Everything is going to have to change as a result of Coronapop. Even the Old Farts at the Rugby Football Union finally agree with that, although unbelievably they are still planning to finish the 2019/2020 season.
They have just issued some new guidelines to allow clubs to start players training while still “social distancing”.
- players will be required to wear masks🤡
- and gloves 🧤🧤
- and keep 1.5 meters apart 🏃🏽♂️ 🏃
I am not sure they have properly thought this through. Why can rugby players stand closer together than people in a Tesco queue? Even with these new rules, line-outs will only be able to have six players on each side and no lifting will be allowed. There will also probably have to be a Perspex screen down the middle of the line-out to stop the players coming together when jumping for the ball.
Scrums will be even more difficult —— all that heavy breathing will definitely need additional ventilation. The steam that rises from scrums could have a massive viral load, so after each scrum all forwards will need to be tested for Coronapop and be substituted if they test positive for Coronapop.
One final flaw in this new RFU protocol is that players will have to have their temperature checked before the start of training and presumably at regular throughout a game. If they exceed the normal range, they will then have to be quarantined for 14 days and so will anyone who has come into contact with them. 😡😡😡😡😡
These new guidelines should finally put an end to the season !