With the UK doubling down on it's promises on fulfilling the roadmap, it certainly seems like it. We all know of the economical turmoil clubs are facing if fans aren't reintroduced to stadiums soon; never has a gate been so important in Rugby. Even from an arm-chair perspective, it's not quite the same hearing dubbed crowd noises over an empty Ricoh Arena or Welford Road.
The Guardian reported this morning that, 'Premiership Rugby is lining up midweek fixtures next month in an effort to welcome more crowds back into stadiums before the end of the season.' If this does become the case, we could see a thrilling finale to what has been an incredibly interesting season for those scrapping it out at the top.
It is being reported that the Round 19 fixtures in particular, are now in danger of being delayed from the 14th - 16th of May, to a midweek slot on the 17th and onwards. Why is the 17th significant? Well, crowds of up to 25% of stadium capacity would then be allowed back into the dug out according to this Government's road map. Why not play it the weekend after? European finals take place that following weekend with Leicester and Bath, both highly likely of going all of the way.
This news follows off of the back of the RFU stating their support and public backing of Covid passports. They are one of 10 sporting bodies here in the UK to use this idea as a way of ensuring capacity crowds as soon as possible.
See Full Guardian Article Here: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/apr/12/premiership-rugby-plans-midweek-fixture-shift-in-effort-to-bring-back-fans