For the moment Hawcoat Park RUFC have no idea when their next game is but they have begun to get their fitness up for whenever it is the new season starts.

The club held their first training session of any kind since March 17 - pre-lockdown - on Thursday, but they were limited in what they could do, due to social distancing measures.

Nonetheless, it was a chance for players of all experience to shake off a few cobwebs and meet up with teammates they hadn’t seen for several months.

Director of rugby Jason Meadows said: “There’s certain things we can and can’t do because there are legislations that everyone is having to adhere to, regarding social distancing, so it’s very strange.”

At present, the Maroon and Whites can only do endurance work during their sessions, which are being led by Col Niven, who still plays for the first team occasionally.

“We can work with rugby balls, but it’s a case of cleaning them, which we’re hoping to start doing in a couple of weeks,” Meadows said.

On the effect the pandemic could have, he added: “It’s very serious for a lot of local clubs - the likes of Millom, Furness and Windermere - because when you’re not getting any takings from matchday or a training night, there’s only one way clubs go.”