Rugby bosses exploring every avenue for a return to play
Every organisation and every governing body is working with their government to do what is appropriate to get rugby back on the go.
Rugby bosses the world over are looking at the best and safest ways to get back to playing, but nobody can say what that means for the game’s immediate future.
In the South, the Super Rugby season is off while up North there is hope of rounding off the club season and Six Nations.
Rugby wants to start up again when it is safe
Scottish Rugby Chief Operating Officer Dominic McKay said that talks were ongoing and the situation surrounding a return to play was fluid.
McKay said that a massive restructuring of the calendar could be on the cards.
“I guess everyone’s looking at different ways of when rugby can restart, and doing it in a way that gets the competitions fired up,” McKay told Planet Rugby.
“Everyone is recognising the November series includes teams from the southern hemisphere, it just may not be practical for those teams to travel, so there’s clearly uncertainty around that.
“We’ve been looking at a number of different scenarios in respect of those autumn Test windows.
“Until such time as we’re told otherwise, we expect to have New Zealand, Argentina and Japan in November. But it would be wrong of us not to give consideration to other options, and that’s what we’re doing just now. It’s all talk as it often is in rugby, but as yet we’re not near any firm solutions.
“The priority is around working with the government and trying to do what is as appropriate as possible.
“At the moment, we’re not looking too far ahead, we’re looking at when can we get our players training? When can we give advice to local rugby clubs about it being safe for them to resume training?
“So, I guess, domestically every organisation and every governing body is working with their government to do what is appropriate to them. No one can look too far into the future at the moment.”
McKay said they hoped to complete the Pro14 season but would have to abbreviate the campaign and might not be able to include South Africa’s entrants, the Kings and Cheetahs.
“We are still looking at scenarios that might see some way of potentially finishing the PRO14 season if restrictions allow later in the back end of the summer/beginning of autumn,” McKay said.
“And that will definitely be a curtailed end to the PRO14 season.
“We are still looking at scenarios, the PRO14 executive are going to come back to us with an update on what might be possible.
“But that is entirely dependent on the various restrictions in the different territories.”