COAST RUGBY LEAGUE TO ENTER ‘PREPARE TO PLAY’ PERIOD
TRAINING TO RE-COMMENCE.
Wingham Park action
PHOTO: McBride Vision files
On Friday, New Zealand Rugby League will enter the ‘Prepare to Play’ phase for a minimum of three weeks, in light of yesterday’s announcement that gathering numbers permitted for grassroots sport will increase to 100 people come lunchtime Friday.
During the ‘Prepare to Play’ phase, rugby league contact and non-contact training is permitted only for clubs that can abide by the Government health and safety and gathering requirements.
WCRL President Brad Tacon told McBride Vision local clubs could start training but have to follow safety guidelines set out by the government.
"Coast League can not emphasis the importance of these rules being strictly followed," he said.
Competition rugby league remains postponed during this three-week ‘Prepare to Play’ period as NZRL liaises with the WCRL Schoolboys committee and board of control aiming to re-commence with competition rugby league on Saturday, June 20.
It is important to note the further three-week postponement of competitive rugby league provides time for players to condition their bodies from light training through to full contact, minimising risk of injury after a long hiatus, as player safety remains paramount.
NZRL also stresses the fact that clubs should not rush to return to training if they are not ready and continue to use this ‘Prepare to Play’ period to properly ensure their facility can abide by all mandatory health requirements.
The ‘Prepare to Play’ period is the second phase of a three-phased approach return to rugby league; Get Ready, Prepare to Play and Return to Play. This approach is based on the Government recommendation of a considered return to community sport.