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The WRU has lifted its suspension of all rugby training in Caerphilly County Borough.
All parts of the game were suspended in full at the start of the national lockdown and training, under strict protocols, was allowed back in August.
However, the WRU put a stop to training at all levels when Caerphilly was put into a local lockdown on September 8.
In a statement published on September 29 it said its rationale for suspending rugby in areas of local lockdown is to stop people from mixing, transmitting the virus and putting extra burden on health services.
The WRU statement said: “The temporary suspension of community rugby in Caerphilly has now been lifted with immediate effect following regular reviews of the situation there and three weeks after a local lockdown was imposed.
“Clubs and teams of all ages in the area may now return to training within the current return to rugby guidelines if they feel they can provide a safe environment for players, coaches and volunteers.
“We have taken a number of factors into account when reviewing this situation including local intelligence around rugby clubs, the trend of coronavirus in the local authority and importantly, we have consulted club operations managers and volunteers from all of Caerphilly’s rugby clubs.
“We will continue to review the temporary suspensions imposed in other local authorities where local lockdowns are in place until the conditions are such that rugby can safely resume. Clubs then have the choice whether to return to training and will be supported by the WRU whether they choose to re-open or not.”
The WRU added that while there is no ‘blueprint’ to answer the challenges Covid-19 has created, there is no desire to stop people playing rugby or to stop children from being active.
The WRU’s community director Geraint John said: “We know community rugby is a hugely important factor in the health and wellbeing of our players, coaches, volunteers and supporters.
“Our intention throughout has been to manage a return to rugby that is safe and sustainable in the long-term. We are grateful for the support of the clubs in helping us to do this.
“We know clubs in the Caerphilly area will be thrilled to get back to rugby training within the current guidelines and we will continue to review the situation in all other areas where community rugby is currently suspended.”