RFU pleads for re­turn of grass roots to pre­vent lost gen­er­a­tion of play­ers

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Rugby Union - By Daniel Schofield

DEPUTY RUGBY UNION COR­RE­SPON­DENT

ev­ery so of­ten you are al­lowed to ac­cel­er­ate. We are watch­ing the Scot­tish ap­proach very care­fully and we will be hav­ing di­a­logue about what their ev­i­dence is based on.

“For rugby to re­turn, the risk ap­petite of the Gov­ern­ment has to in­crease. A bit like they have done in some other ar­eas, like in ed­u­ca­tion, they have got to the point where they say crack on.”

The con­se­quences of English club rugby be­ing moth­balled for months on end could be se­vere. Ross­lyn Park, the Na­tional League One side, had to can­cel their fa­mous Schools and Flood­lit Sevens se­ries. God­dard says they are keep­ing their heads above wa­ter, but many other clubs have had to launch crowd­fund­ing ap­peals and now do­na­tions are dry­ing up.

More se­ri­ous is the risk to the play­ing num­bers, which God­dard says poses an ex­is­ten­tial threat to rugby’s fu­ture.

“A lot of peo­ple will walk away

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