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Premiership Rugby announces plan for 15th August return

Getty ImagesPremiership Rugby, English rugby union's top flight, has announced plans to resume its 2019/20 season on 15th August. Fixtures were initially shelved for five weeks in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with play indefinitely suspended on 8th April. But Premiership Rugby has repeatedly outlined its intention to finish the season and, with sports across the country returning, the target date of 15th August was agreed at a board meeting on 4th June evening. Six Nations could adopt home-and-away format next year, says RFU chiefThe decision was taken in the wake of Premiership and second-tier Championship clubs being given provisional authorisation to begin non-contact training, with the structure of the 2019/20 season to follow in due course. Premiership Rugby chief executive Darren Childs said: “Nothing will happen until it is safe to do so but we will do everything we can to resume the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership Rugby campaign on Saturday 15th August. “We won’t take risks with people’s health, and rugby has unique challenges due to levels of proximity and impact, but with a number of clubs moving to Stage 1, it is important for us to give players, coaches and clubs clarity on when they can look to return.

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