Following consultation with Public Health England, the RFU have produced overview guidance which explains the actions required by a club following a positive COVID-19 test.
 It is important  that a club understands what is action is required following a positive test within the club. 
Please ensure you (and other relevant personnel within your club) have read through the Extended Guidance Following a Positive COVID-19 Test, to ensure the appropriate action has been taken.
The RFU request that clubs submit notification of all positives tests with in a club (including retrospective cases). 
This information is requested to allow the RFU to monitor the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 test occurring in clubs and ensure the club has the appropriate support, and for the CB to identify any noticeable trends.

Clubs can do this by filling out this Positive Test Notification Form


Distribution list: Friday 16 October

Community Game Update – October 2020
1. Viewing the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup
2. Show your club shirt at Twickenham
3. Changes to RFU Regulations
4. Response to World Rugby Transgender Guidence
5. Guidance on players wearing gloves
6. Allianz supporting the women’s game
7. Rugby Development team update
8. England Schools membership 2020-21 season
9. Nominate your club’s Unsung Hero in BBC Sports Personality of Year awards

Welcome to the October 2020 Community Game Update. We hope you find the update useful, and if you have any feedback, queries or content that you would like to feature, please email Chris Dodd, Communications Executive (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Our communications to you are based on the data held in the Game Management System (GMS). To ensure you receive the communications that you want to from the RFU, please check the information held on this system is up to date and active. In addition, if you know of a colleague who should be receiving these updates, but isn’t, please help them to check their details on GMS.

This communication is only sent to the roles highlighted in the distribution list above. Please share it with others in your club who need to see it.
Viewing the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup
The countdown is on for the start of the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup. We are actively working with Amazon on a solution for as many clubs as possible to show the matches in their clubhouse. Further details will be announced shortly. Please note that the Quilter International, England v Ireland on Saturday 21 November will be on Channel 4.

As a reminder, the Quilter Cup: England v Barbarians match on Sunday 25 October is on Sky Sports, the conclusion of the Guinness Six Nations 2020 is on BBC and ITV on the Saturday 31 October and Italy v England in the Women’s Six Nations 2020 on Sunday 1 November is on Sky Sports.
Show your club shirt
You may not be able to take your seat at Twickenham this autumn but our clubs and CBs can. We want you to send us one of your shirts to fill a seat at Twickenham as England compete in the Quilter Internationals as part of the Autumn Nations Cup. We want to create a visual representation of all our member clubs and CBs standing together at this time. It’s quick, easy and free to send your team’s shirt in.

We are working with a delivery partner to provide you with free postage, so more details on this and guidelines will be sent out shortly.

By sending your shirt in, you will also be entered into a draw to win 1 of 10 signed England shirts for your club or CB.

Join us and show your shirt this autumn at Twickenham.
Changes to RFU Regulations
A summary is below highlighting the key changes to the Regulations for the 2020-21 season. As a reminder, the regulations in full can be accessed through RFU Regulations.
Read Changes
Response to World Rugby Transgender Guidance
The RFU along with other nations including Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA has not chosen to adopt the World Rugby Transgender Guidelines at this time and will keep its current policy in place for now.

The current policy follows World Rugby’s former transgender guidelines where athletes must apply to the RFU for permission to play. For transgender females this includes providing evidence of testosterone levels below 5 nmol/L continuously for a period of at least 12 months immediately prior to application and they must keep their serum testosterone concentration below that level for as long as they wish to play in the female category. All requests are reviewed by a panel including the RFU Head of Regulation & Integrity, RFU Player Welfare Manager and a medical representative appointed by the RFU. It is important to note that we have fewer than ten transgender women currently playing in England and there has been no associated increase in injury.

The ban proposed by World Rugby would mean excluding those people immediately without any ability for them to appeal or for their particular circumstances to be considered individually.

The RFU welcomes the work undertaken by World Rugby however it believes the evidence is not advanced enough for us to be content that a blanket ban could not be challenged.

The RFU wants to keep the welfare of all players at the heart of its decision making. At the same time, rugby has always been an inclusive sport and so when considering this complex subject, we believe we also need to make sure we are taking an approach which supports inclusivity while protecting fairness and safety for female players.

The World Rugby Transgender Guidelines have created many sensational headlines and while this is a complex subject that invokes many strong views, it is important to highlight that the RFU response is carefully considered.

