Coronavirus wrap: European Tour golf returns July but Dutch GP put back to 2021

The European Tour will resume in July with a run of six tournaments over six weeks in the UK, but the Dutch Grand Prix has been put back until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The coronavirus crisis has seen the golf calendar wiped out since March 8, but a return date has now been set with the British Masters at Close House near Newcastle the opening tournament on July 22.

The season will run through until December, with all tournaments played behind closed doors and subject to strict safety and testing protocols.

In Formula One, the Dutch Grand Prix's return has been postponed due to Covid-19.

The race is being revived for the first time since 1985 and was originally due to be staged on May 3, with organisers hoping to stage it later this year after its initial postponement.

But with sporting events in Holland under tight restriction due to the pandemic, the decision has been made to move it to next year.

In rugby league, Parramatta Eels triumphed 34-6 over Brisbane Broncos as NRL's return brought professional sport back to Australian soil.

The occasion began with a failed temperature test for Brodie Croft, with host broadcaster Fox Sports reporting the Broncos half-back twice recorded temperatures over the allowed limited on arrival at Suncorp Stadium.

The 22-year-old passed clear at the third time of asking and went on to score a fine solo try but it was in a losing cause as the Eels proved too strong.

In rugby union, World Rugby's executive committee has approved 10 optional law trials that provide member unions with measures to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Unions can apply to implement one or more of the temporary law amendments as domestic trials in line with the world governing body's return to play guidance.

A World Rugby statement said the trials "provide limits to scrum options with no scrum resets, limits for players joining rucks and mauls, time to play the ball at the base of scrums and rucks reduced from five to three seconds and only one movement permitted for a maul."

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont has been speaking about coronavirus changes
World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont has been speaking about coronavirus changes (Brian Lawless/PA)

The trials, underpinned by World Health Organisation guidance, were considered by a specialist Law Review Group consisting of coaches, players, match officials, medics and law specialists following detailed analysis of 60 matches.

World Rugby say the ruck and maul measures could "reduce contact exposure for tight five players by more than 30 per cent, reduced exposure at the ruck by up to 25 per cent and reduce maul exposure by 50 per cent."

World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: "The health and well-being of the rugby family is paramount.

"We have extensively evaluated the perceived risk areas within the game in partnership with our unions. This has enabled an evidence-based assessment of risk areas and playing positions, which led us to develop optional temporary law amendments."

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Street artist Gent 48 finishes his latest mural Forward in Unity, which has been commissioned by Art For Charity to raise money for the Lord Mayor's Charity and celebrate the spirit of the people of Birmingham during the coronavirus pandemic, in Meriden Street, Digbeth, Birmingham. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
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A woman, Tina Jane from Shoreham, sings songs out the back of her car to entertain the people that live on her street after the Clap for Carers, as the UK continues to ease out of lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.
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Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings leaves his residence in north London on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Justin TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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A quiet 'rush hour' at Waterloo Station as the UK eases some restrictions in it's tenth week to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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A workman removes graffiti from a wall near the north London home of the Prime Minister's top aide Dominic Cummings as the row over his Durham trip during the coronavirus lockdown continues. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
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WEST KINGSDOWN, ENGLAND - MAY 26: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been shot in black and white. Color version not available.) GB Paralympian Johnboy Smith trains at home during the Coronavirus Pandemic on May 26, 2020 in West Kingsdown, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Margaret Yeoman, 90, sees her son John Yeoman, 62, and his wife Denise Yeoman, 63, for the first time in eight weeks as they visit her at the Eothen Homes care home in Whitley Bay, Tyneside, their first in person contact since lockdown began. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
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The public enjoying the Bank Holiday sun on Wandsworth Common as the UK eases some restrictions in it's tenth week to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Members of the public sunbathing by the lake on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday in Regents Park on May 25, 2020 in London, England. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
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The 10 optional law trials cover scrum, tackle, ruck and maul. The two recommendations on tackling are to reinforce the high tackle sanction framework for high tackle offences and to remove the choke tackle from the game.

In addition to the on-field law trials, a number of hygiene measures are recommended for playing and training.

These include mandatory hand and face sanitisation pre- and post-match, regular sanitisation of the match ball before during and after matches, single-use water bottles, changing kit at half-time, prevention of huddles and celebrations, prevention of spitting and nose clearance.

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