BC Rugby Responds to June 14 PHO Update

BC set to move into Step 2 of Restart Plan from June 15th, 2021.

Following the official statement released on the BC Government website on Monday and the updated PHO, we are excited that so much more Rugby will now be possible this summer.

With the publication of the updated PHO, BC Rugby has updated its Return to Rugby Plan, which also adopts World Rugby’s Competition Ready guidelines that outlines a training framework to prepare players for the resumption of contact Rugby matches.

View the updated Return to Rugby Plan

For BC clubs that contest Fall-Spring seasons, we are on schedule to return to contact Rugby this Fall with clubs able to commence training as early as August 1st, 2021 following World Rugby’s Competition guidelines.

For Northern BC and Interior clubs that contest summer seasons, we anticipate a return to contact Rugby this July.

However, to avoid chopping and changing, we remain in Phase 3 of the Return to Rugby Plan (known as Rugby Restarted) and anticipate moving into Phase 4 (Returning to Contact) from July 1st, 2021 at the earliest.

The updated PHO and Return to Rugby Plan does introduce some changes to Phase 3, namely:

The use of tackle shields and bags is now permitted.

Until further notice, each sporting venue is limited to a maximum of 50 spectators (this is in addition to a maximum of 50 participants). Physical distancing between households must be facilitated and attendance of all spectators recorded (including two points of contact – e.g. email address and cell number).

People can now enjoy Rugby at more than one venue: for example, a Masters player can play with the Masters club and also play or coach at another club.

All Clubs must have Phase 3 COVID Safety Plans sanctioned by BC Rugby before they can deliver the following:

What Can Be Delivered in Phase 3 Rugby Restarted

Outdoor Rugby activities only

Maximum 50 participants

Maximum 50 spectators in compliance with PHO – physical distancing required

Non-contact Rugby activities only

No use of changerooms, washrooms only

No physical distancing required during intra-Club training and games

No equipment restrictions – disinfect before and after use

Attestation prior to attendance

Sanctioned Clubs must follow their Sanctioned Phase 3 COVID Safety Plans. If you need further support or require sanctioning, please email Marga Sison at msison@bcrugby.com or phone 604.737.3065 ext. 1005.

We can’t wait to see you back safely on the pitch this summer.

While we await updated PHO, BC Rugby anticipates a safe and successful delivery of High-Performance Summer Camps and Touch Rugby leagues throughout summer building up to what we hope will be a return to contact Rugby season this Fall.

We are currently on track to safely deliver all four of our High-Performance Summer Camps throughout the Province this July. The camps offer elite coaching for male and female athletes born 2002-2006 and take place in Surrey (Fraser Valley), Kelowna (Interior), Vancouver (Vancouver Coastal) and Mill Bay (Vancouver Island).

Spaces at each camp are limited – don’t miss out! Sign up now.

Adult and Youth Touch Leagues are also available in BC – visit our Touch Rugby Leagues section for more information or to sign-up for a Touch League near you!