To European Rugby Unions in Membership of Rugby Europe
March 15th, 2021
Subject: Return to Play
With the gradual easing of various lock-down conditions a return to play protocols now being
exercised, Rugby Europe wishes to emphasise the safety guidelines and best practice with
everyone’s well-being paramount in ensuring its success across the continent.
With this in mind, we include correspondence from Chairs of the Rugby Committee and
Development Sub-Committee, Rob Udwin and Jens Nielsen, on the recommended Covid-19
Return to play procedures for teams and unions.
Rob Udwin said, « As Europe emerges from the horrific year we have all experienced, we are
collectively going to have to work harder than ever to protect and grow our precious sport and
the values that it represents. Our Rugby Europe staff have been hard at work to produce some
resources that may be of use to you and your Union, and I commend them to you.
May I wish all Unions the best of luck in your efforts to get rugby re-established in your region,
and to ensure that a new generation of young people benefit from the sport in the way that
we all have. »
Jens Skage Nielsen added, « For many of our players the time away from training and community
rugby has been very long due to Covid-19.
It’s therefore great to now see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our staff at Rugby Europe has
been developing guidelines to help us all return to play in a safe manner.
It will be important to respect this gradual return to play process, while at the same time
adhering to guidelines from your local authorities in order to stay safe both on and off the
Two useful infographics can be found
Should you have any question, please feel free to contact your Union representatives.