Premiership unlikely to resume in early July after clubs delay return to training

  • Owners agree to wait until squads are allowed to train together
  • Finishing regular season and play-offs by August now doubtful

Premiership Rugby’s plan to resume the season at the beginning of July and play the league season to its play-off final conclusion is looking unlikely after a decision to delay a return to training for at least another two weeks.

The players have been at home for two months and hoped to return to non-contact training in small groups this week after the government gave permission as long as a number of health and safety protocols were observed in what it called step one.

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