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 Tuesday 10 November

 
 
Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
In this week’s edition, we bring you an exciting opportunity to watch England Rugby for free in the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup, on Amazon Prime. We also share a new Sunday morning streamed activity to keep our age grade players active and connected with their clubs during the national lockdown.

We will mark Remembrance Day in a number of ways this week. A poppy has been painted on the training pitch at the Lensbury, where a one minute silence will be held at 11am tomorrow. In addition, both the England Men and England Women will wear poppies at their matches on Saturday 14 November to pay tribute to the men and women who served and sacrificed to defend our nation and to secure our freedom.
 
 
RFU Headlines
How your rugby communities can watch England's fixtures for free this autumn
We have been working with Amazon to provide an opportunity for fans to take advantage of a free one-month trial with Amazon Prime so you can watch England Rugby during the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup, while also supporting your club.

To help grassroots clubs generate revenue, Amazon are opening up registration for clubs to become Amazon Associates.

The club will receive £3 for every member of the community who signs up to Amazon through the club’s unique Associates link.

This money will be paid directly to the club and, while there may not be a huge cash injection, every little helps during these challenging times.

The registration process will take 5-10 minutes. We will share templates to help clubs promote this offer in the coming days. Click below to read the step by step guide.

If you want to see how the England squad have been preparing for the upcoming fixtures, watch the below episode of the Next Level, and please share the link on your channels.

We will advise clubs of the broadcaster for both fixtures in the Women’s Autumn Internationals in the November edition of Community Game Update on Friday ahead of England playing France in Grenoble on Saturday 14 November (KO 1.15pm), and then at Twickenham on Saturday 21 November (KO 12pm).
Amazon Guide
Next Level
 
 
 
Calling on age grade players to #GetYourShirtOn
Despite the community club game being suspended due to the national lockdown, we want all our age grade players to stay active and connected with their clubs.

So, we will be starting weekly Sunday fitness and rugby activity live streams for U6s - U18s on the England Rugby YouTube channel throughout November. These sessions, led by England legends and experts, will include a mix of fun activities for all age grade players (and their parents!) to enjoy. We want everyone joining in wearing their club shirts and sharing their pride on social media using #GetYourShirtOn.

Keep an eye on the England Rugby social media channels for the build-up.
England Rugby Twitter
 
 
 
Community rugby - current status
Due to England being in national lockdown, we are at Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. This means that no competitive or formal rugby activities can be undertaken until at least Thursday 3 December, including club age grade and adult rugby activities below Championship and Premier 15s.

While group training sessions are banned, a maximum of two players (or one player and one coach) can participate in socially distanced (two metres plus), individual training sessions, without sharing equipment, in a public outside space, but not a garden.
Government Guidance
Roadmap
 
 
 
Rugby in schools, colleges during national lockdown – Department for Education (DfE) Clarification
We have been able to update our statement on school and college rugby following Government clarification last week as follows:

Schools and colleges are able to play rugby but must follow the DfE guidance for schools and FE settings. This has been further clarified here. In summary, this means:

• Rugby can be played as part of the curriculum, i.e. in PE and games lessons, timetabled activity during the school day and as part of courses, such as BTEC Diplomas in Sport and GCSE/A-Level PE.
• No extra-curricular rugby clubs, training and activities (outside of the DfE guidance on childcare provision for parents) or inter-school/college matches are permitted.
• Activity must continue to be played to the RFU Government-approved action plan, i.e. play the formats and follow off-field logistics as permitted before half term and lockdown (Ready4RugbyO2Touch and limited contact training in approved group sizes).

We continue to encourage schools and colleges to provide rugby union for the health and wellbeing of their students during lockdown, in particular with community sport being unavailable. However, we also recognise that there are a large number of additional factors for Headteachers/Principals to consider and that it is ultimately their decision whether they can play in line with the Government guidance.

Further RFU resource, guidance and support is available below.
DFE Guidance
R2R Kitbag
 
 
 
Other Important Updates
Time’s running out to show club shirts at Twickenham
Given the popularity of the initiative for clubs to have their shirts on seats at Twickenham during the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup, to help create a visual representation of clubs at the stadium, the deadline has been extended to the end of November.

We want to have as many club shirts as possible during the matches, particularly for the final fixture on Sunday 6 December. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your club involved!
Show Your Shirt
 
 
 
Webinars and Podcasts
The England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line

This podcast series is back with a new host, Dylan Hartley. The former England captain speaks to players from inside the England Men's and Women's camps. You can listen to the podcast below, and follow the stories on Twitter.

The following webinars will take place on Thursday 12 November:

10am - England Colleges Rugby Football Union Members Live Webinar

Join the ECRFU, RFU and AOC Sport live for the latest webinar, including interactive discussions on the college game and a live panel Q&A session. Register for the webinar.

