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No scrums for France-England rugby league test next week

October 12, 2021 GMT

France and England have been allowed to play their rugby league test next week in Perpignan without scrums.

Scrums were scrapped when the English Super League was restarted in August 2020 in order to reduce close contacts during matches at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

They remained absent when the 2021 season began in March. It was intended to bring scrums back before the end of the season, particularly in time for the Rugby League World Cup with Australia’s National Rugby League still using scrums.

But with the World Cup that was due to start next week postponed for a year, it was decided in August to continue without scrums in the Super League due to lingering safety concerns.

At the request of English and French officials, International Rugby League agreed on Tuesday to suspend scrums for the test on Oct. 23.

“The request was made and supported on player welfare grounds and is consistent with the arrangements in the Super League and UK Championship competitions throughout 2021,” the IRL said.

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