Training delay for Saints and fellow Premiership clubs

Saints are not set to return to any form of training at Franklin's Gardens for at least two weeks after it was decided that more time was needed to ensure players, staff and officials could return to a safe environment.

By Tom Vickers
Thursday, 21st May 2020, 5:39 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st May 2020, 5:40 pm
It will be some time yet before action returns to Franklin's Gardens
It will be some time yet before action returns to Franklin's Gardens

The decision was made at a meeting of the Professional Game Board, which was held earlier today.

It incorporated representatives of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby, Rugby Players Association (RPA) and Championship clubs.

Chris Booy, Professional Game Board Chair, said: “A meeting of the Professional Game Board was held today (21/05/20) which incorporates representatives of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Premiership Rugby, Rugby Players Association (RPA) and Championship Clubs.

“The group agreed that although a huge amount of work is being undertaken to enable a safe return to training for Premiership clubs, more time was needed to ensure that players, staff and officials can return to a safe training environment, and that is not expected to be in place for a minimum of two weeks.

“Safety and welfare remains of paramount importance to all of us in the rugby community, and we look forward to the season resuming when it is safe to do so.

“Further updates on progress will be made in due course.”