Plan for Queensland Premier Rugby’s return mapped out

· Hospital Cup
by Reds Media Unit

Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) has today announced an indicative 11-Round draw for the 2020 Queensland Premier Rugby competition, which includes the Allsports Physiotherapy Hospital Challenge Cup, that would see Queensland’s brightest Club Rugby players in action in August.

Working closely with the general managers and presidents of each of the nine Premier Rugby clubs, QRU game development staff have mapped out a return to training plan, which will begin on 12 June as stage two Queensland Government restrictions begin, with contact training returning in July before matches kick off on 1 August.
Club circumstances have been carefully considered, with regards to clashes with other sports using venues or a club’s ability to adhere to government regulations. Regulations and logistics are being worked through with stakeholders and key government authorities to determine requirements around controlled venues, parking rules or drop-off zones, entry and exit points and hygiene requirements.
When the competition kicks off, stage three regulations will be in place and the QRU will continue to discuss what restrictions may exist at that time, regarding numbers of people allowed at a venue.
Ballymore has been secured as a possible venue for the opening three Rounds, while the clubs have opted to retain a three-week finals series, with the grand final set to take place on October 31.
QRU Community Rugby General Manager Gaven Head said: “We’ve been working hard with all nine of our Premier Rugby clubs to come up with a solution for return to play.
“There has been a lot of positive buy-in from club officials to work through the process and figure out what is feasible for each club and their venues.
“Given there are no trial matches, the first Round at least won’t count for Hospital Challenge Cup competition points, to allow for teams to have a their first hit out, however the matches will all be played under normal competition rules with set teams of 23 players and restricted substitutions.
“Given the challenges faced by many within the Rugby community during this period, it’s really positive to be able to lock in an indicative plan for Premier Rugby that will hopefully provide our club players and Rugby fans alike something to look forward to in the near future.”
Further details around broadcast are being worked through, as well as details around when crowds might be able to attend matches as well as specific kick-off times.

2020 Queensland Premier Rugby Draw:

Note: Home team listed first

Round 1 – 1 August

Souths v Brothers
Sunnybank v Easts
GPS v Wests
Norths v University of Queensland
BYE – Bond University

Round 2 – 8 August

Bond University v Sunnybank
Brothers v Norths
Wests v Easts
GPS v Souths
BYE – University of Queensland

Round 3 – 15 August

Bond University v Norths
GPS v Brothers
University of Queensland v Easts
Sunnybank v Souths
BYE – Wests

Round 4 – 22 August

Brothers v Bond University
Easts v GPS
Sunnybank v University of Queensland
Norths v Wests
BYE – Souths

Round 5 – 29 August

Bond University v Easts
Wests v Brothers
GPS v Sunnybank
University of Queensland v Souths
BYE – Norths

Round 6 – September 5

Souths v Bond University
Easts v Norths
GPS v University of Queensland
Wests v Sunnybank
BYE – Brothers

Round 7 – 12 September

Brothers v University of Queensland
Wests v Bond University
Souths v Easts
Norths v GPS
BYE – Sunnybank

Round 8 – 19 September

Brothers v Souths
Easts v Sunnybank
Wests v GPS
University of Queensland v Norths
BYE – Bond University

Round 9 – 26 September

Sunnybank v Bond University
Norths v Brothers
Easts v Wests
Souths v GPS
BYE – University of Queensland

Round 10 – 3 October 

Souths v Norths
Bond University v GPS
Sunnybank v Brothers
University of Queensland v Wests
BYE – Easts

Round 11 – 10 October

Bond University v University of Queensland
Brothers v Easts
Norths v Sunnybank
Wests v Souths

Semi-Finals – Weekend of 17-18 October
Preliminary Finals – Weekend of 24-25 October
Grand Finals – Weekend of 31 October - 1 November