NSW Rugby gives green light for rugby training to restart

NSW Country Rugby Union Women in action. Image: NSWCRU

Kate Thomson from Central Coast Rugby Union this week advised players that NSW Rugby had conditionally granted approval for a recommencement of club rugby training.

The notice from NSW Rugby followed the “green light” given by the Sports Minister and was conditional upon a set of hygiene-related guidelines and local council restrictions on access to sporting grounds and amenities.

More specifically, players can only train in groups of up to ten players and maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres – in other words, no tackling, line-outs, rucks or mauls at this stage.

It is recommended that no more than six groups of 10 players are on a sporting field at the same time.

Thomson said it was recommended that clubs keep the same groups of 10 during this Stage B return so that if someone does test positive for Covid-19, only 10 people are taken out, not a whole Club.

The CCRU Board have previously advised that they will do everything they can to hold a 2020 competition, with the shape and competition to be devised to ensure a fair and equitable competition for all.

Reporter: Ross Barry