SCOTLAND’S domestic clubs and school teams can move to Stage 4 of the Scottish Rugby Return to Rugby Roadmap as of Monday, with the full blessing of the the Scottish Government.
This means that modified full-contact activities and small sided games (with specified restrictions) can resume for all age groups (excluding P1-3 age groups), allowing players to start preparing and conditioning themselves appropriately for the return to normality represented by a 31st October target date for competitive games.
The specific training conditions will allow the return of one-on-one tackling, one-on-one scrums, modified line-outs and rucks. Mauls and full scrums are still not permissible as the transmission exposure risk, due to prolonged face to face contact, remains high.
Rugby, alongside other outdoor contact sports, is exempt from the new restrictions outlined by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday regarding indoor and outdoor social gatherings, which permits only six people from up to two households to meet at any one time.
To support the preparation for a return to competitive rugby, indicative dates for future Return to Rugby stages have been announced (click here), with the return to full contact activities (Stage 5) scheduled to commence from 5th October 2020, and non-competitive match play (friendlies) permitted as of 19th October (further details, including restrictions, to be released soon), ahead of that indicative date for the return of competitive rugby on 31st October.
All indicative dates are subject to approval and guidance from The Scottish Government.