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