Scottish Rugby Updates: COVID-19

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Scottish Rugby Updates: COVID-19

Scottish Rugby has been providing regular updates to clubs, supporters, sponsors and partners during this period of uncertainty with COVID-19. This page consolidates all of Scottish Rugby's updates so far and will be updated with information as and when it becomes available.

Clubs and Schools Return to Rugby: Phase 1 Guidelines - 5 June

Scottish Rugby has published Return to Rugby guidelines for clubs and schools during Phase 1 of the Scottish Government's easing of lockdown restrictions.

The document provides a practical guide on the proposed Return to Rugby plans amidst the current Covid-19 pandemic. The following information is aligned to Scottish Government, sportscotland and World Rugby guidelines for Phase 1 of the route map for exiting lockdown. Scottish Rugby is working with the Scottish Government to ensure the domestic game can begin a phased return in line with its lockdown restrictions easing and aiming to help clubs through this process. Further information on future phases will be communicated when appropriate.

There is a dedicated page on the Scottish Rugby website for details on facilities, events and competitions, coaching and other useful information for clubs and schools regarding the first phase of a return to rugby.

Scottish Rugby has produced an at-a-glance infographic for information on the Return to Rugby guidelines here and full information available to read by clicking here.

Scottish Rugby statement – Scottish Government meeting - 29 May

Scottish Rugby participated in a successful meeting with Minister for Sport Joe FitzPatrick and Scotland’s National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch today.

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Threat Management Group Update - 29 May 

This week the TMG and the supporting workstreams have made excellent progress in planning the safest strategies to return to rugby.

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Latest Government advice affecting rugby clubs - 22 May

Scottish Rugby is advising rugby clubs across Scotland that they should not expect to resume any form of rugby training until Scottish Government and public health advice allows.

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Summer Tour Statement - 15 May 2020

Scottish Rugby can confirm the 2020 Summer Test matches scheduled against South Africa and New Zealand have been postponed in light of the international impact of COVID-19.

Click here to read the full update - Summer Tour statement

Supporting #AsOne - 14 May 2020

Scottish Rugby would like to recognise the work of our Partners during this time and highlight the work they’ve being doing during COVID-19 outbreak to support key and front-line workers and those most in need over the past weeks.

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Jason Leitch talks rugby and COVID-19 Impact - 12 May 2020

Scotland’s National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch says he is impressed by Scottish Rugby’s proposed phased approach for elite players to resume training in an exclusive interview on this week's Official Scottish Rugby Podcast.

Click here to read the full article - Jason Leitch talks rugby and COVID-19 Impact

Scottish Rugby – update following COVID-19 meeting with Scottish Government - 5 May 2020

A statement has been issued by Scottish Rugby following our participation in a multi-sport round table meeting with Minister for Sport Joe FitzPatrick this afternoon (5 May 2020).

Click here to read the full statement

​Medical Update - COVID-19 - Letter to all clubs from Scottish Rugby CMO Dr James Robson - 1 May 2020

Firstly, thank you for your ongoing compliance with the important prevention measures introduced by the Scottish Government in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19). By following these you have, and will continue to; prevent transmission of COVID-19, reduce your own risk, reduce pressure on the NHS and save lives.

Like all individuals in society, and specifically as Rugby Players, I appreciate that the current coronavirus pandemic has resulted in major changes in your lives and the lives of your families. Within the wider Scottish Rugby family we have unfortunately seen the complete spectrum of the COVID-19’s physical effects and undoubtedly there will continue to be cases. The disease’s effect on individuals mental health and wider society can also not be understated. Scottish Rugby and all our Clubs have worked hard to facilitate a number of ways by which you can help the overall health of yourselves, your clubs, Scottish Rugby and society.

In Scotland, and across many parts of the world, as we move through the current situation it is inevitable that all of us are going to experience some negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours. While a number of these and their extent are normal! It is important for us all to try to recognise when these are becoming too negative. Just like any ‘work on’ in your rugby skill set, or indeed at the time of injury, getting support to work through these will be important.

Please see the attached link which highlights several ways COVID-19 can affect your health, and signposts you to important resources. I would ask that you review it and refer to it over the next period.

NHSinform is the official Scottish NHS website: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

Please continue to make good decisions, stay safe and look after each other.

Kind regards

Dr James Robson

(Chief Medical Officer Scottish Rugby)

Sheila Begbie reflects on the COVID-19 crisis - 27 April 2020

Scottish Rugby’s Director of Rugby Development, Sheila Begbie MBE spoke to the media last week to reflect on the current COVID-19 crisis and how Scottish Rugby and the Rugby Development Department were working to support clubs across Scotland.

Click here to read - Sheila Begbie reflects on the COVID-19 crisis

Dr James Robson reflects on COVID-19 Crisis - 24 April 2020

Scottish Rugby’s Chief Medical Officer Dr James Robson MBE spoke to the media this week to reflect on the current COVID-19 crisis and how Scottish Rugby and himself were working to support players and the wider organisation. Here is what he had to say.

Click here to read - Dr James Robson MBE reflects on COVID-19 crisis

Scottish Rugby Board Update - 23 April 2020

Scottish Rugby's Board issued an update in relation to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Joint Scottish Rugby & RPS Statement - 14 April 2020

Scottish Rugby and Rugby Players Scotland (RPS) have today issued a joint statement. Scotland’s top rugby players’ salaries may be reduced for five months as the country continues to fight Coronavirus and the resulting closedown of rugby and all sport. This follows discussions between Scottish Rugby and Rugby Players Scotland (RPS), the players’ association.

