Premiership rugby will return in July, reports Sky Sports

Rugby could return to action at the beginning of July as Premiership bosses continues to harbour hopes of completing the entire 2019/20 season, according to reports.

Any resumption is subject to government approval, with the next review of lockdown measures set to be announced to the public on May 7.

The Gallagher Premiership was initially suspended for five weeks on March 16 because of the Covid-19 pandemic that has swept the globe.

The suspension was extended indefinitely on April 8 and Premiership Rugby is now said to be drawing up plans to play games behind closed doors in bio-secure environments.

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According to Sky Sports, this could see all games being played at one or two venues, with on-site coronavirus testing required and with midweek matches essential to complete a fixture list on which all 12 Premiership clubs have nine matches outstanding.

Players are expected to require four weeks of training before returning to action, which would mean a return to the club in June.

This best-case scenario would result in the Premiership final being played in mid-August.


England’s Ultimate All-time 31 man squad

England have had plenty of superstars down the years.

So, narrowing that down into one ultimate 31-man squad won’t be easy.

It’ll be fun, though, and, this is a lockdown, it’s what we do now.

Here we go.

Back-three (5)

  • Jason Robinson
  • Rory Underwood
  • David Duckham
  • Jonny May
  • Ben Cohen

Centre (4)

  • Will Greenwood
  • Manu Tuilagi
  • Jeremy Guscott
  • Will Carling

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