CLUBS should find out on Wednesday night if the 31st October restart date for competitive club rugby is still on the table, but it is now almost a foregone conclusion that there will be a postponement, with a January target looking like the most likely scenario.
This is an outcome of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announcing on Thursday that the Scottish Government has delayed Phase 4 of easing the COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland until 15th October at the earliest, which meant Scottish Rugby has had to delay the implementation of Stage 5 of its Return to Rugby roadmap.
Scottish Rugby’s Rugby Development department met to discuss the matter earlier today [Friday] and will give recommendations to the Scottish Rugby Council on Monday, when it is anticipated that they will agree to postponing the 31st October target date. The Board will then be consulted on the new timeframe, before an update with an indicative season start date is communicated to clubs via a webinar at 7pm on Wednesday 7th October. This will apply to all domestic rugby clubs in Scotland, including Super6 franchises.
The RFU in England announced last week that all league rugby below Premiership, Championship and Premier 15s level had been suspended until January. The Welsh Rugby Union is yet to announce an official return date for their club game but is understood to have adopted a similar policy.