After a long year of either no Rugby or games behind Closed doors (BCD), the club and board of directors eagerly awaits the return of our loyal supporters back to the Shay. Current government guidance indicates that, if local council’s public health teams agree, that the 17th May 2021 is the earliest date which this becomes possible.

Fans will be aware and quite rightly asking whether the fixture against Sheffield Eagles, scheduled for the 16th May can be delayed by 24 hours to allow fans to attend in person? Any alteration to the fixture dates needs the initial approval of both clubs, before proceeding to the RFL for their blessing. Several other clubs have already mutually agreed to move fixtures to allow fans to return as soon as possible.

The board can confirm that our request to the team at Sheffield Eagles for such a delay has been rejected and as such will not be able to be rescheduled for the benefit of our loyal supporters.

Even though many of our players would have been disadvantaged by playing on a working day, we recognised that we are a fans first club and all involved would have gladly seen the switch occur.

Local regulations required a fixed period of notice is given to the relevant authorities, the deadline for which is now upon us. As the Eagles are aware, this means that this will not be able to be changed at a later date.

While we are sure fans of both clubs will be disappointed, we look forward to focussing on what we can control and preparations for the Bradford game and beyond.

Thank you for your continued support of the club and we look forward to welcoming you back home against Featherstone Rovers in Round 8.


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