Nottingham Rugby have confirmed their return to action will be soon as the Green & Whites will finally kick off a shortened Greene King IPA Championship from the weekend starting 6th March.
The side haven’t played, since losing narrowly to Cornish Pirates on the 1st March last year but like many in the Championship, are keen to get going again, all be it without fans in attendance.
The club say that the decision comes following a meeting between all Championship clubs where Nottingham Chairman Alistair Bow in attendance, confirmed the club’s support for a reduced season.
“We have all been working hard to get some form of meaningful rugby for Championships Clubs and I am delighted that Nottingham will be participating in the league this season”, said Bow.
“We had the bulk of our funding cut, followed by a pandemic and no rugby for almost a year. When we do return, it will be without crowds and our economic model will be very different. But we’ll be able to play again, and this is the first step on being able to re-establish a sustainable professional rugby club here in Nottingham.”
Head Coach Neil Fowkes is also keen to get his players back on the pitch, stating “We have had the longest pre-season I can ever remember and with a new rugby model here at Nottingham, I’m excited to get underway. We’ve got a great squad, combining some of last season’s players, with some new additions. Strangely, our Work, Train and Play programme has done well for us during the pandemic and it’s something we’re going to continue to push as we look to next year and beyond.”
The reduced competition will run from March to June with the format of the competition announced later this month.
*Main image @NottinghamRugby the green and whites will return in little over a months time.