West Norfolk Rugby Club edges closer to match return
It's been a long time coming, but a return to competitive action is edging closer for West Norfolk Rugby Club.
Players were back out on the pitch at Gatehouse Lane, North Wootton for the first time since the end of the second coronavirus lockdown last Thursday evening.
The session was the first of three social touch rugby events planned before Christmas. The second was due to take place last night, after the Lynn News went to press.
Mini and junior training sessions also resumed at the weekend.
And there is further cause for optimism after the Rugby Football Union was given the go-ahead for friendly matches to take place from next Friday, December 18. Contact training is also permitted.
However, the game is likely to look different with no scrums or mauls and free kicks being awarded where the game would normally restart with a scrum.
A minimum of five players from each side, and a maximum of seven, will be required to form a line-out.
With the league programme below Championship level already scrapped for this season, West officials had indicated they were looking to arrange friendly fixtures early in the new year.
But one option may be the development of a regional mini-league involving fixtures against teams such as Diss, Ipswich, Southwold and Stowmarket.