Now we have seen the back of 2020 we hope for a better year in 2021 and a return to some kind of normality.
Luckily, in the most recent tier review we have stayed in tier 3. As such we are now allowed to resume senior rugby activity, albeit with some adaptations to the rules (No scrums or mauls).
The RFU have recently reviewed their guidance and spectators are now permitted in community sport in tiers 1-3. However social distancing and group sizes must be observed at all times. People can meet in groups of up to 6 in sports grounds. This means that we can once again welcome members and supporters to watch the games.
Unfortunately, whilst in Tier 3 we are unable to open the bars to offer food or beverage.
The First XV await the start of the planned NCA Cup competition in February, However, they will be arranging friendlies over the coming weeks to ensure that some rugby is played before then. Their first friendly will be at home against Old Brodleians on Saturday 9th January with a 2pm kick off.
The Falcons and A-Team are due to start their seasons on 23rd January, but will be arranging friendly games. The A-Team host Old Crocs on Saturday 9th January at Lockwood Park.
Women’s rugby returns to training on 5th January with girls sessions starting on 12th Janaury (more below).
The Academy start their fixtures with a trip to Yarnbury on Sunday 17th January 2021 with a 1.30pm kick off.
The age grade coaches and managers are working hard to secure fixtures against local clubs and Sunday mornings continue to be well attended. Age grade parents are allowed to be present but only one parent should accompany an age grade player in tier 3.