Below is a message received from Mike Priestley, Chair of the RFRU. For those who are not sure what RFRU stands for it is Rugby Football Referees Union. The Society is a member and the RFRU represents match officials to the RFU.

Following the Government announcement that the move towards a return to recreational sport is underway, the RFU has been developing its action plan for the restart of Rugby activity. Currently we remain at Phase B of the A- F phased plan so there is still some way to go.

As a consequence of the action plan ( which has to be submitted to the Government Department for Media, Culture and Sport) the process for the safe return of Rugby will be agreed.

In order to reassure the Match Officiating community, RFRU can confirm that this action plan includes key risk assessments covering on and off field activities and will include a section specific for Match Officials and the steps to take to mitigate risks. We envisage that this will include guidance on facilities ( changing etc), coin toss, kit checks, sanctioning players on field and socially distant positioning on field amongst other factors. We are fully engaged with our professional staff colleagues and will continue to be so in order to support you going forwards.

Much analysis is still ongoing to refine the action plan and when the Government sign off the RFU action plan, the game can move forward through the various stages towards full reintroduction. Of course the plan and any further guidance specific to Match Officials will be issued to you by RFRU as it becomes available.

Best Wishes

Mike Priestley
Chair RFRU

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