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Catalans Dragons ditch budget travel as Super League collapses scrum

Paris (AFP) – Rugby League enters a new era on Sunday with scrums abandoned amidst the coronavirus, plans made to speed up play and cash-conscious French club Catalans Dragons reluctantly ditching budget travel.

Super League kicks off with champions St Helens facing the Dragons and Huddersfield playing Leeds Rhinos.

Scrums, rarely the set-piece physical test of strength which so dominates rugby union, will be scrapped from the 13-a-side code.

It’s chiefly on health grounds after research showed that the “micro-climate” of at least six players in such close proximity numerous times a game increased potential virus transmission.

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UK will ditch travel quarantine for 75 countries, Daily Telegraph says

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government will effectively ditch its air bridge plans and simply end the coronavirus quarantine rules for those arriving from 75 countries so that people can go on holiday, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The newspaper said the UK would shortly lift a ban on non-essential travel to nearly all EU destinations, the British territories including Bermuda and Gibraltar, and Turkey, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

A spokesman for the transport ministry declined immediate comment.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has been grappling with how to open up international travel after it imposed a 2-week quarantine for

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