LEIGH Centurions boss John Duffy is hoping for “better news” as rugby league bosses and clubs plot ways to return to action.

A conference call is to be held tomorrow, Wednesday, for the sport to discuss the government’s latest roadmap out of lockdown.

But ahead of the virtual meeting a spokesperson for the RFL said: “It is not yet appropriate to specify a date when Rugby League matches will recommence.”

No games will be contemplated anyway before June 1, 2020 and only then providing there is no new spike in coronavirus patient numbers.

The RFL added: “Guidance on the return to training for elite sportsmen and women – individually or in small groups in the first instance – is being finalised at a national level and will then be shared across the sport.

“Work on behind closed doors sport will continue, and each sport will then have to consider how the general national protocols are applied to its sport and effectively rolled out.

“The RFL will continue to work in conjunction with Super League, clubs and with player representatives on what these are for Rugby League.

“These will relate to hygiene, social distancing and testing – with the focus being on appropriately safeguarding all individuals involved.”

Centurions haven’t played since losing to Hull KR in the Challenge Cup on March 15.

“You want to see your mates again and get playing once more,” said Duffy whose wife has recovered from Covid-19.

“But we need to do right by the rest of the country. I know it is stressful but we have got to do the right thing.

“We will know more after the call but we have got to go with the rules.

“The lads are still doing their own training and that’s not going to change just yet.

“There may be a new rule where you can meet someone for 30 minutes or so but with rugby league being a team sport that is no use. We just have got to keep going and wait for some better news.”

While certain restrictions to daily life have been lifted, including more time to exercise, training sessions at community and junior clubs are not permitted.

Activity that involves opening clubhouses, changing rooms is also not permitted.

“The RFL has been working in conjunction with DCMS (the Department for Culture, Media and Sport), UK Sport and other sports to agree appropriate protocols relating to the return to training and in due course behind closed doors matches,” added a spokesperson.