Diss Rugby Club head coach Nick Greenhall is all for regional mini league proposals
Nick Greenhall has very much welcomed proposals for a mini league season that he hopes will see Diss’ players back in action by February.
The organising committee of the London & SE Division have contacted all clubs about a regionally split league to replace their abandoned 2020/21 season.
In Diss’ case it would see their London 2 North East division run in two clusters of six, with no threat of promotion or relegation ahead of 2021/22.
Ipswich, Stowmarket, West Norfolk, Wymondham and Southwold would be the opposition the Blues would be set to face, subject to those teams deciding to opt in.
The games would be set to be based on 15-a-side contact rugby; either full contact or adapted variations, dependent on government advice. The scrum and maul is the likely casualties of the latter.
While clubs are able to opt out and decide arrange their own ad-hoc local fixtures, head coach Greenhall says Diss are all for their league’s proposals.
“Yes, we would very much like to be part of any competitive programme that could be part of the season,” he said.
“This would be something that would mean less travel so we would be very happy with it.”
As well as what it would provide those on the pitch with, he is also keen to embrace the benefits for those who follow the club too.
He said: “We would be seeing a lot of our friends from other clubs and good connections that people know and it would be a lot of fun.”
The players have apparently also responded well to the news and they are now just waiting to see if any new restrictions imposed on the area will allow them to return to training before Christmas.
“They are aware of the state of play and we are all looking forward to December 2 to see if we can get back out on the field,” he added.
“All being well we think probably there will be some competitive rugby in February.”