RFL outlines community plan

The RFL have updated fans on the situation with the community game, as the UK threat level goes down to three.

The governing body have released a four-stage plan, which will work in line with the government’s threat level.

They have confirmed they are still at Stage Two. This sees clubs engage in virtual matches, and returning to training in small groups.

The RFL will move onto Stage Three when the government threat level moves between three and two. This will see minimal contact rugby like tag, touch and X League return.

It is hoped that by July, larger team training can take place. However, social distancing will still be in place.

Finally, Stage Four will see full contact rugby league return at community level. This will happen when the threat level is between two and one.

Marc Lovering, the RFL’s Director of Participation and Development feels it could be some time before we reach that stage.

He said: “It is only at Stage 4, corresponding to the Alert Levels 2 into 1, that we could envisage the return of full contact Rugby League, possibly with rule adaptions, before the return of leagues and competitions. That remains some way off – but at least we are heading in the right direction.”

He also added an announcement about Physical Disability and Learning Disability would be coming in the next few days. They will also be hoping to gain clarification on indoor sporting facilities.

He said:“Also we shortly expect to receive further information about the use of indoor sports facilities, which is especially important for Wheelchair Rugby League as we aim to get those players back on court ahead of RLWC2021, even if they are initially restricted to fitness and skills activity.

“We will be issuing an update about Physical Disability and Learning Disability Rugby League in the coming days, given the importance of retaining a focus on these areas of the game, and ensuring that those players stay active in such challenging times.”