7pm - Preparing, planning and dealing with severe wet weather and problem areas on your pitch

This Rugby Groundsmen Connected webinar gives ideas and tips that clubs can consider now, prior to the really wet weather hitting. It will include ideas and guidance on dealing with problem areas of pitches and offer some advice on what to do following heavy rain and intensely wet periods. Register for the webinar.

The following webinar is scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday 17 November:

Exploring the Funding & Club Support Opportunities through Covid-19 Restrictions

This webinar will inform clubs about the potential funding and support available from Government, Sport England and England Rugby to help clubs through the Covid-19 restrictions. Register for the webinar.

The following webinar is scheduled for 10am on Thursday 19 November:

Students RFU Live Webinar – Keeping University Players Engaged

Join the SRFU RFU and BUCS live for the latest webinar, followed by an interactive session on keeping players engaged. Register for the webinar

You can see all our previous CoachingRefereeing, and Club webinars online.
England Rugby Podcast
Twitter
 
 
 
Rugby communities doing great things
Last week the rugby world remembered Police Sergeant Matt Ratana, who was also Head Coach at East Grinstead RFC.

In addition, we highlight the work undertaken by the Kings Cross Steelers over the last 25 years to help make rugby more inclusive.

We also wanted to say a big thank you to all our rugby clubs who have been helping to supply their local communities during this pandemic. This includes those who helped to provide free schools meals for children during the half term and a thank you also to those like Exeter College who have brought new players into the game.

As we head into the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup, we want to highlight the wonderful activities that our clubs and their teams are doing on our England Rugby channels, and also on the England Senior teams' news boards. This week we have recognised the Warrington U8s, you can see their message in the video below.

Why not send in your club’s news through England Rugby channels or via the email addresses below so we can recognise as many clubs as possible during the forthcoming games. Please share your stories and videos with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Matt Ratana
Warrington
 
 
 
 
Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
RFU Headlines
Community rugby - current status
England is now in national lockdown until Wednesday 2 December and all team sports have been suspended, including club age grade and adult rugby activities below Championship and Premier 15s.

With effect from today, we return to Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. This means that no competitive or formal rugby activities can be undertaken until at least Wednesday 2 December. While group training sessions are banned, a maximum of two players (or one player and one coach) can participate in socially distanced (two metres plus), individual training sessions in a public outside space, but not a garden, without sharing equipment. FAQ's from Sport England are available below.
Government Guidance

 

 

 

             FAQs
 
 
 
Club facilities
Although leisure and sports facilities must stay closed, clubhouses can remain open to provide take away, click and collect and food delivery services up until 10pm. They may also be used in other limited circumstances including:

- education and training (including for schools to use sports and leisure facilities where that is part of their normal provision)
- childcare purposes and supervised activities for children (i.e. parent and baby sessions or play groups)
- blood donations and food banks
- to provide medical treatment (i.e.. for flu vaccines or mobile testing centres)
- for elite sports persons (including indoor and outdoor sports facilities) – only if the facilities are used by Premiership, Championship or Premier 15s sides.

Please contact the Club Support Centre if you have any questions.
Club Support Centre
 
 
 
Rugby in schools, colleges and universities during national lockdown
Following the confirmation of Department for Education guidance on Wednesday 4 November, we can confirm what the national lockdown means for rugby in schools, colleges and universities.

University rugby is subject to the same restrictions as our community clubs, i.e it returns to Stage A on the Return to Rugby Roadmap until Wednesday 2 December.

Schools and colleges are able to play rugby but must follow the DfE guidance for schools and FE settings. In summary, this is:

 Rugby can only be played as part of the curriculum – i.e. in PE and games lessons and as part of courses, such as BTEC Diplomas in Sport and GCSE/A-Level PE

 Activity must continue to be played to the RFU government-approved action plan – i.e. play the formats and follow off-field logistics as permitted before half term and lockdown (Ready4Rugby, O2Touch and limited contact training in approved group sizes)

 No extra-curricular rugby clubs, training and activities or inter-school/college matches are permitted.

We believe there are major health and wellbeing benefits in schools and colleges providing rugby union and physical activity to their students during lockdown; in particular with community sport being unavailable. However, we also recognise that there are a large number of additional factors for Headteachers/Principals to consider and that the expertise they have developed in the last six months will ultimately guide their decision to play. Further RFU resource, guidance and support is available below.
DFE Guidance
           R2R Kitbag
 
 
 
Rugby 365 update
All Rugby 365 facilities will be closed until Wednesday 2 December. Customers and host clubs who had bookings have been contacted, and credits will be made for all cancellations. Please contact Rugby365 below if you have any enquiries.
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Other Important Updates
RFU Training Courses for Coaches and Match Officials
Due to the national lockdown, RFU coach and referee training courses planned for November and December have been pushed back to January and February 2021. Those who have booked will automatically be transferred to a new date and updated course details will be issued. We will also contact club venues to re-arrange dates.
 
