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Return to Rugby March 2021

10th March 2021
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Update from England Rugby.

We are pleased to be able to publish our provisional plan for a phased return to full contact rugby. It’s wonderful to see light at the end of the tunnel and we are as delighted as clubs and players across the country that they will soon be able to resume training and, subject to each step on government’s roadmap being achieved, progress towards contact fixtures and an exciting season of rugby for 2021/22 from September. 

Please note the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap has been revised to follow steps on the government roadmap. Please therefore disregard previous versions and only share the new ‘green for go’ roadmap below. We have removed Stages B and C as they are no longer currently relevant due to changes in government restrictions. 

Over the next couple of weeks, we will provide stage-by-stage guidance on our Return to Rugby page which will include all the information you’ll need for a gradual return to contact rugby. Guidance will include equipment that can be used at each stage and videos with our coach development team. While we are all incredibly excited about getting back out on the pitch, we should also be conscious of the need to build-up gradually after a long lay-off. 

The focus for all activity over the next three months should be on player retention and player safety. Until Monday 29 March, unless you are an age grade player taking part in organised school or college rugby activity, we remain at Stage A on the Return to Rugby Roadmap. 

This means individuals are only allowed to exercise alone or with one other from another household.

Video Explainer

Video explaining our planned return to rugby RFU Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger talks through the planned timeline and stages of progression.

References to contact rugby includes 15s, 10s and 7s. Over the next couple of weeks, RFU Head of Game Development, John Lawn, and Coaching Development Manager, Phil Kearns, will provide advice and guidance that can be used to re-engage players and develop their skills and fitness over the coming months, ahead of an anticipated full season in 2021/22.

Click here to view video

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