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WRU Status Update – CEO calls for patience as guidelines are clarified

Simon Rimmer Published 3:18 pm 3rd Jun 2020 NEWS

The Welsh Rugby Union has clarified how the latest Welsh Government [COVID] guidelines, in force from Monday 1 June affect Welsh community rugby – in its latest WRU Status Update. The national governing body has reminded all involved in the community game from players and parents to coaches, referees and volunteers – that all rugby activity is currently suspended and confirmed that in-depth guidelines will be issued and a thorough process will be followed before any organised community rugby activity is sanctioned in Wales.

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However, for further clarity, the WRU has issued a guide to exercising safely within the current guidelines.

WRU Community Director Geraint John said, “While all organised rugby activity is currently suspended in Wales, we recognise that players, coaches, referees and volunteers throughout community rugby will be keen to step up their plans to get ready for the return of rugby, as and when that is deemed safe and in line with Welsh Government guidelines.

“We will be contacting all clubs, rugby groups and Female Hubs in due course with in-depth guidance to help with the return to play process. This will include online meetings and advice on getting facilities and people ready for when the time comes to start sanctioned training and off-field activity. The safety of all involved is the priority when developing and delivering these guidelines.

“Until that time, we urge everyone within the game to stay fit and active within the phased approach taken by Welsh Government.” Key latest info in relation to Welsh community rugby:

• From Monday 1 June, all players, coaches and referees, in line with the rest of Welsh society are now able to train outdoors with members of their household and one other household, within five miles of their home.

• The two metre social distancing rule is still in place regarding members of another household – no physical contact is permitted – check out the WRU’s Stay Active programmes for guidance

• Personal hygiene is as important as ever. Wash hands regularly and do not share any training equipment – balls, cones etc – with members of another household. Do not share drinks bottles. • All indoor club facilities remain closed in line with government guidance

• All club-owned rugby pitches also remain closed while organised rugby activity is suspended

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