With the new season not far away find below some important information that will help your Club, Educational Establishments and Players: I have highlighted in RED some pertinent info:


 Community Game Update which includes information on the following:


  • 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup
  • Age Grade Rugby – Regulation 15 update and Guidance
  • Insurance – accidental injury loss of income cover offer
  • Club and Property Insurance Scheme
  • Combined Liability Insurance provided by the RFU
  • England Rugby Deals


For Information  2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup


The Women’s Rugby World Cup got off to a roaring start with the Red Roses defeating Spain 56 – 5. Click HERE to read the match report following the England Women’s’ opening match of the tournament.



The Red Roses’ next match will see them compete against Italy on Sunday 13 August at Billings Park UCD, Dublin. Kick off 2.30pm. Watch live coverage of the match on ITV1 from 2pm.



Age Grade Rugby – Regulation 15 update and Guidance


For information: All


The 2017/18 season is a major milestone for the Age Grade Game as the final recommendations from the four-year Age Grade Competition Review are implemented. 


These developments continue to align rugby to the wants and needs of the players and ensure that players of all levels continue to enjoy rugby and to further support their transition into the adult game.


This year the RFU has continued to strengthen Regulation 15, with the new regulation now in effect, as of 1 August.  As part of this, there are two areas of development we want to draw your attention to. 


These areas relate to:

  1. When a female can play adult rugby
  2. Out of season activity

To support any questions you might receive from players, the community, parents and coaches, we have produced some guidance in the form of frequently asked questions.  


Click HERE for regulation 15.6.2 (out of season activity).


Click HERE for regulation 15.5.5 (female playing adult rugby).


To support Regulation 15 and the philosophy of Age Grade Rugby, a new RFU Codes of Practice will be launched in September.  These Age Grade Codes of Practice provide practical support and best practice to those delivering the Age Grade game and provide practical advice on how to adopt a player-centred and holistic approach to rugby - helping clubs and schools retain players. 


If you have any questions relating to regulation 15, or the upcoming Codes of Practice, please email agegraderugby@rfu.com


Click HERE for the latest Age Grade Rugby newsletter.




Insurance – accidental injury loss of income cover offer


Clubs can now purchase accidental injury loss of income cover.


Working with the RFU insurance broker, Perkins Slade, the RFU has created a scheme for clubs to purchase cover to protect their players’ weekly income should they be unable to work as a result of an accidental injury sustained while playing rugby or training.  


Clubs can purchase the insurance to protect players in specific teams, and can choose to buy cover for as many teams within the club as they want. This is in addition to the existing Personal Accident cover in place.


For more details and costs, click HERE.



Club and Property Insurance Scheme


The start of a new season is a great time for clubs to check whether they have adequate protection in place for their clubhouse, equipment and any other owned assets. Perkins Slade manages the official RFU Clubs Property scheme on behalf of the RFU. For a quote or advice go to:http://englandrugbyinsurance.co.uk/property.


Combined Liability Insurance provided by the RFU


RFU club liability insurance offerings are available to ensure that players and clubs are protected when participating in rugby union. This includes Public Liability insurance and Personal Accident insurance in respect of catastrophic injuries. For more information please go tohttp://englandrugbyinsurance.co.uk/


England Rugby Deals


England Rugby Deals is a buying consortium run by Independent Buyers Ltd, fully endorsed by the RFU. The purpose of England Rugby Deals is to save clubs money and time, by negotiating competitive rates and discounts on utilities, overheads and consumables.


Membership gives clubs access to an array of deals and offers on products and services rugby clubs use. Popular categories are Wi-Fi, leisure gases, hospitality, printing, utilities, maintenance, club facilities, washroom services and there is even a deal for portable beer trollies.


