Confirmed: 2020 Rugby season resumption
The ACTRU has confirmed the details surrounding the season resuming.
If all clubs adhere to the rules and guidelines set out by the ACT Government, the Australian Institute of Sport; and the ACT/SNSW Rugby Union the 2020 John I Dent Cup season will resume in mid-July.
The Eagles are allowed to return to training as of the 1st of June. This will be non-contact training for a maximum of one hour sessions. Strict entry and exit rules apply, there will be no sharing of equipment, no change room access (except for bathroom use) and players must be registered to attend.
The first official Eagles training session will be on Tuesday 2nd of June at Nicholls oval.
Our current aim is to have normal rugby training resume from 29 June.
This is subject to change. If Canberra confirms any new cases of COVID-19, or if a club confirms any cases of COVID-19, this will likely be suspended.
If everything goes to plan, the season will likely involve two home and away matches against each Premier Division club, and a two-week finals series. This is yet to be confirmed.
In coming days, advice will be given around the Eagles plans to remain COVID-19 compliant, as we transition back into rugby normality. The club will appoint a COVID-19 Compliance Officer who will oversee all club events and ensure the correct protocols are in place.
Players are encouraged to continue their own fitness programs lawfully, to ensure we as a club are in the best shape possible to return to rugby in July.
Note: advice from the Brumbies S&C Staff is that it takes seven weeks to fully prepare for matches.
Players should note that the insurance provided within their rugby registration for 2020 does not apply until the 1st of June, and players who are not yet registered for the 2020 season, are not insured whatsoever and cannot train.
The club also encourages every individual who wishes to play rugby this season to download the COVID Safe App. This allows all of our players, coaches and support staff to be accurately informed if come in contact with a confirmed case.
An FAQ forum will be published soon by the club, which outlines all expectations of players and volunteers for the remainder of the season.
The Eagles are taking every precaution outlined by the ACT Government and Health Authority to keep players, coaches and volunteers safe.
More to come.