CLUB and school rugby will not return to competition until at least next January.
Last Friday the Scottish Rugby’s board supported a recommendation by the Scottish Rugby council to delay the planned return to competitive rugby.
This is at all levels of the club and school game.
The announcement by the Scottish government to pause all outdoor contact sport for over 18s, with the exception of professional sport, until Sunday, October 25 in five regional health boards, means Scottish Rugby’s timetable to progress its own Return to Rugby road-map will be further delayed.
As a consequence of Scottish Rugby remaining at Stage 4 of its roadmap for a further period of time, the resumption of competitive rugby from the intended date of October 31 was deemed no longer feasible.
So all domestic rugby is faced with no matches, at home or away, until at least next January, right in the middle of winter.
The Langholm club is disappointed with this latest delay but fully understands the reasons, based on the current levels of COVID-19, experienced in the central belt and other areas.
The ongoing safety of players, officials and members is, of course, paramount for the club at this time.