There will be no official competitive rugby for the semi-professional game this season, after the NCA agreed to cancel the proposed Cup competition that was scheduled to begin once lockdown restrictions were eased.
Henley RFC are supportive of the decision made, and whilst it is clearly disappointing news, we need to look at the safety of our players, coaches, volunteers and spectators, which is paramount at this moment in time.
The Club will work towards planning for the 2021/22 season, and when restrictions ease we can look to re-start our rugby activities in accordance with the RFU Return to Play guidelines. This will include Touch Rugby, Rugby X, specific skills, fitness and conditioning exercises.
The Clubs management committee will meet shortly to discuss the impact on the Club and the way forward, and will update all members, stakeholders and sponsors in due course. We would like to reiterate our sincere gratitude and thanks to everyone who has supported the the Club during these unprecedented times.
NCA chairman John Inverdale admitted there was a certain inevitability about the decision: ‘With every re-tiering and subsequent tightening of restrictions, it was getting harder to envisage the NCA cup getting off the ground.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we’ve made the call because there was a huge amount of enthusiasm for the idea, but ultimately we’ve had to concede defeat."