Rugby Victoria has announced the first phase of the Return to Play plan for clubs throughout the state.
As of Monday clubs were allowed to return to modified non-contact outdoor training in groups of no more than 10 people, provided strict social distancing are adhered to at all times.
The Bendigo Fighting Miners are still in discussions as to when the club plans to officially return to proper training sessions, but the news of the first stage was welcomed.
"A lot of the boys are pretty keen to get back to it," senior Miner leadership player Ryan Spedding said.
"As a club we did really well last year making it to the semis and during the pre-season we were showing promising signs."
The club normally trains on both Tuesday and Thursday nights. While in lock-down some players have been determined to keep their skills and fitness up with solo sessions and drills.
"We will probably have a group of core players do some basic fitness stuff this week, but we haven't decided when there will be a full formal reintroduction to proper training sessions," Spedding said.
Indoor meetings, indoor gym activities, matches and any player-on-player contact remain off limits.
Conditioning and skill drills using a ball, kicking and passing are allowed provided proper hygiene is practiced at all times.
Clubs must also seek written clarification from their landlord, which for a lot of clubs is local council, regarding access to facilities and any other requirements.
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