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RFU confirm return to adapted rugby from 2 Dec 2020

Published on Tuesday, 1 December 2020

RFU confirm return to adapted rugby from 2 Dec 2020

The Rugby Football Union have confirmed the Government has approved its submission to a return to 15-a-side contact rugby, with some adaptations. 


This follows the Government’s announcement last week that outdoor team sport can resume from Wednesday 2 December.


The RFU will be publishing further detail on the adaptations to the 15-a-side game and associated laws in due course. However, they are briefly summarised below:

 - No scrums or mauls

 - Where the game would restart with a scrum, this will be replaced with a free kick

 - A minimum of five and a maximum of seven players from each team are required to form a lineout




RFU guidance is:

  • Clubs can resume adapted training for 15-a-side contact rugby again from Wednesday 2 December. 
  • Clubs can resume friendly fixtures from Friday 18 December - this is to allow players to prepare properly and safely, having not been training over the past month.
  • Clubs can still play Ready4Rugby if they have matches coming up from 2 December to 18 December and beyond. There is no obligation to play adapted 15-a-side contact fixtures.




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