Golf clubs not to police 5km rule; IRFU to give players return plans next month

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Horse racing returned in France on Monday at Paris Longchamp. Photograph: PA

Horse racing returned in France on Monday at Paris Longchamp. Photograph: PA

Golf clubs will not be expected to turn away members coming from further than 5km when they reopen next week, relying instead on members abiding by the Government’s guidelines. A number of clubs around the country confirmed that they will be relying on members following HSE advice and that they will have rangers on duty but only to ensure that GUI instructions are followed. Tennis Ireland says that their interpretation of the Government guidelines is not intended to discriminate against the older age group but for health and wellbeing reasons over-70s will not be allowed to play on May 18th. So next week when the Elm Park club in Dublin can open its doors to tennis players and golfers, members of 70-years-old or more may play a round of golf but they may not play tennis on the same premises.

The IRFU has confirmed to its professional players that they will not be returning to team training on May 18th, as had been pencilled in by them six weeks ago. They will continue to train in isolation for another three weeks before being given a clear indication as to when rugby may or may not resume. There remains the hope that the Pro14 might yet be able to resume in August with two rounds of regional matches, including interpros, potentially behind closed doors, before semi-finals and a final in September. In his column this morning, Gerry Thornley explains why James Cronin’s doping ban has left a bad taste: “News that Sport Ireland has requested a full case file as part of its continuing review of the matter means that it will not be going away, not for the time being anyhow.”

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