Coronavirus: RFU beginning to make plans for players to resume training

The Rugby Football Union says they will ‘consider plans’ for players in the Gallagher Premiership to begin individual training sessions with social distancing in place.

But the RFU say there is still ‘significant work to do’ before such a return can be sanctioned.

The RFU statement was issued on Wednesday after a government document was released which featured guidance designed to allow each sport to make a risk assessment on when it is safe for training to resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The RFU said: “The announcement today from DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport), that elite sports can restart is welcome and enables us to consider plans for a return to individual training with social distancing in selected performance training facilities across Premiership Rugby.

“While much has been done in recent weeks to establish protocols around a safe return to training and ultimately competition, there is still significant work to do and discussions to be had with players and staff before any form of training can resume.

“Their welfare will be at the heart of our decisions.

“This announcement relates only to the restarting of individual training with social distancing in Premiership Rugby.

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