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Premiership Rugby targets August return

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Premiership Rugby has this morning confirmed it is targeting Saturday, August 15 for the resumption of Gallagher Premiership Rugby.

At a board meeting last night, the target restart date was agreed following the announcement earlier this week that Premiership Rugby clubs can move to Stage 1: Elite Sport Return to Training.

Darren Childs, chief executive of Premiership Rugby, 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 15 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. Bearing that in mind, we look forward to the restart of the season.”

The structure of the 2019/20 season will follow in due course.