Return to Community Rugby - RFU guidance
***Please click here for latest giudance as the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap moves from Stage B to C ***
Timescales to allow progression between stages will be carefully managed and will be determined by medical and government advice. Regular updates will be issued by the RFU, along with detailed guidance, as each progression takes place.
At the moment you cannot progress past Stage B.
CURRENT AGE GRADE ACTIVITIES
When considering age grade activities RFU Regulation 15, the Age Grade Codes of Practice and RFU Safeguarding Policy and Regulationy always apply. This means that during the present "out of season" period all age grade players can undertake non-contact training, but they must choose to do so. In other words, they cannot be pressurised into do so, it must be their choice. Please also read the RFU Guide to Out Of Season Activities. In addition, the training must be in line with the RFU's latest Covid-19 guidance as set out above.
RE-OPENING OF CLUB FACILITIES
As restrictions across the country begin to ease the RFU has produced resources for the re-opening of clubhouses and facilities; those resources, including risk assessments and checklists, can be found here.
For next season (2020/21) the RFU has produced competition models, which are based on three potential start windows depending on when it becomes safe to return to play (ie at Stage F on the RFU's Return to Roadmap). The models vary according to league size and offer flexibility to manage any potential Covid-19 interruptions, with the season able to be extended to the end of May if it helps support delivery of a meaningful competition. To further support clubs with flexibility, league rugby will be prioritised over Cup and County Championships.
To best manage the uncertainties around a start date, leagues will be split into conferences from the start of the season (ie a 14 team league will be split into 2 groups of 7 teams, and a 10 team league into 2 groups of 6 teams). In most cases the conferences will be organised geographically to keep travel down to a minimum in the early part of the season, which could also present the opportunity for more revenue generating derby/local fixtures and support player availability.
Infographics detailing the return to rugby for the adult game have been created to help explain the models:
- Details on the competition structure for men at levels three and four can be found here.
- Details on the competition structure for men at levels five and lower as well as the women's game, can be found here.
- A full list of FAQs around the return to the adult game can be found here.
It is expected that indicative fixture lists will be issued in the week commencing 13 Jul 20. However, these will only be indicative and dependent on when contact rugby is allowed to return.
RETURN TO AGE GRADE COMPETITIVE PLAYING
- An infographic detailing the competition structure for Age Grade Rugby can be found here.
- A list of full recommendations for the restart of Age Grade can be found here.
- A list of FAQs around the return to age grade rugby can be found here.