Club Update – Rugby Suspended

Firstly the committee hopes everyone is still keeping well.

Further to my email on the 1st January we have now had official communication from both the RFU and D&W RFU that all rugby is suspended until further notice.

Following the Government’s national lockdown announcement to counter the steep rise in Covid-19 infections, all community rugby activity in England is suspended until further notice.

In line with current Government policy, all adult and age grade rugby training and fixtures must stop. This means we return to Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap for all players. Outdoor organised sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.

Community rugby includes all levels below the Greene King IPA Championship, the Allianz Premier 15s and Gallagher Premiership, which follow elite sport return protocols.

A reminder of online training sessions run by England Rugby for age grade players during November’s lockdown can be found below. These sessions can also help young players to stay active at home during these latest restrictions.

‘Get Your Shirt On’ is a series of workout sessions led by former England players and aimed at the 6-18 age grades. Ugo Monye, Danielle Waterman and Danny Care have taken it in turn to put viewers through their paces.

With community rugby currently at Stage A on the Return to Rugby Roadmap, it’s important for players to continue to stay active, even if it’s from home.

Week One | Ugo Monye
Session 1 – (U10s and below)
Session 2 – (U11s to U14s)
Session 3 – (U15s and above)

Week Two | Nolli Waterman
Session 1 – (U10s and below)
Session 2 – (U11s to U14s)
Session 3 – (U15s and above)

Week Three | Danny Care
Session 1 – (U10s and below)
Session 2 – (U11s to U14s)
Session 3 – (U15s and above)

Due to the additional restrictions announced to combat the spread of Covid-19, the RFU has regretfully decided to cancel both the adult male & female Cluster Fixtures (for teams that play in RFU Leagues).

The focus will now switch to the following;

• Facilitating fixtures through local organising committees as and when conditions allow a return to playing rugby, which could extend into the summer months.
• Ensuring any extension does not encroach on the 2021/22 season start date.

Any further announcements will be made following the next Government review. In the meantime, your local organising committee will be in touch with specific information for your region.

Unfortunately, due to the updated lockdown announcement the RFU have had to postpone all face-to-face training courses planned for the lockdown period. Everyone who has booked onto a course will be contacted directly to inform them that the course has been postponed.

Please all stay safe and we will continue later in the year when it is safe to do so.

Stay safe
Kieran Donnelly (Chair) and the LMRFC Committee