Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Monday May 11, 2020

Australia has a plan in place and look set for their own Super Rugby restart in early July

Australia has a plan in place and look set for their own Super Rugby restart in early July

Rugby Australia officials expect to have their replacement Super Rugby competition locked in by the end of this month with an aim of starting in early July.

ADVERTISEMENT

RA has released a return-to-play strategy with the aim of starting a five or six team 12-week competition, with Western Force and possibly Japan’s Sunwolves joining the four Australian Super Rugby teams.

The original five-nation Super Rugby competition was suspended in mid-March because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic .

“The draw we are looking at is a 12-week competition, 10 weeks of regular round matches and depending on the number of teams, work out how many games per week there.'” RA general manager of professional rugby services Ben Whitaker said.

“The Sunwolves, at the moment would be located in either New South Wales or Queensland.”

The four-nation Rugby Championship which is due to commence in August, will be pushed back, though SANZAAR officials are still hoping it wil l be staged.

“The international travel restrictions in South Africa and Argentina have been strengthened in the last couple of weeks and you will see that both of those nations at least won’t have any restrictions lifted until September,,’ Whitaker said.

ADVERTISEMENT

He said regular discussions were being held between SANZAAR, the Six Nations and World Rugby to try to get Test rugby played this year.

The Rugby Championship apart, there are also major tours that need to be crammed into what could be a packed schedule in the second half of 2020.

Australia have three home Tests in July, two against Ireland and one versus Fiji that could be rescheduled to October with the Wallabies down to contest three spring tour Tests in Europe in November.

Super Rugby players returned to their headquarters on Monday and will train in groups of no more than ten from Tuesday.

ADVERTISEMENT

“There will be temperature checks performed before entering any training facilities, th e players and staff have to accept appropriate cleaning responsibilities,” RA’s chief medical officer Dr Warren McDonald said.

“‘We will have some further education sessions with the players and the staff in coming weeks and as we move closer to playing. there will be specific education around things like how we travel to games.

“We’re looking at charter flights, how do we catch a bus to a game and how do we actually manage the stadiums.”

RA has strongly recommended players get flu jabs, but has not made it mandatory, though it’s believed the vast majority have already had a shot.

RA has submitted its policy on the issue and return to play protocols to all the states who have teams set to play in the new Super Rugby competition.

Officials are allowing for between four and six weeks of contact work before the competition starts.

RELATED VIEWING:

Video Spacer

Related Articles

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of...

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate...

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    'Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting...

ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    John Leslie's unbelievable 1999 try was the fastest ever scored from kick off in Test rugby

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    It's 30 years since France scored that epic 'Try of the Century' from beneath their posts

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Amazing acrobatic skills set up early try in Pro D2 Friday night clash

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Arguably the most insane three minutes of Fijian rugby history

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Jonny Wilkinson's iconic performance that ripped Ireland apart in 2002

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 11 HOURS AGO

    Nicolas Sanchez ends up in tears after Red Card against Toulon

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Re-live the utter madness that unfolded late in the 2009 Challenge Cup final

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: The HUGE Currie Cup hit South African fans have been raving about

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Ex-internationals discuss unfortunate forearm incident which left Tonga international motionless

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Brutal reaction to eye gouging leads to HUGE ban for Gloucester flanker

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    The aggressive Faf de Klerk tackling technique that draws comparisons to a snake

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Eben Etzebeth puts the world on notice with surprising positional switch

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    James Haskell defends McDonald's role in latest YouTube rant

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Re-live THE Mike Phillips Six Nations try which still angers Irish fans to this day

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Fijian winger cops heavy ban after that referee lifting incident that went viral and blew up his phone

View All

Funnies

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Fijian wing who lifted a referee like Lion King now faces a disciplinary hearing

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Referee JP Doyle reacts to hilarious moment red card was dished out after bizarre celebration

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Without doubt one of the funniest red cards in the history of rugby

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Nigel Owens produces comedy gold by forgetting crucial piece of kit during Pro14 clash

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    The VERY BEST examples of when rugby players celebrate too early

View All

Amateur

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 50 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 50 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 50 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he announced his retirement

View All
Australia has a plan in place and look set for their own Super Rugby restart in early July | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos