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.


Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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