Target date set for Rugby Union return

By Casey O'Connor

The Downs Rugby Union has set a July 18 target for their 2020 competition kick off and the Warwick Water Rats are ready and raring to go when they get the final go ahead.

Like many other community sports the Rugby Union fraternity welcomed the announcement by the Queensland Government to bring forward Stage Two of the easing of restrictions.

Although a return to rugby will usher in a very different season Andrew Williams, President of the Warwick club is confident the club and volunteers are ready to handle the necessary requirements.

The club remains on track to return to training once the Rugby Union Covid Safe Plan is given the green light by the State’s Chief Health Officer.

In preparation for the return to the paddock each club must register a Covid Safe Officer with Downs Rugby Union and attend an on line training webinar this Saturday (June 6).

General Manager of Darling Downs Rugby Union Matt Hammond concedes that the road ahead is not going to be easy. At least three clubs have indicated they will not play this season however Hammond says there is solid interest in a shortened competition. The DDRA will run an A & B Grade competition as well as a women’s competition.

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