Category: Coronavirus Lockdown

Spartans getting ready for a return to rugby

As the Spartans get ready to train all together again from March 29th following the national lockdowns, we thought we’d catch up with some of the team to find out what they’ve been up to during lockdown and what they’ve been doing to help the rest of the squads get ready for their return.

Our first video focuses on Neil Gallagher from the 1XV, who, as a professional personal trainer, was asked to keep our players fit whilst we’ve been away through his series of Zoom PT sessions designed for rugby players of all shapes and sizes and all disciplines.  You may have caught some of them when they were livestreamed on Facebook and saved on YouTube.

Neil tells us what it was like to lead the sessions and how he’s looking forward to getting back to face-to-face rugby practice after all this time.

The sessions will continue at 7:30pm on Tuesdays until April 6th for anyone to join in – as the return to training looms.

You can find out more about Pyramid Performance and Neil’s personal training services at or by messaging Neil on Facebook or Instagram @neilgallaghertraining

Covid-19 Club Update

Updated Friday 23rd October

Information for players attending Rugby Union Practice / O2 Touch Rugby training during Tier 3.

We remain at Stage D on the Roadmap.

RFU guidance as well as Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidelines and our local authority instructions are all being monitored. Where local lockdown restrictions are in place, specific local authority guidelines can overide RFU rules.  We will inform you of any changes to how training should take place, as a matter of priority, upon learning of any new changes to training.

Whilst we are still allowed to play as per previous weeks, it might be worth remembering that not all members of the public may be aware that we ARE carefully following all the rules and so, may misinterpret what they may happen to see at our training sessions – especially Saturday morning sessions.

To maintain your own health and safety and that of your fellow Spartans, please remember to:

  • Maintain (1-2m) between your fellow players during breaks in play
  • Space out your kit and bags to help maintain social distancing at the end of sessions
  • Bring your own drink and not share one with others
  • Avoid lift sharing with people not in a bubble with you
  • Consider wearing a mask (even outdoors) when arriving and departing 
  • Wash or sanitise your hands throughout the training session – you will be reminded to do so
  • Ensure that you’ve completed the Spartans’ online Covid Self-Assesment form BEFORE arrival.
  • Make sure you are registered upon arrival and have your temperature checked, by one of the coaches

For your reference, it’s worth noting that in the event a player, coach or volunteer tests positive for Covid-19, including retrospective cases, the case needs to be registered via a Positive Test Notification Form.

This info is needed to allow the RFU to monitor the number of confirmed positive Covid-19 tests occurring in clubs and ensure clubs have the appropriate support.  

The form need ONLY be completed if the player attended training in the 48 hours prior to the date of onset of symptoms or of the date the positive test was taken, and/or if the player had symptoms any time up to 10 days after their last attendance.

If you test positive for Covid-19, we would ask that you inform the club Medical Officer by email, in confidence, here.  We’re also here to help players on and off the pitch.  #MORETHANRUGBY

Please also remember that you can email us to discuss any concerns or raise any questions confidentially with the Rugby Return and Welfare Support Team at the club.

Thanks for everyone’s adherence to all these rules and regs – it’s really helping us to keep training together.


Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director at the RFU, provides an update on the RFU’s continuing plans to get rugby returned. 


You will soon be able to buy your choice of Spartan Face Mask from our online store. Details will be provided on Facebook.

Returning to training


The club will be releasing some information about our own return to rugby following the successful, measured and limited restart of O2 Touch Rugby training on Mondays for existing members.

Meanwhile, you can catch up on the RFU’s guidance below and also view Sale Sports Club’s latest newsletter about reopening here.

The RFU Return to Rugby roadmap consists of six stages, Stage A relating to individual training with one other person, moving through to Stage F when there can be a return to competitive matches against other teams. We are currently at Stage B following the government’s announcement of 28 May.

A roadmap infographic and more detailed guidance has been produced to clarify the six stages of the roadmap.

The return to rugby roadmap is available to download as a pdf.

Timescales to allow progression between stages will be carefully managed and will be determined by medical and government advice. Regular updates will be issued by the RFU, along with detailed guidance, as each progression takes place.

“A great amount of work has been undertaken since rugby was suspended in March to align the various stages of social distancing announced by the government with our decision making focused on the best interests of players, volunteers and clubs,” said RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney.

“When considering the roadmap for a return to community rugby, we were aware that some clubs wanted to get back quicker than others as a major concern of clubs is to retain their players and preserve their revenue streams.  We also recognise that other sports may return quicker in England and that rugby may return quicker in other countries.  However, we will stay focused on what is right for rugby in England.

“Whilst we are keen to have rugby being played and members returning to their clubs, we need to be cautious and will therefore only move from one stage to another when guidance and advice says that it is safe to do so.

“There are many implications of a staged return to play, including the impact on the competitive programme, rugby activity in clubs, schools, colleges and universities and also the use of club houses and indoor facilities. We remain committed to addressing these challenges in the run up to the 20/21 season.”