Rugby union stars will do whatever’s necessary to play again, says Cueto

Mark Cueto says ­radical law changes will be accepted if that is the price to start playing again and save rugby from going bust.

World Rugby are ­considering drastic ­amendments to enable a sport, whose very DNA is close contact, to survive ­during social distancing.

These are believed to ­include unopposed scrums, shortened rucks and mauls, and frequent stoppages for players to wash hands.

A week after the Government approved elite sport in England returning to ­training, rugby is undecided as to how safely to do that.

With the season cancelled for all but the Premiership and the top-flight gasping for financial oxygen after 10 weeks without income, Cueto reckons beggars cannot be choosers.

The former England wing turned commercial director at Sale believes whatever solution best ­minimises risk while ­enabling a resumption will get the players’ approval.

“In normal times any talk of changing formats or laws would be dismissed, but what we’re going through is frightening and without precedent,” he said.

“Whether you’ve had the virus or not, everybody now probably knows someone who has, or knows ­somebody who knows somebody who’s died from it.

“That changes everything and the old fashioned UK ­attitude of moaning about anything that isn’t ‘what we’re used to’, is almost out of the window now.

“So if that means games stopping every 10 minutes for everyone to hand sanitise and wash their faces in order to get rugby back on the pitch and on TV, so be it.”

Premier League football restarts small group, non-contact training on Tuesday.

That route back is thought to have involved ­experts calculating for how long a player is within a ‘risk zone’ around others and working to reduce that ­number as much as possible.

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