Lovegrove suggests vaccine passports to get fans back

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Rhys Lovegrove has suggested vaccine passports as a way to get fans back into stadiums.

No rugby league match has been played in front of a crowd since March last year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Cougars’ first home match will be in May against Doncaster, and Lovegrove admits he is unsure about whether or not a crowd will be there.

He said: “From a professional point of view, I have no idea if we will have fans. We have to look at things in a helpful light, the R rate is going down, and a lot of people are getting vaccinated.

“A vaccine passport could help getting people back into games. But every club has a plan if we cannot have fans. We have worked hard, it has been a long time since we have had a game day.

“It has been so long since anyone has played. It is exciting to get rugby league back.”

Lovegrove also praised his side for the way they have handled the pandemic, and has also warned against looking at it too hard.

He added: “Touch wood, we have had no COVID issues. We have a really good group that have been careful, even in their personal lives.

“They have been really good so far. Long may that continue.

“We will follow the plan, take each game as it comes and apply to our training methods. There are so many variables at the moment. If you sat down and analysed every variable, we would not be able to play.”

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