15-a-side rugby returns

After 7 long months we're excited by the news that the Government has approved a return to contact rugby, with some adaptations.

What can my club do now?

  • Clubs can resume adapted training for 15-a-side contact rugby again from Wednesday 2 December. 


  • Clubs can resume friendly fixtures from Friday 18 December - this is to allow players to prepare properly and safely, having not been training over the past month.


  • Clubs can still play Ready4Rugby if they have matches coming up from 2 December to 18 December and beyond. There is no obligation to play adapted 15-a-side contact fixtures.


Further detail on the adaptations to the 15-a-side game and associated laws will follow. However, they are briefly summarised below


  • No scrums or mauls


  • Where the game would restart with a scrum, this will be replaced with a free kick


  • A minimum of five and a maximum of seven players from each team are required to form a lineout