Premiership clubs face the threat of deductions of up to 10 points if players or staff fail to adhere to strict guidelines to prevent more coronavirus disruption.
Days after England cricketer Jofra Archer was disciplined and criticised for breaching protocols, it has emerged that rugby players will face tough sanctions if they don’t follow instructions.
Sources have indicated that there will be ‘serious consequences’ for anyone flouting the orders and extreme offences will incur a severe penalty of up to 10 points, along with fines and the possibility of individual bans.
Months after Premiership Rugby set out to be the ‘first sport back on TV’, clubs are gradually preparing for a return to action, with fixtures set to resume from August 14. It has taken such a monumental effort to satisfy myriad safety criteria that league officials are desperate to avert avoidable setbacks.
Measures will particularly apply to teams playing away from home.
It is understood that players will not share hotel rooms when overnight stays are required and squads will travel in several coaches to ensure adequate distancing. All of those in travelling club groups will be ordered to avoid contact with anyone outside their ‘bubble’ during the away trips.
Meanwhile, World Rugby confirmed on Wednesday that there is due to be a revised Test window from October 24 until December 5 to play rescheduled Six Nations games followed by an eight-team tournament in Europe, along with a full Rugby Championship campaign in New Zealand.