Full Squad Training

Further reduction in PST measures may be anticipated if earlier relaxations do not cause adverse responses in case rates. A plausible next step is a relaxation on restrictions of crowd gatherings. If measures such as allowing public gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted it may be possible for squads to train together.

  1. Daily screening, hygiene measures, social distancing and appropriate care will remain the most important means of keeping players and staff safe.
  2. If there has been a successful introduction of individual and small group training sessions, greater levels of group interaction are a necessary step towards return to normal team activity.
  3. When full squad sessions return, efforts to maintain social distancing measures outlined above should be continued everywhere away from the field. This will limit exposure to the smallest possible time.
  4. Rugby is a contact sport and full training will require intermittent high levels of physical contact. Full contact training requires reduction in social isolation measures. Certain aspects of contact training are higher risk, and those exposed to this risk will likely require testing and quarantine, should one of the participants subsequently become display signs of infection (within 2 days of the exposure). Full-contact training should be planned after consultation with local public health authorities.