KNUTSFORD Rugby Club have outlined how they intend to get going again both on and off the pitch.

As part of the Government’s plans to ease Covid restrictions, organised outdoor sports will be able to resume from March 29.

Rugby’s return will be phased, with limited contact training allowed from that date with matches under modified rules potentially permitted from April 26.

Full contact games under normal rules could be allowed to resume from June before a full league programme starts in September

The league structure has been cancelled for this season but director of rugby Chris Edmonds is hopeful of getting competitive fixtures for players of all ages in as soon as rules allow.

He also told of plans to reopen the clubhouse when restrictions are lifted – hospitality venues will be allowed to serve customers outdoors from April 12 and indoors from May 17 under the current roadmap before all restrictions are due to be lifted no earlier than June 21.

“We received the initial 'Return to Rugby Roadmap' and we are very much looking to get stuck back in at the club,” he said.

“While we have plans to re-open the clubhouse as soon as we are allowed for social events, all training will commence from 29th March.

“The seniors and older junior teams will train midweek with our mini section training in bubbles on Sunday mornings at the Lower Academy site.

“The season will be extended to the end of May, which will give us the opportunity to set up some competitive fixtures for both the senior and junior section.

“We will also have our touch rugby sessions starting back up on Friday evenings. These are great sessions for everyone of all abilities to get involved with - no membership required to try out.

“We are looking at setting up an end of season social and will also be running a family fun day at the club - regulations permitting.

“The barbecue will be on, bar open and outside seating available.”