Rugby training safer than visiting supermarket - Exeter Chiefs boss

Exeter Chiefs were top of the Gallagher Premiership when it was suspended in March. Photo by Bob Bradford - CameraSport via Getty Images

Resuming training is safer than visiting a supermarket and some Gallagher Premiership players and coaches are "finding all the reasons" to avoid returning to play amid the coronavirus pandemic, Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter said on Thursday.

Exeter were top of the standings when the season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

"The big thing for me -- and it's something I'm a little disappointed about when I hear other coaches and some players talk about the subject -- is we seem to be finding all the reasons not to play," Baxter told BBC Radio.

"If anything, we're creating a safer environment for players and staff than in everyday life. It's far, far safer than going to the supermarket."

Premiership teams are hoping to begin training from June 8.

"What people need to remember... is that actually professional sport takes things way more seriously than what the basic guidelines say," Baxter added.

"We are looking at things in an incredibly detailed way, so that our players and our staff will be returning to the highest standards of safety."

The England Rugby Football Union (RFU) cancelled all domestic rugby in March apart from the Premiership.

Subsequently, the Newcastle Falcons finished top of the Championship, 18 points clear of second-place Ealing Trailfinders.

European rugby has also been indefinitely suspended because of the pandemic.