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Bishop's Stortford RFC still hoping to play some rugby union friendlies before the end of 2020-21 season if coronavirus restrictions allow



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Bishop's Stortford are still hoping to play some rugby in the coronavirus-hit 2020-21 campaign if Government restrictions allow.

The Silver Leys side have had to put their centenary celebrations on hold due to the pandemic, with both the National League 1 season and the proposed National Clubs Association Cup cancelled.

But friendlies could be permitted depending on restrictions put in place when the country begins to come out of the third lockdown.

Bishop's Stortford are crossing their fingers they can get some friendly fixtures in if coronavirus restrictions ease. Picture: Vikki Lince
Bishop's Stortford are crossing their fingers they can get some friendly fixtures in if coronavirus restrictions ease. Picture: Vikki Lince

Marcus Cattell, along with fellow joint head coach Tom Coleman, is in discussions with potential opponents in case they get the green light to play.

"The cup competition was always at the mercy of the Government and a third lockdown put paid to it," said Cattell.

"It's disappointing because it seemed like quite a cool concept, getting to play some different teams with the prospect of potentially a marquee final at somewhere like Twickenham.

"At the moment we're getting used to these disappointments, but we're hoping to get some kind of rugby activity in before the end of May.

"We can't promise anything, but we're hoping we can organise a couple of fixtures. We've been talking to a few clubs.

"We don't want to get people's hopes up, but we want to get plans in place in case we do get the opportunity to play some rugby.

"Even if we can't play any fixtures, we'd look to get the boys back in training if we're allowed to before we start thinking about the 2021-22 season."



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