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The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is aiming to pick up where they left off and continue the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season in July.

Government approval will be the deciding factor – with lockdown measures to be reviewed again on May 7.

The Premiership was initially put on hold for five weeks in March, which was then pushed back indefinitely earlier this month.

Working in conjunction with the Department for Culture Media and Sports, the RFU is looking at resuming the season behind closed doors due to health and safety issues.

This means that all Premiership games could be contested at the same venue, with Covid-19 testing available at the location and mid-week matches to ensure that all 12 clubs in the league are able to see out all their fixtures as soon as possible.

Lockdown means that players will require training to condition their bodies again, with the possibility of clubs holding a mini pre-season in June to get their players back into the swing of competitive rugby.

If the season was to resume when planned, a Premiership final some time during the middle of August would be ideal for the RFU.

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