The RFU has suspended all community rugby activity until further notice following the government’s new national lockdown.

This means a return to Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap for all players. Outdoor organised sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.

Read the full Government advice on what is and isn’t allowed during the national lockdown. The new restrictions become law on Wednesday 6 January, but people should follow them as of now.

The new guidance states that indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed. Outdoor sports venues, including rugby clubs, outdoor gyms, tennis courts, golf courses, swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting arenas and riding arenas must also close.

In regards to the proposed NCA Cup competition, regional meetings will take place week commencing January 18th and further updates will be provided following those discussions.

“While this is not the way we hoped to start 2021, we all need to play our part and strictly adhere to Government guidance over the next few weeks to protect our communities and to enable the vaccine to be as effective as possible, so we can all begin to return to a more normal way of life in the coming months,” said rugby development director Steve Grainger.

“We would like to thank you all once again for your commitment and resilience in the face of adversity.

“We appreciate the support you have provided for your rugby communities and thank you for your understanding during the toughest of times, for the sport and society as a whole.

“We will continue to monitor guidance and to progress negotiations with government to finalise plans for release of financial support from the Winter Sport Survival Package.”

If you have any queries, please visit the England Rugby coronavirus support hub or contact