 
 
Watching rugby this Autumn
The national lockdown means that clubs cannot open their doors for members to watch the November Quilter Internationals 2020 matches, part of the Autumn Nations Cup. We are, therefore, in discussions with Amazon regarding a possible revenue generating offer for clubs. We will provide further details next week.

Also, next week we will advise clubs of the broadcaster for both fixtures in the Women’s Autumn Internationals as England face France at Twickenham and away in Grenoble.
 
 
 
Webinars and Podcasts
The following webinars will take place on Thursday 12 November:

10am - Crowdfunding webinar

Could you successfully raise £60,133 with 519 supporters in 45 days? Hull Ionians have done so during the pandemic to save their clubhouse. Sign up to our Crowdfunding webinar below to find out exactly how you could benefit as a club.

10am - England Colleges Rugby Football Union Members Live Webinar

Join the ECRFU, RFU and AOC Sport live for the latest webinar, including interactive discussions on the college game and a live panel Q&A session. To sign up, please click below.

7pm - Preparing, planning and dealing with severe wet weather and problem areas on your pitch.

This Rugby Groundsmen Connected webinar gives ideas and tips that clubs can consider now, prior to the really wet weather hitting. It will include ideas and guidance on dealing with problem areas of pitches and offer some advice on what to do following heavy rain and intensely wet periods. Register for the webinar.

You can see all our previous CoachingRefereeing, and Club webinars online.
Crowdfunding
            ECRFU Webinar
 
 
We recognise that Tuesday is club training night and are therefore issuing our weekly communication earlier than usual today on one topic only.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a national lockdown last Saturday, we continue to speak regularly to the Government to seek clarification on what the national lockdown restrictions, coming into force on Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, mean for community rugby. We recognise that there is significant speculation circulating regarding potential outcomes. However, we currently do not know what the precise implications of these restrictions are. We expect to issue a further communication as soon as we receive a further update, which is likely to arrive over the next 24-36 hours, once the plans have been considered by Parliament tomorrow. 

Until the Government issues a further announcement, we continue to be able to operate at Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap and, therefore, usual Tuesday night training sessions can take place today. Clubs impacted by local tier 2 and tier 3 restrictions should follow any local authority guidance that is in place for their venues. You can find out more on the link below. ;

Given the current situation, today's edition of the Covid-19 Community Game Update will be issued later this week.
Local Guidance
 
 
Teamwork   Respect   Enjoyment  
Discipline   Sportsmanship
 
 
Parliament has today voted in favour of the Government’s national lockdown proposals aimed at curbing the increase in Covid-19 cases in England, which take effect from tomorrow (Thursday 5 November) until Wednesday 2 December. In addition, the Government has announced the cessation of all community team sports during this period, which applies to Age Grade and Adult rugby activities below Championship and Premier 15s.

With effect from tomorrow, we return to Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. This means that no competitive or formal rugby activities can be undertaken until at least Wednesday 2 December. While group training sessions are banned, a maximum of two players can participate in socially distanced (two metres plus), individual training sessions outside without sharing equipment.

We will now review what the implications of this national lockdown plan mean for clubhouses, schools, colleges, universities, etc., and will provide more detailed information in the Covid-19 Community Game Update tomorrow.

In addition, we would like to advise that the RFU Competitions Team is working with the Competitions Organising Committees for Men and Women to finalise alternative competitions models in place of the cancelled 2020/21 league programme. These will be entirely optional for clubs and will have no impact on promotion/relegation. They will focus on local cluster leagues and offer a framework for clubs to Return to Play (in some format once we have government approval to do so). It is intended to circulate these proposals, inviting clubs to participate, on Friday 13 November.
Teamwork       Respect       Enjoyment
    
Discipline       Sportsmanship

 

 

 
 
Last night the Prime Minister announced new lockdown restrictions which are due to come in to force on Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December.

The Government has published guidance on the new restrictions, which you can read on the link below.

Over the next few days we will be seeking clarification on what these restrictions mean for team sports and we will provide a full update in next Tuesday’s CGU. In the meantime, local restrictions apply and we remain at Stage D in the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap.

We will continue to work with Government to enable a return to play in some form as soon as it is safe to do so. We are also looking at models for a replacement competitive programme for Men and Women based on local clusters, with no obligation on clubs to participate and no consequences for deciding not to do so. Any local cluster competition would not be used to determine League positions for the 2021/22 season. This would be an optional competition structure that may include a knock-out competition at the end of the 2020/21 season. The exact format and regulations governing any such competitions would be approved by the Governance Standing Committee.

For rugby clubs the relevant messages from last night’s Government announcement include:

Stay at home

This means from next Thursday 5 November you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include:

To exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place - with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with one person from another household.

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:

Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks.

Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens;

Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.
New Restrictions
 

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