long-awaited return of Rugby League’s community game is set to be
approved this week. Government sign-off on the RFL’s Return of Community
Rugby League Action Plan is imminent. The phased plan outlines the
return of non-contact Rugby League – including social formats such as
Touch and Try Tag Rugby League.
This phase will be followed, subject to a review led
the RFL’s Clinical Advisory Group at the end of August, by a phased
return to full contact Rugby League.
Marc Lovering, RFL Director of Participation and
“This is a major step forward for the community game
and we were able to share the news with community game stakeholders
first hand yesterday (Tuesday 4 August) via a series of webinars focused
on Community Rugby League.
“When our entire sport was brought to an abrupt halt
in March, some parts of the community game were playing and some were
yet to begin their seasons. We knew then that resumption would be fluid
“We didn’t want to arbitrarily curtail league and
cup competitions too quickly, but instead wanted to work closely with
leagues, foundations and clubs, and to respond to the situation as it
“We have taken a long-term approach to the evolving
situation around the public health and the lockdown of sports, with the
aim of keeping as many options open for as long as possible.
“The impact on the community game has been severe
and, sadly, there will be insufficient time to complete competitions
once full contact Community Rugby League returns. Our focus now is on
supporting clubs with localised friendly fixtures in the Autumn.”
A return to full contact Rugby League would involve
modifications, including the removal of scrums.