No full-contact community rugby league until at least September

The Government has announced plans focused on the restart of team sports, but there will be no full-contact community rugby league until September at the earliest.

A phased approach to contact is being planned, through the RFL’s detailed Action Plan, which is due to be signed off by the governing body, in conjunction with Sport England and the Government, by the end of July.

If approved, there can be a return of non and limited contact rugby league in August. The phased over several months return plan has already been shared with community clubs and leagues.

The action plan outlines a return of full-contact community rugby league no earlier than September, subject to the full range of approvals from the Government in line with the various requirements and risk assessments related to the sport returning.

Marc Lovering, Director Participation and Development; “The announcement was entirely as expected and the implications for Rugby League had already been briefed in the series of community game webinars in recent weeks. As per all Government announcements, further detail will follow, and we will share that with all clubs and volunteers who are working hard on what is a phased return for our sport.”

Indoor facilities including gyms may reopen from 25 July subject to comprehensive range of hygiene protocols, social distancing, and other mitigations.

Community club activity at this time remains socially outdoor activity in groups of six.

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