Return to play: COVID-19

Current Public Health Orders

Updated Tuesday 23 June 2020

NSW Rugby can now advise that in line with NSW Public Health advice teams may commence contact training.  Training groups however must have a maximum of 20 persons and Clubs must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.

Contact in groups may involve tackling, rucks, mauls, lineouts and/or scrums. It is recommended that contact training sessions are initially limited to 15 minutes. 

Attached are documents showing Return to Live Scrums and Return to Contact session plans which may assist coaches.

Download the Safety Plan

Normal Covid-19 protocols must still be followed as regards health and hygiene requirements.

It must be stressed that any person displaying symptoms of Corona virus or even mild symptoms such as cough, sore throat, fever and/or shortness of breath MUST NOT attend and must seek medical attention.



Updated 13 June 2020

Commencing Monday 1 June 2020, the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 3) 2020 contains directions on gatherings and use of premises. The order specifies limitations on the number of persons on certain premises and restrictions and conditions for these premises including where a COVID-19 safety plan is required.

The 'Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) (No 3) Amendment Order 2020' details the following easing of restrictions:

Indoor and Outdoor gathering sizes have been increased to 20 people.

Indoor recreation facilities are permitted a maximum of one person per four square metres within the facility. Any class or organised event provided at the facility must have not more than 20 persons participating (not including persons conducting or assisting in the conduct of the class or event or parents, guardians and carers of persons participating). Facility operators must have a ‘COVID-19 Safety Plan

Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pools are permitted a maximum of one person per four square metres within the facility. Facility operators must have a ‘COVID-19 Safety Plan

Compliance with the Public Health Order is the responsibility of the occupier or operator of the premises.


Further information and resources in relation to COVID-19 are available via Rugby Australia

Access here


A reminder that if you have a case of COVID-19 at your club please follow these guidelines.

Access here


We are aware that some Local Councils are not yet permitting sports training/hiring of their facilities.  If you think NSWRU can assist please contact your Competition Administrator (93233300).   NSW Rugby will ensure that any changes that impact our sport are appropriately communicated to all stakeholders and we will provide an update as further restrictions are eased.

The most important thing is that all rugby players in NSW stay healthy.  Please follow the guidelines so that we can play our part in moving NSW towards the further easing of restrictions in the weeks to come.  If you haven’t already please download the COVIDSafe App.  Thank you for your patience and we look forward to your support as we work through the return to play process.


Your training set-up will look like this

Print out these guidelines