14 January 2021 / Club News

Return to Community Rugby update

Latest information from the WRU


Following the latest Welsh Government update, the Tier 4 measures announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford include a suspension of all community sport in Wales from Monday 28 December. This includes every level of community rugby in Wales.

The WRU continues to work towards the phased return of community rugby in Wales and continues to work closely with the National Sport Group, established to oversee the response of sports in Wales to the current pandemic.

With this in mind, a series of recommendations have been agreed by the WRU’s Community Board and approved by the full WRU Board, to be implemented when conditions allow, in consultation with the National Sport Group.

These include:
- The re-introduction of an element of contact rugby and some form of competition with modified laws and regulations, starting with Premiership and Championship clubs. Clubs in those divisions will be contacted before this phase is sanctioned and given a six weeks’ training period before any level of competitive contact rugby is authorised. When Welsh Government guidelines allow, all other levels of the game in Wales will be able to resume touch rugby within the current guidelines and will be given six weeks’ notice before the contact rugby phase is rolled out further.

- The Welsh Rugby Union is still very confident that some form of competitive community rugby will take place in Wales before the end of the current season, and has decided to extend the current season beyond May 2021 to ensure every effort is made to allow this to happen.

- However, the decision has been reached that National League rugby will not take place this season. This covers all male and female senior and youth WRU National Leagues and as a result there will be no promotion or relegation this season; current league status will be carried into next season.

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