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Old routine: Super Rugby is up and running in New Zealand as fans arrive for the clash between the Blues and the Lions at Eden Park in Auckland

Old routine: Super Rugby is up and running in New Zealand as fans arrive for the clash between the Blues and the Lions at Eden Park in Auckland

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Old routine: Super Rugby is up and running in New Zealand as fans arrive for the clash between the Blues and the Lions at Eden Park in Auckland

Despite evidence of some clubs and counties making a tentative and furtive return to some level of collective training, the GAA will not be permitting the opening of their pitches in Phase Two of the Republic of Ireland roadmap.

The latest announcement comes after more meetings by the GAA's Covid-19 working group, which includes President John Horan, Director General Tom Ryan, representatives from camogie, ladies' football and Paul Flynn of the GPA.

One significant development will be the possible re-opening of walking tracks around pitch facilities, subject to a facilities management plan.