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Scottish Rugby and Scottish Government hold talks on sporting implications of Covid-19 pandemic

By Craig Christie

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WHEN will rugby return to action? That was one topic of discussion when the sport's Scottish governing body held talks with the Scottish Government this week.

Scottish Rugby
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Scottish Rugby officials held an online meeting with Minister for Sport Joe FitzPatrick to discuss the current COVID-19 challenges, and described the talks as positive.

The sporting body outlined the detailed work being carried out by its Threat Management Group in response to the implications of the crisis and the work currently underway to support Scottish community clubs across the country.

A spokesperson said: "The meeting has started a welcome dialogue between rugby, fellow SGBs (sport governing bodies) and the Scottish Government as we work together to support existing public health initiatives and explore credible ways to restart our activities, once safe to do so."

Scottish Rugby’s Chief Operating Officer, Dominic McKay said: “Scottish Rugby is very grateful to the Minister for initiating today’s discussions.

"This is an encouraging first meeting which generated constructive dialogue and a timely chance to collaborate with other sports.

“We would welcome the opportunity to meet again and agreed to share any relevant information and learnings we have with both Scottish Government and other sports to aid progress at this time.

“Scottish Rugby remains committed to supporting the Scottish Government in any practical way through the COVID-19 crisis and looks forward to continuing this important dialogue in the coming weeks and months.”

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