As of the end of March, rugby clubs can return to contact training.
It won’t be the same as what players would be used to, as it will be carefully prepared without scrums and mauls and training sessions should not exceed 20 minutes of contact.
At the beginning of April, a detailed calendar was published outlining the route towards a return to normal fixtures, with May 31st a possible date for when full contact matches could be staged.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on rugby with the last National League fixtures taking place over 12 months ago – but it is hoped clubs will continue to rally around as light begins to emerge at the end of the tunnel.
We understand how much training sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday benefits people and that sense of togetherness is now more vital than ever.
NCA Chairman John Inverdale said: “As the chairman of the NCA, I have been as frustrated as all of you have been over the last few months especially at the height of the rugby season watching the Six Nations and watching matches that have been absolutely riveting, just wanting to get back to the club and wanting to get involved.
“Now is an opportunity to get down to your club and just give it some life again. I just hope over the next six weeks or so, and maybe we have matches in May, that life can be instilled in clubhouses and in clubs across the land again and especially across the 48 member clubs of the NCA .
“Hopefully, we can really sense we are back on a path towards ‘normality’ and come September when the league season resumes, we are up and raring to go.”
All the latest guidelines released by the RFU can be found here: https://www.englandrugby.com/participation/running-your-club/coronavirus/return-to-rugby