And that’s definitely the case in rugby, with gamers, coaches, followers and everybody else having to adapt to unusual conditions.
Considered one of them is that the 2019/20 marketing campaign, which was halted in March as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, will now be performed out with the 2020/21 squads.
At Saints, there can be no Cobus Reinach, Ben Franks and Mitch Eadie.
As an alternative, there can be Tom James, Nick Auterac and Shaun Adendorff.
There are nonetheless 9 video games of the Gallagher Premiership regular-season to go, and a few gamers are being parachuted straight right into a title struggle.
It’s one thing that feels weird however not one thing that fazes them or their boss, Chris Boyd.
“All the things concerning the world prior to now six months has been unusual so that you simply settle for what it’s and get on with it,” Boyd stated, in sometimes laid-back style.
“It’s a little bit weird that we end this season with no Cobus, no Ben Franks, no Andrew Symons and the record goes on.
“However on the flip aspect of that, we’ve picked up some completely different guys.
“It’s definitely uncommon however when you appeared on the choices the league had, there weren’t many different choices.
“These contracts that historically end on the finish of June have been honoured, individuals got here and went and everybody simply desires to get on and play some code once more.”
Saints returned to Stage 1 coaching on June 15 however they’ve now progressed to Stage 2, that means shut contact work is allowed.
And when requested the way it has been going, Boyd stated: “It’s been attention-grabbing.
“After we first began it was a little bit of a novelty and we did numerous private growth.
“It turned a little bit of a chore and everybody’s been actually happy to have the ability to get again in and reconnect once more.
“A part of the attraction for individuals who play crew sport is the social cohesion so everybody’s been happy to get again, albeit in a socially-restricted surroundings.
“We’re usually social individuals so while you see somebody you haven’t seen for some time, you sit there and also you’re not fairly certain whether or not you need to give them a fist bump or an elbow or a wave from two metres.
“The pure inclination is to go in and shake their hand or pat their again – it’s simply how it’s.
“The toughest factor for the boys once we’re doing coaching and making an attempt to maintain it socially-distanced is once we cease to have a water break or a hand cleanse, it’s very straightforward for them to gravitate again to being nearer than what they need to be simply because it’s what they’re used to.
“There’s been self-discipline round that and I take my hat off to the boys.
“Definitely from a operating perspective, we’re fitter than we’ve ever been.
“Guys have had a luxurious of getting an extended time period the place they haven’t needed to take numerous bodily contact in order that they’re in fairly good bodily and psychological form.”