How Many People Are Required To Host A Rugby Match According To SANZAAR?

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World Rugby released its framework for rugby's return to play recommending safety considerations for every stage of government restrictions and outlining the practical elements of a return to play.

Large traditional crowds would be unlikely without a COVID-19 vaccine but that will also depend on local public health policies.

World Rugby listed the minimum of 167 people that would be required to stage a match even without crowds, a situation that appears most realistic as countries prepare for the return to sports.

Home team players 15
Visiting team players 15
Home team substitutes and bench support 11
Visiting team substitutes and bench support 11
The home team travelling reserves 3
Visiting team travelling reserves 3
Home team roving Doctor 1
Visiting team roving Doctor 1
Home team roving Physiotherapist 1
Visiting team roving Physiotherapist 1
Home team Technical box (water carriers) 2
Visiting team Technical box (water carriers) 2
Home team Coaches box 5
Visiting team Coaches box 5
Match Day Doctor 1
Immediate Care Lead 1
Medical room video viewer 1
Paramedics 6
Other medical specialists 2
Medical room video operator 1
Security guards 4
Referee 1
Assistant Referee 2
Side-line Referees, timekeeper, statistics and communications 7
Television Match Official 1
Citing Commissioner 1
Ball team and ball team supervisor 7
Match Manager 1
Match Director 1
Administration 10
Broadcaster pitch-side crew (cameramen, line runners & floor manager) 20
Commentators 6
Safe Return to Rugby – in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic 29
Outside broadcasting van 15
Stadium operations 8
Big screen and PA announcer 2