Return to Non-Contact Rugby – ROADMAP DETAILS (update 05/06/20)


(*IRFU are allowing up to groups of 15, including trainer and coaches, may return to non-contact outdoor training activity(but not matches) while maintaining social distancing at all times.)

While a great degree of uncertainly still exists, we are continuing to follow RFU and Government guidelines. We are focused on what is sensible and right for non-contact rugby like touch and tag.

Aligning with RFU’s road map is dependent on how Covid-19 pandemic develops and government advice. It is all possible, should socially distancing measures be strengthened at any time, that they reassess the situation and regress.

ROAD MAP (RFU’s Benchmark)

The road map consists of six stages. It may be necessary to remain in any one stage for a sustained period. With any luck we may be able to jump a stage adhering to RFU’s implementations.

  1. Individual training with one other person
  2. Individual training in small groups
  3. Larger group training with limited face-to-face or close contact
  4. Whole team training with increased face-to-face or close contact
  5. Whole team training in preparation to play matches
  6. Return to matches against other teams

We moved to stage A on May 13th when it became permissible for rugby club pitches to be opened and for 2 individuals to meet, while remaining 2m apart, and engage in individual fitness-based training. Most recent government announcement on May 28th made it possible, from June 1st, to move to stage B. Here 6 individuals from different households may now meet up and engage in individual training, applying social distancing rules (2m minimum apart). Most importantly equipment can be shared 😉 but to a safe level emphasising the need for hygiene before, during and after practice.

It is possible that the RFU may remain at stage B for a while, with potential for a gradual enlargement of groups. (constant monitoring)

Regarding stage C, it is likely to see larger groups able to train together and may involve more interactive activity other than simply fitness and conditioning work.

A move to stage D is likely to be set off by a more significant relaxation of social distancing measures and when the risk element of typical non-contact rugby training involves close face-to-face contact.

Stage E allows for preparation for the restart to play and matches.

Stage F allows for a return to matches between players from different clubs. (Not fully but with possible variations)

NB – For the time being practice sessions may be subject to a Corona Virus self-declaration.




Read more relative stuff…

Draft Covid Operation HERE

Seven Ways For a Successful Return To Sport HERE

Rugby In Isolation HERE

Read our latest article about ACL injury HERE

*Irish Government Are Allowing Up To Groups of 15, including trainer and coaches, may return to non-contact outdoor training activity(but not matches) while maintaining social distancing at all times.

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