National League Rugby are disappointed to announce the postponement of Rams RFC’s home match against Chinnor, which was due to be played on Friday evening.
The decision was taken following a Covid-19 outbreak within Chinnor’s squad and the date for the rearranged fixture will be announced in due course.
National League Rugby would like to thank everyone involved - not least Rams and Chinnor - for their support around the live stream.
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We can confirm that our First XV’s fixture at @Rams_RFC tomorrow has been postponed
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National League Rugby Chairman John Inverdale said: “It is hugely disappointing that the next step in National League Rugby’s progression has been disrupted in this way, but obviously, it was wholly the right decision.
“I would echo everyone involved in the project that our desire is to repeat the experiment as soon as possible in the New Year.”
Update from England Rugby
In light of the recent rise in Covid-19 cases across the country, National League Rugby is expecting more postponements this weekend and they will be announcing them on their website if and when they occur.
The RFU has also introduced flexibility around this Saturday’s matches to give clubs and players options.
Fixtures scheduled for the weekend of 17/18/19 December:
To postpone a fixture, clubs must adhere to the following process:
1. Submit a Covid declaration form
2. Include ‘concerns about Covid’ as the reason for the postponement
3. For this weekend – 17/18/19 December 2021 – there is no requirement to provide additional supportive information for the Covid declaration.
If clubs decide to play fixtures this weekend, the RFU would advise that sensible precautions should be taken to protect members and players. In line with public health advice, the RFU would suggest:
Alongside government guidance, which can be found here, and Sport England guidance here, you can find information, resources and FAQs on the England Rugby Coronavirus Hub which will be updated if government advice changes. Please check back regularly.
If you can’t find the information you are looking for please contact ClubSupport@RFU.com
The RFU will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with government and public health experts and further guidance will be issued post Christmas. The safety of all players, coaches, officials and volunteers remains the priority.