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Tier change implications on rugby

31 Dec 2020 17:09 | Devon RFU

Following the government announcement that the majority of the country will move into tiers three and four, the RFU have reminded clubs of the implications for community rugby.

Clubs in tier three can still play rugby according to Stage E on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. Please remember, there is no obligation to play 15-a-side adapted contact fixtures, however it is an option for clubs who wish to do so.

Clubs in a tier four area should cancel any upcoming adult training/fixtures.

At the time of writing, rugby activity in Tier 4 areas can continue for U18s (including those who were under 18 on August 31, 2020) and for people with a disability as exemptions are in place. The RFU will advise of any changes if we receive an update from government in the next few days.

Government advice on sports activity in tier four areas is here

For any queries, please visit the RFU Helpdesk FAQs on our Club Support page here

Resources are also available on our Coronavirus Hub here

If you are unsure on what tier you are currently in or will be going into, you can find it using the government website here (Each bullet point listed on the government website represents each specific area.) 

Please see below for a reminder around travel and match play in each tier:

 Adult Rugby

Adult players living in tier three can only travel within their own specific tier three area to train or play. (See above for government website areas)

Adult players living in tier three cannot travel into another tier three area (or other tiers) to train or play (which includes their own club if it is in a different geographic area).

Adult rugby is not permitted in tier four. 

 Age Grade

At the time of writing, the following still applies. We will advise of any changes if we receive an update from government in the next few days.

Age grade players may, due to government exemptions for U18s, travel across tiers 1-3 to train or play and can be accompanied by one parent or carer. However, to protect all involved, we strongly recommend that wherever possible training and match play follows adult guidelines.  

Age grade players in tier four may only travel within their specific tier four area to train or play and may only be accompanied by one parent or carer.

Volunteers

Volunteers (including coaches and match officials) may travel across tiers 1-3, where necessary, to enable participation to take place. However, to protect all involved, we strongly recommend this is kept to an absolute minimum. 

Volunteers (including coaches and match officials) living in tier four should only travel within their specific tier four area to enable participation to take place for U18s ONLY.

Additional exemptions are in place for people with a disability.  

 We will update you when we receive further information from government and will work hard to enable as many people as possible to return to rugby when it is safe to do so.