How Monday’s news affects the major sports in England

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Sport can begin to plan for the return of fans in the coming months under the ‘road map’ for easing lockdown restrictions, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday.

Here the PA news agency takes a look at how the news will affect the major sports in England.


Liverpool v Arsenal – Community Shield – Wembley Stadium
Wembley could open its doors to fans at the rearranged Euro 2020 finals this summer (Justin Tallis/PA)


Somerset v Essex – Bob Willis Trophy – Final – Day Three – Lord’s
England are due to play New Zealand at Lord’s in early June (Steven Paston/PA)

Rugby Union

Clubs could welcome fans for the final rounds of the Premiership season, which concludes on June 12, although it is much too late for the PRO14 campaign. The British & Irish Lions are due to host Japan at Murrayfield on June 26 – a warm-up for their tour of South Africa, although the status of that trip remains in doubt. Meanwhile, the RFU has welcomed the return of the game at grassroots level from the end of the March.

Rugby League

Rugby League’s summer season should mean fans are on hand for much of the campaign, with seasons starting at various levels between March and May. Stadiums should be full for the highlights of the Challenge Cup final at Wembley in July and the Super League Grand Finals at Old Trafford in October.


What is on the schedule for sport fans in 2021
If the target to lift all restrictions is met, Wimbledon could serve as a symbol of a return to normality (John Walton/PA)


The easing of restrictions will come too soon for the British Masters in mid-May, but fans can look forward to attending the Open Championship at Royal St George in July. The main news for most, of course, is when they might hit the course themselves, but Monday’s announcement was not what England Golf was hoping for. “England Golf is extremely disappointed that the scientific evidence presented to government detailing how the sport can be played in a Covid-secure manner has not resulted in a return to play date earlier than 29 March,” a statement read.

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