Premiership and Championship rugby clubs in England have been given provisional authorization to begin non-contact training amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Professional Game Board has however announced that all rugby clubs will have to provide a written declaration stating that they will follow a number of rules introduced to keep the virus at bay.
Chris Booy, chairman of the PGB stated, “I can confirm that the Professional Game Board which incorporates representatives of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Premiership Rugby, Rugby Players Association (RPA) and Championship clubs has given provisional authorisation for Premiership and Championship Rugby clubs to move to Stage 1: Elite Sport Return to Training Guidance.”
He also said, “The clubs will need to satisfy a number of requirements to start Stage 1 as we continue the huge amount of work being undertaken to enable a safe return to training. The welfare of the players, management and staff is our only priority, and we look forward to the season resuming when it is safe to do so.