Rugby: Stadiums to reopen to the public in September?

Published by Alexandre G. · Published on 2 June 2020 at 11h00
Even though rugby games can only resume in three months because of the coronavirus epidemic, Top 14 and Pro D2 clubs are already working hard to set up health protocols in order to welcome the public starting September 4. FFR (French Rugby Federation) president is “optimistic” and hopes to welcome more than 5,000 spectators.

Will rugby come back to normal soon? A few hours after the PM’s address this Thursday May 28 as for phase 2 of containment exit, the president of the French Rugby Federation said he was “optimistic” as for the public to return to rugby stadiums from September 4, said to be the official date Top 14 will resume. After being on hold for two months because of the health crisis, the rugby world is working hard to prepare the health protocols and enables to start again in the best conditions. As much for players as for supporters.

As contact and collective sports have not been given a green light yet from the government to start again, Bernard Laporte said he was reassured after his meeting with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. According to the former “Bleus” head coach, the government chief “sees the importance for our sport to exit the crisis” saying that the “recovery of rugby with contacts seems likely within the next few weeks”.

By the way, the president of the federation sent a positive signal saying that “the fact rugby games are played in open and not closed spaces seemed to be a factor making it easier”. Of course, he is moderating his optimistic rush, and does not sweep away any option, “we might be refused the opening of stadium to all spectators” he said, adding that “there will be a limit and this is normal”.

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