Burgess Hill RFC ready for rugby's return after RFU announce their roadmap

Burgess Hill RFC are ready to get back playing following the RFU publishing their Return to Community Rugby Roadmap.

Sussex All Blacks played Crawley RFC in December 2020
Sussex All Blacks played Crawley RFC in December 2020

The roadmap summarises the plan for a phased return to full contact rugby, subject to each step on the government roadmap being met.

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The RFU said: "A six-stage process has been created to guide rugby coaches and players through the return process from Stage A now, to Ready4Rugby, O2 Touch and limited contact training sessions at the end of March, to full contact matches anticipated in June."

And training at Burgess Hill will start straight away from March 29.

Ross Hallifax from the club said: "Our plan is to provide rugby in line with the RFU's return to rugby roadmap.

"Training will commence w/c 29th March and matches will resume week commencing April 26.

"We are currently booking in men's 15 a side friendlies for May as well as youth games."

The senior mens will take part in 7-a-side tournaments during the summer where they will attend the likes of Worthing, Brighton and Littlehampton tournaments as well as hosting the SAB 7s on Saturday July 24.

In the minis and juniors, the Sussex All Blacks will offer training throughout the summer and Hallifax anticipates the women's and walking rugby sides will also keep up training.

Hallifax added: "The bar and club house will come out of mothballs in line with the government roadmap and we will put on events both outdoor and indoor hopefully including watching the British & Irish Lions Vs South Africa.

"Finally we hope some of the rugby tours put on hold in 2020 can resume this coming autumn."