Players banned from tackling, wrestling in first week back at training with clubs to limit groups to no more than 10


NRL clubs will move from level A to level B this week, which includes out “no tackling or wrestling drills.

That will leave coaches only a little over two weeks for full contact training if the level B restrictions are lifted next weekend.

The AIS second stage guidelines for rugby league’s return to play explicitly state only skills drills using a ball to kick and pass can be completed, and ban tackling or wrestling. The groups can be no larger than 10 in size, including players and staff.

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It means clubs will need to organise up to three different sessions for their squads once they return to training this week following an educational day of the NRL’s biosecurity framework on Monday.

Level C allows clubs to return to full contact training.

In an email sent to club bosses on Sunday morning, the NRL said at this stage the plan is to move to Level C no earlier than May 9.

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