has not given permission for scrums and mauls to be re-instated at our level next week.
It means all National League Rugby clubs – as well as those teams below our divisions – will remain at Stage D2 on the RFU’s Rugby Roadmap which states contact training (excluding scrums and mauls) and 15-a-side adapted laws matches may continue.
After a number of our teams returned to action last weekend, this is a frustrating setback but the RFU and the NCA understands the issue that government and Public Health England (PHE) face with growing concerns around the Indian variant of Covid-19 in England.
For now, the RFU remains in close contact with government and continues to press for progression to Stage E1, and therefore a move to full contact training, as soon as health guidance suggests this is possible.
In the meantime it is important that all; CBs, clubs, coaches, players, match officials and volunteers, adhere to all government guidance and do not return to scrums or mauls until we have been given permission to do so.
Off-field guidance, which will come into effect on Monday 17 May, is available via this Helpdesk.