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New Year statement from Devon RFU chair Geoff Simpson

02 Jan 2021 18:52 | Devon RFU

Devon RFU New Year statement

I hope that you and your families have been able to have a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas and New Year whilst observing the pandemic safety restrictions.

Sadly Covid-19 has taken a firmer grip on our lives as we move up the tiers with the new variant of the virus causing havoc. Against this background the RFU, with government authority, is continuing to permit limited activity within stringent guidelines. However, it has been reported that, in some instances, such activity has failed to observe the vast array of measures that must be carried out. We have all seen, in other contexts, mindless and selfish behaviour that jeopardises the well being of the communities in which we live. It would be disastrous if rugby was seen in any way to add to that picture.

At a time when professional sports teams, with all their resources and medical back up, are finding it impossible to keep the virus at bay, the chances of a community club avoiding coming to harm are slim. Plans for some form of fixture structure for the rest of this season have understandably been put on hold. I would urge all of you to think long and hard before undertaking any activity that could worsen the situation and damage the reputation of our game in Devon.

There will be an end to this crisis and then the challenge of rebuilding our lives in terms of family, work and leisure can begin in earnest. The resilience of the rugby community will be called on more than ever and I hope that the best traditions of helping our neighbours as well as ourselves will flourish once again.

Stay safe and take care,

Geoff Simpson, Chair, Devon RFU.