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Scrums decision deferred

There will be no immediate return of scrums to domestic Rugby League, but the issue will be considered again in one month’s time.

That decision was made by the RFL’s Laws Committee at its meeting on 2 June, which took place against the backdrop of an uncertain public health situation.

Medical and scientific evidence regarding protracted close contact were key when the initial decision was made to suspend scrums from the restart of the 2020 season.

In deciding to defer a decision, the committee considered the level of risk against the potential impact on fixtures across the Betfred Super League, Championship and League 1.

Scrums remain in the International Laws of the game and will feature in the Rugby League World Cup in the autumn.

The committee will, however, seek RFL Board approval to remove the recently-introduced ball steal law with effect from the start of the 2022 season. Members were unanimous in their view that the law be rolled back to its 2021 interpretation and that the RFL should lobby the International Rugby League for the law’s removal from the international game from 2022.

In attendance at the meeting were: Ralph Rimmer (Chair); Robert Hicks (Secretary); Chris Chester (Head coaches); Laura Fairbank (RFL Head of Medical); Steve Ganson (RFL Head of Match Officials); Carl Hall (League 1 clubs); Paul Harrison (Championship clubs); Gemma Phillips (Clinical Advisory Group); Dave Rotheram (RFL Chief On-field Officer); Paul Sculthorpe (England Performance Unit); Kris Radlinski (Super League clubs); Danny Wilson (Heads of Youth).


Club Cash

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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