Instant savings are available to clubs, by joining both the Booker 2% Rebate Scheme and by signing up to the Screwfix 5% Discount. These two deals make saving easy in a few simple steps:


  • Members can access deals from the RFU’s website, www.englandrugbydeals.com. Once a club has logged in, the member area of the portal allows them to view all deals, prices and get the relevant information required
  • As part of the RFU’s support services, an EnglandRugby Deals Account Manager is available to visit clubs to advice on cost-saving measures and carry out a saving analysis exercise. This is a worthwhile offering as it shows clubs not only what they are spending their money on, but more importantly it also highlights where savings can be made going forward
  • To complete a savings analysis all we need is a scan of previous club invoices. This is done during the visit and before the expert buyers do a like-for-like comparison to identify where savings can be made
  • The results are reported back to the club so they can make best use of those potential savings


Any club interested in a visit should contact support@englandrugbydeals.com / 01283 711551.

Weekly update from:  


Ivan Torpey RFU & Hampshire RDO (New Forest, Greater Southampton & IOW) ivantorpey@rfu.com  Mobile 07764 960384 &


Kieran Spencer RFU & Hampshire RDO (North & South East).  kieranspencer@rfu.com  Mobile 07912541462


1.       England Rugby Coaching Award Courses 2017-18 Season

The below dates and venues have been confirmed for the 2017-18 England Rugby Coaching Award Courses, but please be aware that have yet to be uploaded onto the RFU website. 


This should be done shortly but I have been receiving numerous enquiries and thought it best to make you all aware of the course dates:


From July 1st 2017 the current RFU Coaching Children Rugby Union (Level 1), Coaching the 15 a Side Game (Level 2) has beenreplaced by a single coaching award – the England Rugby Coaching Award.


·         The new coaching award will be relevant for coaches working with U9 players and upwards. 

It is supported by a suite of CPD and Foundation courses to help develop coaches working with players of all ages.


·         The single coaching award will be a Level 2 qualification, which qualifies coaches to lead sessions – the previous Level 1 award qualified participants to assist other coaches.

 The course content and tasks on the course will be relevant to the age group the coach works with. 


·         Participation in Rugby Ready and Scrum Factory will no longer be mandatory pre requisites for attendance on the coaching course.


·         Course Costs: England Rugby Coaching Award - £150






Start Date

Day 2

Day 3


England Rugby Coaching Award Course

Oasis School

2017 - Sept  2nd



England Rugby Coaching Award Course

Lord Wandsworth College

2017 - Oct 1st



England Rugby Coaching Award Course

HMS Temeraire

2017 - Sept 23rd


7th Oct

England Rugby Coaching Award Course

Lord Wandsworth College

2017 - Nov 5th



England Rugby Coaching Award Course

HMS Temeraire

2018 - Feb 3rd




England Rugby Coaching Award Course

Oasis School

2018 - Feb 4th



England Rugby Coaching Award Course

Lord Wandsworth College

2018 - May 12th



England Rugby Coaching Award Course

HMS Temeraire

2018 June - 2nd



England Rugby Coaching Award Course

Oasis School

2017 - Jun 16th




If you have any questions please feel free to contact myself or your local Community Rugby Coach



Ivan Torpey RDO

M 07764960384 ivantorpey@rfu.com

Kieran Spencer (RDO)

M 07912 541 462 kieranspencer@rfu.com

Sharon Evans:

Dean Lewis:

Josh Barlow

Pierre Clark

Nick Parker


Ellingham Ringwood


Aldershot & Fleet

Fareham Heathens

Lymington Mariners




Gosport & Fareham



Sandown & Shanklin



New Milton


Ventnor RFC


Locksheath Pumas



Vectis (Youth Section)


Market House Pirates


 Solent Uni




Southampton Uni




Southsea Nomads


US Portsmouth


Portsmouth University

Winchester University

M 07545 319691

M 07711 385915

M 07715 856940

M 07711 385917

M 07843 343518






The 2017/18 rugby season is just a few days away from its start but the Premiership 7s last weekend in Northampton whetted the appetite for exciting campaign ahead.

But followers of Hampshire rugby were certainly keeping tabs on a number of former representatives of the county who were gracing the Franklin’s Gardens turf for the eighth edition of this curtain raising tournament.

And there was even sighting of one of the county’s up and coming talented referees on show!

