Return To Rugby Roadmap: Stage D

Stage D! Stage D! Stage D!

Get your boots ordered. We'll be back playing in no time.


Great news this week that clubs will now be able to start restricted contact rugby training and organise inter-club non-contact fixtures! 


The RFU have stated that "The reinstatement of some contact activity is important to ensure players can continue to practice core skills and are able to start preparing and conditioning themselves appropriately as the game starts to return to normality with regular training and matches."

What does this mean for my rugby club?

In Stage D a maximum 15 minutes (total duration) of adapted contact activities within a single training session is permitted.


In the remainder of the training session, players are permitted to undertake socially distanced strength and conditioning activities, small group non-contact skill development practice and/or Touch/Ready4Rugby games (the only other permitted game training activity).


Coaches and session organisers should apply the following key mitigations to reduce exposure risk amongst players.


No scrum, maul, opposed lineout or upright tackle training activities are permitted.


• A maximum 15 minute total duration of any of the adapted contact activities within a single training session.


• Restrict team play activities to the approved Touch and Ready4Rugby formats, with a maximum of 20 players per half pitch.


• Players placed in groups of a maximum of 6 for adapted contact and non-contact skill development activities. Groups should be selected appropriately based on a player’s age, size and competence.


• During a session players should avoid face to face exposure of more than 3 seconds and more than 15 minutes of exposure at less than 1 metre with another player.


• Coaches and players should remain social distanced during breaks.


• Coaches should remain socially distanced when giving players instruction, observing and giving feedback.


• Ensure all players clean and sanitise after the contact skills training.


• Team huddles should be avoided. Spitting and chewing gum should also be avoided.


• Ensure there is appropriate first aid cover for a contact session


Click here to download the full guide from the RFU.