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Bishop's Stortford take a step nearer returning to competitive rugby as the Government approves RFU plans for adapted resumption of the sport

Fans could soon be watching Bishop's Stortford play rugby at Silver Leys again after the Government approved the RFU's plans for the sport's return.

Clubs can resume adapted training for 15-a-side contact rugby from today (December 2) and play friendly fixtures from December 18 ahead of the proposed National League Cup.

The RFU is yet to announce full details of the adaptations to the game and its associated laws, but the governing body has said there will be no scrums or mauls.

Where the game would normally restart with a scrum there will be a free kick instead, and a minimum of five and a maximum of seven players from each team will be required to form a lineout.

The RFU is awaiting further Government guidance regarding travel, changing, clubhouses and spectators.

But under the Government's published guidelines for Tier 2 – which Hertfordshire is currently in – fans can attend matches with a limit set at either 50% of the ground capacity or 2,000, whichever is lower.

Stortford's last game was a 31-24 win at Rotherham in National League 1 on March 7.

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