5 Aug 2020

COMMUNITY RUGBY LEAGUE COMPETITIVE ACTIVITY – STATEMENT

Yesterday (4 August) the RFL delivered a series of stakeholder webinars focused on Community Rugby League competitions. 

The RFL, in partnership with the Community Board and playing leagues, has taken a long-term approach to the fluid situation around the public health and the lock down of sports, with the aim of keeping as many options open as possible for as long as possible. 

The RFL’s Return of Community Rugby League Action Plan will receive Government sign off imminently. The phased plan outlines the return of non-contact Rugby League – including social formats like Try Tag Rugby League. This phase will be followed, when Government permit, by full contact Rugby League with modifications including the removal of scrums. 
 

The following outlines the impact on the Community Game competitions in 2020 

  • The sport was brought to an abrupt halt in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic; some parts of the Community game were playing and some yet to begin their seasons. 

 

  • The RFL anticipated that the situation about locking down and resuming sport would be fluid and complicated. The RFL did not want to arbitrarily curtail league and cup competitions too quickly – but instead wanted to work closely with leagues and clubs and respond to the situation as it unfolded. 

 

  • Sadly, regular competitions in the Community Game have been seriously impacted. 

 

  • There will be insufficient time to complete competitions once full contact Community Rugby League returns. 

 

  • The focus now is on supporting clubs with localised friendly fixtures in the Autumn.

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