WITH the Covid lockdown restrictions easing on Monday, rugby will return to Bridport Rugby Club with both seniors’ and juniors’ training.

Winter pitches have sat dormant since before Christmas due to government laws prohibiting recreational sport, but the return of rugby is building excitement for many in the Bridport community and displays another step back to normality.

The first to return will be both the senior and colts players on Wednesday, March 31.

Seniors’ head coach Ayo Fraser jokes that the players “will not look forward to the fitness access aspects of us returning!”

He went on to add: “After a few false dawns, I am really excited to get back on the pitch with the players and just enjoy running around again and being in each other’s company.”

All competitive games were cancelled for the Blues last year, however, the team is hopeful to organise some friendlies to build for their first game in the Wadworth Dorset & Wilts One South.

The Sunday following will see the return of the juniors.

Noel Gregory, chairman of the junior section, states the club is hoping to see some new players at the club.

He said: “On Sunday 4th April, training for the Bridport Rugby Club juniors commerces at 10am and over 100 young boys and girls will muster at the club.

“Any new parent wishing to enrol their offspring should head for the blue gazebo where they will be made welcome and shown the ropes.”

With the RFU still limiting some contact within the sport, there will still be no scrums or mauls and the club asks that parents respect social distancing.

For more information on the club and how to take up rugby nor support your local club, visit the Bridport RFC website: http://www.bridportrugby.co.uk