Former Jersey youngster Will Kaye got himself on the scoresheet for Leicester Tigers, while Basingstoke’s starlet Isaac Curtis-Harris turned out and performed admirably for London Irish.

A third in Bath Rugby’s Joe Atkinson, who grew up playing his rugby for Petersfield, completed the triumvirate of players who had all played for Hampshire Schools or through the age groups.

And, with whistle in hand, Hampshire RURS’s rising star Adam Leal kept the players in check with an impressive performance in the middle.

Under 18 Robbie Keast award winner Cameron McDonald’s brother, Michael, was another with Hampshire connections to play in the tournament, turning out for Saracens.

The tournament, shown live on BT Sport over the weekend, allowed younger members of the Premiership teams’ squad to showcase their talents and Hampshire were very proud to see them all perform on such a big stage.

We will be keeping a close eye on their progress this season and hoping that many more follow in their path.


by Richard V Isaacs

Season  2017 -18


Building on the success of last season Hampshire RFU and the England Rugby Community team will once again run a series of ‘Friday Night Under Lights’.


The evenings are coordinated to help our clubs and provide social rugby to:


  • Re engage those players that are not able to commit to regular training and Saturday Rugby
  • Support our clubs trying to grow a new team (Millbrook 3rdXV, Locksheath Puma’s & Eastleigh 4th XV are a few examples)
  • Provide opportunity for Dad’s and lad’s / friends to play together  (Example Tottonians RFC)
  • Provide rugby for those teams that have had opposition cry off earlier in the week (Romsey RFC 2nd XV are an example from last year)

2017-18 Program:  To try and engage more teams throughout the county and cut down travel time we have engaged more venues but also front loaded the fixture to help our clubs recruit and retain players at the start of the season.  (We will hold more events post xmas to be advertised).


Frequency: There is not a necessity for teams to travel to every ‘Friday Night Under Lights’ but we hope that the options available will provide you and your players along with some cluster of clubs to play at regular intervals and suite your requirement.   It is also hoped that the venues will make participation more accessible for more clubs to be involved.














Dates & Venues: (All on Friday nights)



  • September 8th Millbrook RFC –

to enter contact Ivan Torpey  ivantorpey@rfu.com


  • 15thSeptember           Basingstoke RFC –

to enter contact Pierre Clarke  pierreclark@rfu.com


  • 6thOctober                  Eastleigh RFC –

to enter contact Ivan Torpey  ivantorpey@rfu.com


  • 3rdNovember              Millbrook RFC –

to enter contact Ivan Torpey   ivantorpey@rfu.com


  • 10thNovember            Basingstoke RFC –

to enter contact Pierre Clarke   pierreclark@rfu.com


  • 24thNovember            Winchester RFC –

 to enter contact  Pierre Clarke   pierreclark@rfu.com 



Format for the Evening:  The relaxed format of the evening allows for the rules to be adapted to the ability and fitness of the players.  E.g. Contested or Uncontested scrums, Contested or Uncontested lineouts; etc. these rules are decided between both teams before the start of each game.  This ensures that the games continue to be played in a competitive but friendly manner which caters for all ages and abilities of the players.



Whoever turns up is guaranteed game time, the evening caters for squads of any number. (Clubs have joined forces on previous evenings especially when fatigue sets in with a few players)!


As with previous events the games will be refereed by the England rugby development team;

 A qualified first aider / physio will be in attendance. If budget allows refreshments will also be made available


If you would like to participate in any of the events please contact either myself ivantorpey@rfu.com or Pierre Clarke PierreClark@RFU.com  (as indicated above).  

Entries to be received no later than Friday 1st September.

England Counties, London & S.E. Division U18s

Honorary Chairman of Selectors


The England Counties U18s London & SE Division Delivery Team is seeking to appoint a Chairman of Selectors from September 2017, to deliver a selection programme for the season.


He/She will ensure that all the objectives of the England Counties U18s program are achieved by leading the implementation of a consistent player assessment & selection system at Divisional and CB levels in accordance with RFU policies on player assessment & selection.


Click here for further information.

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