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North One / Restart of training...
« on: Yesterday at 08:39:55 AM »
I'm sure some clubs have already started but Scarborough are starting training on Tuesday in the required small groups.
Didn't seem any point in starting too early...

Anyone underway or due to be soon?

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Other Senior Rugby / Re: RFU return to Rugby Conference structure
« on: June 28, 2020, 08:20:56 PM »
Ill go November...

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Other Senior Rugby / Re: RFU return to Rugby Conference structure
« on: June 28, 2020, 06:56:26 AM »
I think the possible start dates are 1st September...1st November and 1st January.

Let's hope a second wave doesn't prevent a 1st November start...I think 1st September highly unlikely bordering on impossible.

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Other Senior Rugby / Re: Sheffield rugby club looking for players
« on: June 20, 2020, 10:11:19 PM »
How much a match? Might be worth saying to recruit the highest class of player...

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Other Senior Rugby / Re: Hornsea Return to Yorkshire League!
« on: June 16, 2020, 11:22:12 PM »
A good news story to celebrate at a time of little to celebrate...

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North One / Re: West Yorkshire attacking N1
« on: June 15, 2020, 07:01:55 AM »
It's always hard to judge the difference between divisions for obvious reasons.....if I had to make a call, I would say the gap between Y1 and N1E is the smallest in years.

At the risk of upsetting some people, I think the standard in N1E and Y1 has been dropping for about 5 years...no idea why. I think back to some of quality sides and players in Y1 between 5 and 10 years ago and can't help thinking we are not quite at that level at the moment.

As for the two clubs coming up, they will both be top 6 in their first season i predict.

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Other Senior Rugby / John Clayton
« on: June 02, 2020, 08:56:25 AM »
Sad news that John Clayton of Hull has died over the weekend following a heart attack. John is known to most of us through his involvement in refereeing and recently refereeing assessment. It was a lovely chap who will probably be known at most clubs.

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North One / Re: No rugby till 2021?
« on: May 25, 2020, 07:35:09 AM »
It seems that limited contact is allowed now but I believe only at an elite level...  However good news and one to monitor.


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North One / Re: No rugby till 2021?
« on: May 13, 2020, 07:28:27 AM »
HMG is publishing a document today outlining a roadmap back for sport. I'm not sure if it is just professional sport or all sport but it might give us an indication.

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North One / Re: No rugby till 2021?
« on: May 10, 2020, 08:27:40 PM »
11 now!

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North One / Re: No rugby till 2021?
« on: May 09, 2020, 10:42:32 PM »
Another glass of Pinotage maybe...

Not for me....I'm lockdown "dry" for 10 days now!

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North One / Re: No rugby till 2021?
« on: May 09, 2020, 09:27:29 PM »
A vaccine wont be allowed until proven to be safe. I agree its the best way to go but fear that it wont be in anybodys xmas stocking in 2020 for that "safety proven" reason. As one of the first in the queue I would be delighted to be proven wrong but fear I will have to continue indoors for much longer than 12 weeks or take a decision on a risk assessment basis and get back out and about. Fingers crossed.

The Oxford vaccine has already been proven safe..hence it being injected into hundreds of people. The issue isn't safety it's effectiveness....and that can only.be proved by trialists not contracting the virus during a period of high transmission. Our peak has well passed now so that is a counterintuitive problem....and in either case there is no way of proving effectiveness without time. With all the money in the world you can't prove a vaccine works in a month unless you are prepared to subject the samples to the virus...which the western world won't do. (However China might!)... So best case scenario is 6 months and that is hoping that none of the C-19 vaccine trialists contracts the illness AND some of the control trialists do (the ones who have the meningitis vaccine).

Hope that makes sense. So best case is autumn. All of that is based on comments from that wonderful Professor lady from Oxford (Gilbert?)...I'm not pretending to be any expert.


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North One / Re: No rugby till 2021?
« on: May 08, 2020, 07:13:39 AM »
Only my opinion, and believe me I am no scientist, but as long as any "Social Distancing" measures are in place, surely it is impossible for any amateur contact sport to resume. Forget opening clubhouses and supporters spending money over the bar (the financial lifeline of most grassroots clubs). Scrums, lineouts, mauls, tackles will be breaking any "Measures" still in place. Not wanting to be negative but until the number of new cases is down to hundreds a day and not the current 4,000-6,000 I simply cannot see us starting again. Everything crossed I am wrong but I am just trying to be realistic. For the record my wife and I have not been past the garden gates for 44 days now so feel we are not in danger at the moment other than from the possibility of being charged with attempted murder!!
Stay safe everyone and see you sometime, hopefully soon.

I share all of your concerns. We have become more pessimistic about a start to rugby anytime soon. Certainly this coming season isn't going to be "normal".

I think things are improving quicker than it seems in the community but hospital and care home transmissions seems stubbornly high.

I agree that we probably need infection rates down to the 100's before we can really relax...


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North One / Re: No rugby till 2021?
« on: May 06, 2020, 08:44:18 AM »
I think FA, RFU and ECB meeting HMG this week so we might some indication soon...

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Other Senior Rugby / Re: Fixtures
« on: May 05, 2020, 02:59:17 PM »
Yes I agree. I think we all accept that 2020/2021 season is not likely to be "normal"..... therefore at least some indication of how fixtures could possibly work at different start pojnts (even if just in principle) would be useful to know.

If for no other reason than to start a discussion and see if other ideas could be thrown into the pot...

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