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RFU hopes for cut in Twickenham distancing to one metre and £12m boost

  • Reduction from two metres would mean 30,000 more fans
  • England have four November matches at Twickenham

The Rugby Football Union is to lobby the government to reduce its physical distancing rule from two metres to one, calculating that the current stipulation would cost it £12m if crowds were allowed back for the four November internationals at Twickenham.

Britain is one of the few countries – Spain and Ireland are others – to insist on two metres as part of the measures of stop the spread of Covid-19, but the RFU chief executive, Bill Sweeney, reckons it would reduce the capacity at Twickenham to less than 10,000.

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