Bosses say they are focusing on booster jab uptake after delaying a decision on scrums in Rugby League games in England – an element that they had hoped would return in 2022 if a large majority of players were double-vaccinated.
In October, the governing Rugby Football League (RFL) laws committee in England recommended that scrums return once teams reached an 85 percent vaccination rate.
The practice had been temporarily removed from the sport since the suspension of the 2020 season due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a handover of possession introduced in its place amid concerns that scrums presented an increased risk of transmission of the virus from player to player.
It had been hoped that scrums would return in 2021 before it was determined that the correct conditions had not been met.
The sport’s chiefs had hoped scrums would be reinstated in early 2022 – but fears that the vaccination…