The French Rugby Federation decided this Friday, at the end of its Federal Bureau, that competitions at the amateur level are stopped due to the health situation.
The French Rugby Federation (FFR) announced on Friday the cessation of amateur rugby competitions “in their official format” for the 2020-2021 season due to the health context, without climbs or relegations, except for those benefiting from a derogation . The federal office of the FFR in particular decided to “freeze the climbs and descents for all levels, except those which have obtained an exemption from the ministry in charge of sports”.
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At the end of October, amateur competitions had been suspended to prevent the spread of Covid-19. In December, the clubs were allowed to resume training but without contact. At the beginning of January, the Men’s National (3rd division), which benefits from a derogation, had been able to resume. “The strong will of the Federation is to promote the resumption of the practice as soon as possible, by the beginning of the summer”, wrote the FFR in a press release.
“This resumption of practice remains possible through friendly meetings and all kinds of platforms,” she said. Until further notice, training should “be maintained and promoted in stage 3 (possibility of making passes, editor’s note)” in order to allow “the continuity of the practice of all of our licensees under the sanitary conditions imposed by the authorities ”, explained the FFR.