Friday, June 27, 2008

England Under 20 Squad

Sarah McKenna (Old Albanian Saints) has been selected in the The England Women’s Under-20 squad of 26 to compete in next month’s Under-20s Nations Cup in Toronto. The England young guns head to Canada on the back of two impressive wins against Wales this season which saw them run in 74 points and concede none. England will take on Wales and hosts Canada and Canada A in the hope of qualifying for the Nations Cup championship final on July 19th. The tournament kicks off on July 11th.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Nominate A Deserving Sports Volunteer Today!

23rd June 2008
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

In Touch Survey – Your Questions Answered

The RFUW ran an online survey in November 2007. They received a significant number of responses and have pulled out some key areas that they think they can address immediately for the game.

RFUW will be using this survey going forward to help shape their decision making processes and thank all those who took part.

Key Area

Action we will take

36% of volunteers requested updates of what is happening at a grass roots level

Click here to access the RFUW website for news, match reports and information

50% of volunteers requested information on training courses

Click here for community rugby Here you will find information on all the different courses that are available to you

57% of players are unaware of the player pathway

The RFUW has a player pathway that highlights the routes you can take through rugby. Contact the RFUW office for a copy

68% of players felt that access to high quality coaching was very important while 71% are interested in information on coaching courses

Click here for information on RFU coaching courses Look at the Coaches sections for details of courses in your area

41% of players are interested in information on volunteering

We are currently updating the website with new information on how to get involved in volunteering. In the meantime, get in touch with Holly Hart on 020 8831 7482 or email for details

3% of supporters felt that facilities at grounds are good

Visit and look under Club Management, Facilities for information and guidance on improving facilities at your club. Also, for information on funding that might be available contact the RFUW office or check out the funding section of the Community Rugby website.

78% of supporters requested information on coaching

Click here for information on RFU coaching courses Look at the Coaches sections for details of courses in your area

61% of coaches have a level 1 coaching qualification and 39% have a level 2.

If you would like to obtain a coaching qualification, or to do your next level, click here for information on RFU coaching courses Then have a look at courses being run in your region.

71% of coaches requested information on mentoring

Coach mentoring is available from your CCO. Visit and look under contacts to find their details.

74% of parents feel that having a first aider at their club is very important

The RFU runs an excellent one day 1st aid course. Visit, and have a look under Club Management, Health to find courses near you

52% of parents are willing to get involved in administration

We are currently updating the website with new information on how to get involved in volunteering. In the meantime, get in touch with Holly Hart on 020 8831 7482 or email for details

90% of administrators are interested in training courses and 47% in accredited courses

Click here for community rugby Here you will find information on all the different courses that are available to you.

RFUW Newsletter: July 2008


Experimental Law Variations (ELV’s) - We will be implementing the ELV’s as per the implementation that the RFU is doing. There are still some details to finalise particularly in reference to the youth game but information will be sent out to you via the RFU as a matter of urgency as soon as it is available.

For coaches and referees keep your eye out through your club / Constituent Body and on for local training opportunities on the ELV’s.

Affiliation Forms Enclosed is everything you need to complete your affiliation for the upcoming 2008/09 season including updated calendars. Closing date to receive your affiliation forms is 31st July 2008 (universities 31st August).

Player Registration – We are pleased to confirm changes to the way players register for the forthcoming season which will benefit your club directly. For the 2008/09 season player registration will be linked with league status. Clubs will pay a one off set fee based on the minimum number of players they must have to meet the criteria for the league they are in. The fee being levied will remain at £11 per player. For any additional players clubs recruit, they can keep the money for club funds or decide not to charge some players a registration fee.

We hope that this change will also reinforce the importance of minimum player numbers which is vital in becoming a sustainable club. In turn, it will also reward clubs for recruiting more players.

Nations Cup – England are hosting a Nations Cup this August playing against the USA and Canada at Esher RFC on:

  • Wednesday 20th August at 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

  • Saturday 23rd August at 1pm and at 3pm,

  • Tuesday 26th August, 5.30pm and 7.30pm and

  • Saturday 30th August at 2pm.

Come along to watch great International rugby at an easily accessible venue, with low cost tickets that will be available on the day. Look out for further information coming out to you soon and on to the RFUW website in July.

Annual General Meeting - The RFUW Ltd Annual General Meeting will take place at 12.30pm on Saturday 13th September 2008 at the Holiday Inn Leamington Spa, CV34 6RJ. A copy of the agenda, attendance and proxy form will be sent to you in advance within the required legal time scale, however we wanted to advise the date as far ahead as possible for planning purposes.

We have teamed the AGM with our Leaders Conference this year in hope that those people who work as leaders and volunteers for the RFUW are able to attend on behalf of their clubs where appropriate.

Recent meetings have been small and short with most clubs choosing to vote via post using the proxy form, for this reason we would suggest you may not want to travel a great distance for such a short meeting, however if you would like further information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

RFU Grand Prize Draw – This is the RFU annual Grand Prize raffle draw that has this season earnt Sandbach RUFC (Cheshire) a stunning £8,309 from ticket sales of which they get to keep 90%, in addition they won a Hospitality Package for 2 people to an autumn international match 2008, as well as the prizes available to their members who bought winning tickets. Full details, together with a pre-Registration Form, will be available on the RFU Website (at in mid-August. Start early and incorporate the Grand Draw in your fund-raising plans. We highly recommend you get involved in this draw, you just can’t lose!

RFUW Surveys Thanks to everybody who took the time to complete the RFUW online surveys earlier this year, results of the survey will be posted on the RFUW website during June so please log on and have a look at your feedback and some suggestions from us how to address some situations.

Rosie Williams

Managing Director

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Rochford Festival 2008

It has been announced that the date of the Rochford Festival has been changed from Sun 9 Nov to Sun 2 Nov 2008 to avoid clashing with County Training on the original date.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

ELVs on Maul NOT to apply in age group rugby

The RFU have announced that the controversial ELVs on pulling down mauls will NOT be applied to age group rugby in England. However, they may be applied but other unions in other countries which will have implications for internationals and cross-border fixtures.

The RFU press release appears below:
The RFU Management Board has carefully considered a recommendation of the RFU Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) Implementation Task Group regarding introduction of some of the ELVs into the youth game in England.

The Management Board has approved the recommendation of the ELV Task Group that ELV 2 (shoulders must not be lower than the hips at the maul) and ELV 3 (pulling down the maul) should not be trialled in England at Under 19 level and below until:

It has been demonstrated to be safe in the adult game;

The results of trials currently taking place in South Africa have been properly analysed by the iRB with specific reference to the safety of pulling down the maul at all rugby played at U19 and below;

Agreement has been reached on the safest method to pull down the maul and appropriate coaching techniques have been developed.

Sufficient time is allowed for the safest method and the appropriate coaching techniques to be communicated to all those involved in rugby at U19 level and below.

The RFU will now discuss the issues that may arise with age grade cross-border competitions where other Unions are trialling ELV 2 & 3 with the IRB and affected Unions. However, the interests of young players and the safety concerns expressed by the game will take precedence.

RFU Chief Executive Francis Baron OBE said: "We have received a large number of letters from the youth game expressing serious concerns over the introduction of some of the ELVs in the youth game.

"It is established practice that Unions can apply variations to the Laws at youth level and many Unions exercise their rights in this respect. The RFU intends to exercise its rights in respect of the ELVs of concern to us and the game in England following discussion with the IRB and other affected Unions."