The RFU has confirmed the 2020/21 season will not start in September as originally scheduled.
Restrictions due to Covid-19 remain in place which means the National 2 North campaign will be delayed.
The RFU explained in a statement that unless there is a ‘drastic improvement in the prevalence of the virus in the community’, then the season will remain on hold.
The statement read:
The Rugby Football Union have confirmed the 2020/21 National League season will not begin next month.
In their recent announcements, the RFU have said we will still remain at Stage B of their Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. It means the only activity permitted is socially distanced non-contact activity in maximum group sizes of six.
This means no scrum training, tackle training or any other form of contact rugby and also means that touch and tag activity is not permitted.
The RFU stated in their Community Game Update: “We have to reach Stage F (which will not be reached until at least four weeks after Stage E) before full contact competitive league rugby can commence. As a result of the current position, the adult league season (Level 3 & below for men, Level 2 & below for women) will not commence in September.
“Unless there is a dramatic improvement in the prevalence of the virus in the community, the next announcement about when league rugby will commence for these levels will be on 1 September. The fixtures previously published will be amended at the earliest opportunity and this will be communicated to clubs.”