RL Academy players set for return to training

Academy systems throughout professional Rugby League can return to training from Monday, March 8, but there will be no formal competition this year, according to the BBC.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 10:05 am
Rugby Football League chief on-field officer Dave Rotheram

All British age-group competition was suspended, after the outbreak of coronavirus in 2020, leaving many young players unable to complete the season.

However, It is hoped that clubs in Super League and the Championship can arrange alternatives to provide game time and further details will be discussed before the return to training.

"This is another big step in the right direction for our Talent Pathway," Rugby Football League chief on-field officer Dave Rotheram told the BBC.

He added: ''It has been a long time coming and everybody connected with the academy game - players, clubs, coaches - is keen to get down to business and make up for lost time.

"It won't be plain sailing and we have to tread carefully, especially in respect of player welfare.

"Covid-19 continues to present considerable logistical challenges and young players will need time to adjust to a return to collision sport."