Click here to read the full statement - Joint Scottish Rugby & RPS Statement

Scottish Rugby Update - 13 April 2020

Scottish Rugby’s Chief Executive, Mark Dodson issued an update in relation to steps being taken to manage its operations in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Scottish Rugby Update - 31 March 2020

The 2019/20 domestic rugby season in Scotland has been classified as null and void, with Scottish Rugby joining its Irish, Welsh and Italian counterparts in coming to this outcome.

This decision follows the earlier interim suspension and then final closure of the season based on Government advice in relation to the Covid-19 virus and is being issued today, 31 March in line with the previous objective of informing clubs by the end of the month.

The decision to declare the 2019/20 season null and void – meaning there will be no automatic promotion/relegation - was reached following an extensive consultation process involving the participating clubs, the Championship and Competition Committee members and Scottish Rugby’s own Rugby Development Department.

Click here to read the full update - Scottish 2019/20 Season Declared Null and Void

Scottish Rugby Board Update - 31 March 2020

The Board of Scottish Rugby met on Friday 27 March by conference call to discuss once again the on-going impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on both the sport in Scotland and Scottish Rugby as an organisation.

The welfare of all our staff, clubs and players were top of the agenda and a full discussion held on the steps put in place to ensure they are all supported at this difficult time. It was noted that significant and detailed work is also on-going, at a pace, to review the considerable financial impacts on Scottish Rugby and the game in Scotland at all levels in respect of COVID-19.

  • Board agree all Board Directors (both Executive and Non-executive) to take a 25% deferral of salary/fee from April 1st to September 1st and CEO will take a 30% deferral for the same period.
  • Additionally, Director of Performance Rugby and our Head Coaches from the National Team, Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors also agreed to a 25% deferral for the same period.
  • Scottish Rugby’s “Threat Management Group” continues to meet via video conferencing each day to discuss key operational topics in light of COVID-19 including updates on health, our people, finance, professional and domestic rugby competitions, rugby development, stadium and facilities
  • All work on Project Eden, the new stadium for Edinburgh Rugby development on the BT Murrayfield back pitches, has been suspended until further notice in line with public health guidelines.
  • Scottish Rugby continues to work closely with World Rugby and its fellow Unions in relation to the international calendar moving forward.
  • All non-critical capital expenditure on BT Murrayfield stadium and wider projects placed on hold until further notice.
  • Full support given to promoting Govt public health messaging across Scottish Rugby’s own channels and joined the #LightitBlue campaign in recognition of the NHS last week.

Click here to read the full update - Update from Scottish Rugby Board / Covid19

National Clinic Director praised Scottish Rugby community - 30 March 2020

Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director of the Scottish Government, has praised the Scottish rugby community for their ongoing efforts as the country works together to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Leitch took the time to praise those involved in rugby in Scotland and asked for more of the same.

Click here to read the full article - Continued support from Rugby Community

Scottish Rugby Update - 20 March 2020

Scottish Rugby has determined the current (2019/20) domestic season will not be recommenced, and that the suspension of all rugby remains in place until further notice.

Club Hardship Fund

Scottish Rugby is now open to applications for funding from its newly created Club Hardship Fund (CHF). The fund was set up by Scottish Rugby to support clubs during the 2020 Covid-19 outbreak and premature end of the 2019/20 season, confirmed by the Scottish Rugby Board earlier today. The fund is designed to provide grants to clubs to sustain their business during this unprecedented period and help them to continue to deliver rugby in Scotland.

Click here to read the full update and for application information for the Club Hardship Fund - Domestic Season to end and club hardship fund opens.

Guinness PRO 14 Rugby Update - 19 March 2020

The suspension of the 2019/20 season of the Guinness PRO14 is now on an indefinite basis due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Click here to read the full update - Indefinite suspension of Guinness PRO14 Season.

Hardship Fund Launched - 15 March 2020

Scottish Rugby has today (Sunday 15 March) launched a significant new funding support initiative.

A new £500,000 Club Hardship Fund (CHF) will offer financial assistance to grassroots clubs facing cashflow and immediate financial challenges through the impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Designed to help clubs through the period of uncertainty created by the Coronavirus outbreak, the CHF would release funds to support identified financial issues caused by a lack of fixtures or pressures on other revenue streams.

With a lack of fixtures and reduction on public gatherings clubs may struggle for cash-flow and Scottish Rugby wishes to help and support them.

In addition to the £500K Club Hardship Fund, Scottish Rugby is also accelerating its collective club support payments by a month, to April from May, which will in itself exceed £500,000 in funding to ease the financial burden.

Click here to read the full story - £500k Hardship Fund Launched

Wales v Scotland postponed - 13 March 2020

Wales’ Guinness Six Nations clash with Scotland at Principality Stadium in Cardiff has been postponed.

Click here to read the full statement - Wales v Scotland postponed.

Scottish Rugby suspends all rugby in Scotland - 13 March 2020

Scottish Rugby has today taken the decision to suspend all rugby in Scotland following the evolving Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation.

In light of government restrictions on public gatherings and the resulting pressure on emergency services and healthcare provision, Scottish Rugby has decided that with effect from Sunday 15 March at 6pm there will be a short period without domestic competition (or training) whilst a further assessment can be made. This will be in effect up to, and including, 29 March 2020.

Click here to read full update - Scottish Rugby suspends all rugby in Scotland.

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