Return to Play – Move to Stage D2 from 26 April

Please see the following update from the RFU:

From Monday 26 April we will return to Stage D2 on the rugby roadmap, which includes contact fixtures with adapted laws. Please familiarise yourselves with the guidance below. A video is also available here.

Age Grade

This move to Stage D2 also applies to age grade rugby, from Monday 26 April until the end of the extended 2020-21 age grade season on Monday 31 May 2021.

From Tuesday 1 June, we move to the out-of-season period through June, July and August, when activity will follow the Summer Activity Framework. For details, see below.

Age Grade Changes
Summer Activity Guide
Summer Activity Overview
Stage D2 Age Grade Match Guidance

Upcoming Training Event: 22nd April – Mental Resilience and Ready4Rugby

The evening is focused on mental and physical resilience, with the opportunity to hear from our guest speaker, the incredible Paralympian James Roberts.

James started out in his sporting career as a swimmer, and progressed on to other Paralympic sports, such as rowing and sitting volleyball. More recently he has begun playing wheelchair basketball for local side Rhyl Raptors. As part of his sporting career, he competed for Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing as well as competing for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, finishing 8th in the sitting volleyball. 

Following this will be some guidance and discussion on the Ready 4 Rugby law variations, with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have as we prepare for the long awaited return to the rugby pitch. Included in this will be some useful hints on the latest “contact with the head” protocols, again including the opportunity to ask any questions you may have with these.

This is a great opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the latest law variations and is great preparation for the time we run back out onto the pitch and play our part in this great game. As a reminder, the law variations are all published here and can also be found on the RFU website.

NLDRURS Members should check their email inboxes and confirm their attendance to recieve the Zoom link. Anyone with any problems should reach out to Future training events can be seen on the calendar on the NLDRURS homepage (

RFU Community Game Updates

The RFU have released guidance about a gradual return to rugby, shown in the image below.

More information is available here, and NLDRURS will be issuing more guidance to referees soon. For now, referees are encouraged to reach out to local clubs and see if any refereeing will be required in training sessions and Ready4Rugby from 29th March.