Covid postponement waiver for club rugby extended to cover this weekend

Clubs have been given the option to reschedule fixtures this weekend, penalty free

Marr versus Edinburgh Accies in the Premiership earlier this season. Image: ©Craig Watson -
Marr versus Edinburgh Accies in the Premiership earlier this season. Image: ©Craig Watson -

THE waiver introduced last week which allows clubs to postpone their matches without the risk of incurring a penalty if they are concerned about the safety implications of travelling and playing during the current spike in Covid cases has been extended to cover this coming weekend.

“Whilst training and playing rugby are still considered a low-risk activity from the guidance we have received from the Scottish Government and public health experts, we again feel that the right thing to do is give clubs the option to reschedule fixtures this weekend, penalty free,” said Gavin Scott, Director of Rugby Development.

“Although most clubs took advantage of last week’s waiver, a number of adult fixtures – including friendlies – as well as youth games, took place across the country. I know many people braved the weather and enjoyed watching fixtures in Lasswade, Inverness, Currie, Dunfermline, Dunbar, Glasgow and Dundee.

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“There remains a strong appetite to play and train across the country, and we feel it is important to try to find a balance between the benefits of getting out and enjoying our sport and our responsibilities to wider society during the current rise in Covid numbers.

“Clubs that have travel concerns may postpone their planned league fixture for this weekend and apply, to the relevant competition committee, to replace that league fixture with another league fixture that had been scheduled for later in the season, which would involve less travel. Clubs may also wish to consider playing a non-competition friendly with a local club.

“Clubs should consult with their opposition on whether to go ahead with this week’s planned fixture. The fixture may take place if both clubs agree that they wish to proceed.”

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