Rosslyn Park FC host rugby touch tournament to aid the club during the pandemic

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Upper Richmond rugby club Rosslyn Park FC have been holding social touch tournaments in accordance with government guidelines in order to train and remain as proactive as possible during the pandemic.

Competitive rugby clubs playing below the level of the Greene King IPA Championship and Allianz Premier 15s have been unable to play 15-a-side contact fixtures since March.

Rosslyn Park FC play in the National League 1 which is the third level of domestic rugby union competition in England.

Following positive talks with the government, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) launched ready4rugby guidelines in August which enabled rugby clubs to engage in non-contact training and games. 

Therefore, clubs like Rosslyn Park FC who have seen their match revenues halted have been able to host social touch tournaments and keep active utilising their outdoor facilities.

The rules stipulate that there must be no contact, a maximum of 10 players per side and a minimum of six.

As from December 18, rugby clubs will be able to organise adapted 15-a-side contact rugby union fixtures, hopefully ending an 9 month hiatus.

However, as a result of London entering into tier three of new restrictions, it remains unclear on what exact date Rosslyn Park FC and other tier 3 rugby clubs will be able to play next.

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