Risk in Rugby

  • Rugby is a contact sport. To fully train and to play matches requires intermittent physical contact. High-risk physical contact, where players are in very close proximity (such as scrum, or face to face tackle), most likely poses a greater risk should one player be an infected person. In training, this type of contact should, whenever possible be limited, as should mixing of groups who have undertaken this type of contact. Should a team-mate from high-risk physical contact or opposition player in a recent match develop an infection, all of those who have participated in the high-risk contact are likely to require isolation and testing.
  • Early in the return to training, smaller groups will help to offset this risk.
  • When PST measures are reduced enough to allow full squad training, risk will be managed by limiting non-team member access to training facilities. Only essential squad and coaching staff members will attend training.