Rugby Restart - the phased return to Community Rugby in the UK

Rugby Restart - the phased return to Community Rugby in the UK

25 Aug 20

Latest Return to Rugby Update from around the UK


Following approval from the UK government, the RFU confirmed in August that community rugby is now able to recommence some larger group rugby activity, initially non-contact, subject to adherence with RFU guidance.

Community rugby clubs must also continue to follow government Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidelines along with any local government lockdown restrictions that may be implemented.

The return will initially be through non-contact rugby focused on Ready4Rugby, a England Rugby non-contact game, enabling two teams of up to 10 players to engage in match activity.

Return to Rugby Roadmap - Phase C
RFU Guidance document

Other Touch Rugby activity (including O2 Touch centres) is able to recommence. Touch Rugby is a shortened form of rugby, generally played by 2 teams of 6 players. More information can be found here.


On 20th August Scottish Rugby welcomed the Scottish Governments announcement that adult contact sport can return, as of 24 August.

The Scottish Rugby Threat Management Group has agreed a roadmap for the return of contact rugby for all age groups, in conjunction with the Scottish Government.

The updated Return to Rugby guidance for clubs and schools in Scotland can be viewed below.

The next step is the return to modified touch rugby for adults on the 24 August.
Mini & Youth players have been able to participate in modified touch rugby activities since 13 July.

SRU Return to Rugby - Club & School Game
Updated Stage 3 Guidance

Full SRU Return to Rugby - Club & School Game - Updated Stage 3 Guidance can be viewed here: Stage 3 Guide

Scotland Rugby return to rugby advice - phase 3


The Welsh Rugby Union recently outlined a phased, safety-first Return to Rugby plan for the community game in Wales, following Welsh Government guidance. The government guidance stated that clubs can start to organise non-contact, small group training from August 1 provided they, along with players and coaches first fulfil a set of strict safety criteria. [The Full Story can be seen here]

Below is the Welsh Rugby Union issued community game guidance, which all community clubs and players in Wales should follow.

Welsh Rugby Union issued community game guidance

The community rugby game in Wales is currently at phase 2b of the Return to Rugby Roadmap, this means the re-introduction of small group training, with the next stage being a move to contact training being introduced. The full WRU Return to Rugby Roadmap can be viewed below.

Welsh Rugby Union Return to Rugby Roadmap


Follow our rugby ball care guide to ensure you maximise the safety of your players and minimise the risk of spreading infection, created in conjunction with the World Rugby medical team.

Gilbert Rugby ball care guide - Coronavirus CoVid-19 advice

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