A report from The Telegraph today has revealed that rugby could look very different when it returns at a grassroots level.
According to well-respected rugby scribe Gavin Mairs, the RFU plan is planning to hold back on introducing full contact rugby.
The return of ‘rugby activity’ would see games take place without, mauls, scrums or even tackles until at least next year
“By rugby activity we are definitely not talking about 15-a-side, full-on contact rugby,” revealed Steve Grainger.
“There are a whole range of activities that you could create without having 16 people in a scrum.
“That is probably the most invasive and intensive form of contact that we are going to have. Or a pile of people in a ruck.
“Those are the things I think that are quite hard to see your way past with the sort of virus that we have had. They seem like they will be the last things to come back.
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“We are looking at staging posts all the way along that – from a situation where a group of people can start to handle a ball together through to a situation where a group of people can start to challenge another group of people with a ball in their hands.
“I think we will get to a situation with a non-contact or limited contact variant of the game such as RugbyX. The return of contact activity will then engineer when the competitive programme can start.”.
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