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Dual Reg Shelved on Medical Grounds

THE decision to put dual-registration regulations on-hold for a 2021 Betfred Championship and Betfred League One season that will inevitably be built into Covid-19 guidelines means clubs will be building their squads accordingly.

The dual-reg system has been temporarily abolished as part of plans for the Championship and League One to start up again next year (see latest statement from the RFL).

It has been shelved on medical grounds and the need for players to avoid entering different club environments each week.

The same one-club-only regulation also applies in 2021 to the loan system which is still available to clubs but will be less attractive to a lot of full-time Super League players, who won’t be allowed to train with their parent club if they go out on loan. Super League clubs too are more likely to frown on letting players go out on loan if they are not able to have access to them on a day-to-day basis.

The combined effect of all this is likely to result in a significant reduction in the number of ‘borrowed’ players appearing each week in games beneath Super League.

It naturally follows that clubs in tiers two and three will be conscious of the requirement to recruit more extensively.

Another Covid-caused decision will also have repercussions across the three tiers.

There will be no reserve-team rugby in 2021 and although that will mainly apply directly to Super League clubs, the repercussions could spill over to the benefit of clubs lower down the ladder.

Apart from the very obvious factor that players graduating from academy rugby to reserve-team rugby have nowhere to go, even those who still qualify for academies face the dilemma of spending the year at that level or sacrificing full-time training to have a crack on loan at senior rugby in the Championship or in League One.

It all makes for an intriguing situation as clubs and players at all levels face up to new issues caused by Covid-19.


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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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