As we boldly continue our journey into the unknown, the RFU has announced government agreement for the community game to jump from Stage A to Stage E on the “Return to Rugby” roadmap. This means that, from Wednesday 2 December, all parts of the community game are able to move to “adapted contact” training with friendly 15-a-side inter-club matches to be permitted under adapted Laws from 18 December, in advance of the start of some form of 15-a-side structured rugby – again under adapted Laws – in the New Year.

The temporary Law changes that underpin the return to 15-a-side …

We bring the sad news that Peter (“Salty”) Hodge passed away on Tuesday morning in Manorlands after a short illness. A quiet, unassuming, man, Peter was happier in the background but many people at Wharfedale will have played in the lower teams under his management and he will be greatly missed. Mick Greenwood recalls that Salty assisted David Paling with the 4th and 5th teams and took over management of the 5th team after David retired. His duties involved selection and contacting players (as always a thankless and time-consuming task), running touch and, most importantly, baby-sitting Mick’s three children and …

The club AGM was held virtually by Zoom on Thursday 12 November. Chairman Robert Fort reported that, despite the pressures of Covid-19, the club is in good shape and we are looking forward to being able to return to rugby. Robert’s report to the AGM can be read by clicking here.

In the formal business of the AGM, John Spencer was re-elected as President, Alex Howarth as treasurer and Philip Eddleston as secretary. The general committee were re-elected en bloc, subject to changes already in hand with Claire Gains, Steven Rhodes and Stephen Brake all having stood down during …

The RFU has issued further guidance regarding the Return to Rugby. This is repeated below however the key messages are:- 

  1. All community rugby activity (adult and junior/Age Grade) is suspended until the 2nd of December at the earliest and we are back to where we were in March at Stage A on the Return to Rugby Roadmap. 
  2. RFU will issue proposals for a voluntary competition based on local clusters next Friday the 13th of November. 

RFU Statement 4 November 2020. 

Parliament has today voted in favour of the Government’s national lockdown proposals aimed at curbing the increase in Covid-19 cases

The RFU has today issued a statement on Government lockdown restrictions. This can be viewed at

In essence, club rugby will continue at Stage D until a further announcement is made on Tuesday next.

In the meantime, please respect any local Tier restrictions in place that affect your home area when planning to attend the Club.

Non-playing users of the Club’s facilities are also affected by the lockdown & are being contacted separately by the Club to update them of the current circumstances.

Thank you to all players, coaches, staff, parents, carers, visitors & volunteers for your ongoing co-operation …

On Friday the RFU announced the cancellation of the 2020/21 league season at all levels below the Championship. Whilst disappointing for the game as a whole, this decision is not unexpected given rising Covid-19 infection levels and the difficulties posed by a shortened season.

The NCA (representing the 48 clubs in the National Leagues) had already taken soundings from clubs and concluded that a half season of 15 matches (based on a possible January start) would not be a fair basis for determining league promotion and relegation and has been investigating alternative competition formats for a shortened season. The full …

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