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Diss Rugby Club trying to stay positive despite league abandonment

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While Diss Rugby Club is facing up to the prospect of no league games for 18 months, they are hopeful that some match action is not too far away.

The Rugby Football Union confirmed last Friday that they had decided to abandon plans to start the 2020/21 campaign.

Subsequently, having not played any league fixtures since March, clubs at tier three and below will not compete for points again until the 2021/22 term starts in September next year.

Diss Rugby Club. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Diss Rugby Club. Picture: Mark Bullimore

It is a blow to miss out on competitive encounters for so long, but there is a belief that local friendlies could be given the green light in the not-too-distant future.

Diss chairman Andy Jermy said: “The RFU said in their statement about working towards a return to rugby after Christmas and hopefully that is the case.

“Not having any league rugby is disappointing but ideally now we are looking to get some friendlies sorted with other local sides.

“Nobody wants to be travelling too far because of the costs, but it would be great to have some matches against the likes of Holt and West Norfolk. That would help clubs financially, but also the players as well. They need some rugby.

“And it’s not just the physical aspect, but also their mental health. Players don’t just turn up and play rugby on a Saturday – there is a big social element to it and people are missing that.

“Fingers crossed we can start planning after Christmas.”

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