Return to Rugby Stage 4 Guidelines for Clubs and Schools
Scottish Rugby can confirm that the club and school game can move from Return to Rugby Stage 3 to Stage 4 of the Scottish Rugby Return to Rugby Roadmap as of 14 September 2020. This step has been approved by the Scottish Government.
As of 14 September, modified full contact activities and small sided games (restrictions apply) can resume for all age groups (excluding P1-3 age groups). The reinstatement of modified full contact activity is important to ensure players are able to start preparing and conditioning themselves appropriately for the return to normality with regular training and matches.
Specific training conditions will allow the return of 1v1 tackling, 1v1 scrums, modified lineouts and rucks. Mauls and full scrums are still not permissible as the transmission exposure risk, due to prolonged face to face contact, remains high.
To support the preparation for a return to competitive rugby, indicative dates for future Return to Rugby stages have been announced and outlined in the Return to Rugby Roadmap. The return to full contact activities (Return to Rugby Stage 5) is scheduled to commence from the 5 October 2020, with non-competitive match play (friendlies) permitted as of 19 October with the indicative date for the return of competitive rugby is 31 October as per previous communications. All indicative dates are subject to approval and guidance from The Scottish Government.
The Return to Rugby stage 4 guidance is available to download below with an accompanying webinar available to watch back, providing further details on stage 4 guidance and indicative dates for future stages.