As a next step the RFU will work with other Unions to continue to develop scientific work, to answer outstanding questions so that we can develop guidelines that can be implemented globally. Our aim is to work with World Rugby to find a solution that is as inclusive as it can be, whilst achieving fairness and safety for women. The RFU will also undertake further consultation with players in the women’s game to understand their views.
Players wearing gloves
Having had numerous queries on players wearing gloves, our previously communicated position was that gloves should not be worn. However, we understand that players may wish to wear them during the cold weather. Our advice is that they are changed for a different pair at least every 15 minutes. Players that wear gloves cannot effectively sanitise the surface of the gloves, increasing the risk of infection and transmission. The key way to reduce the risk of infection and transmission during rugby activity is through regular sanitising of hands.
Allianz supporting the women’s game
Allianz Insurance is the new Insurance Partner of England Rugby and the title partner for the Premier 15s, with the official name of the competition being ‘Allianz Premier 15s’.

Allianz is committed to supporting the top-flight women’s domestic rugby competition in England, England Rugby teams and the community game, in line with its commitment to promoting inclusion, diversity and excellence. Allianz Insurance has a long history in rugby and is excited about turning its support and attention to the women and girls’ game which is a strategic priority for the RFU. The partnership with Allianz is expected to accelerate the growth and support the retention of female players over the next 12 months and beyond through increased awareness activities and programmes like Inner Warrior.

The rugby community can expect to hear more about this partnership in the coming months, as we all gear up to the next round of Warrior Camps scheduled to take place in January 2021.
Allianz Partner
Rugby Development team – New roles
With some significant change, we would like to place our thanks to staff who have left the RFU, we would like to thank each and every one of them for their service during their time here.

This change means we will work differently to still achieve great things in the game. The full structure is attached and in this edition we wanted to profile three roles that are field based that clubs and CB’s may come into contact with.
New Roles
Team Structure
England Schools membership 2020-21 season
England Rugby Football Schools Union has removed the need to pay for membership from the start of the 2020-21 season. Instead, schools can now register their membership below, where they need to complete their contact details, as well as pledging to follow RFU Regulations and guidance. If you have not done so, please register your school using this easy process now.
Nominate your club’s Unsung Hero
Nominations for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year's 2020 Unsung Hero awards are now open until Sunday 25 October 2020.

If you know someone at your club who has gone to extraordinary lengths for their local community during an unprecedented year, make sure you put them forward.

Young people aged 15 and under will also be celebrated for the very first time this year thanks to the introduction of the Captain Tom: Young Unsung Hero award.

On the Friday 2 October, we showed our support for East Grinstead in nominating Matt Ratana.

To nominate your Unsung Hero and/or Young Unsung Hero visit the BBC website below.
Nominate Today

It's just a Rugby Club

A pitch, a changing room a clubhouse.
Pads and bags.
Coaches motivating and keeping us moving.
It's just my Rugby Club
Things get built here -
Stronger bodies.
Fitter bodies.
Confident bodies.
Things get broken here -
.....but It's just my Rugby Club
Friendships are forged for life.
Community is created.
We rally together in the sad times.
We celebrate the good times.
We laugh together
We cry together.
We lift each other in good and bad times.
.....but It's just my Rugby Club
We conquer our demons.
We relieve our stress.
We quiet the voices in our heads.
We feel at home here.
.....but It's just my Rugby Club
It's the date in our diary we never miss.
It's the time for us to be carefree.
It's the place where we can let go.
It's part of our lives.
It’s where lives are changed for the better.
It's our family.
It's not just a Rugby Club !
It's OUR Rugby Club.
We will be back. Stronger than ever.

Here’s to the return of Community Rugby!

RFU Touchline October 2020...
Distribution list: Tuesday 13 October

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
Today there is a video message from Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director at the RFU. In addition, we have provided an update on next steps for the Adult Male Future Competition Structure Review, the impact of the Covid-19 tier system being introduced by the Government and also on the wearing of gloves by age grade players.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access coronavirus information and resources.

Past editions of these weekly updates can be found on this part of the website. Click here to find previous editions.
RFU Headlines
Return to community rugby update
Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director at the RFU, provides an update on our continuing plans to get rugby returned. Please share this video with your rugby communities.

We remain at Stage D on the RoadmapRFU guidance as well as Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidelines, must be followed. Where local lockdown restrictions are in place, local authority guidelines must be followed.
Steve Grainger
Return to community rugby – age grade regulations
Any mixed age non-contact activity under Regulation 15.6.2, must be risk assessed appropriately and follow best practice as outlined in the Codes of Practice, which includes ensuring parental consent is in place. Where 17 year olds are participating in contact training, Regulation 15.6.1 must be followed.
Regulation 15
Adult Male Future Competition Structure Review - Update
Once again, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the many webinars and surveys that have been conducted over the last 12 months regarding the future competition structure (English Club Championship Level 3 and below). Click below to read the plan.

A detailed summary of responses from the Future Competition Structure Survey conducted over the summer, separated by player and non-player feedback, can be accessed here. In addition, the results from the survey conducted in February 2020 are available here.

As Covid-19 restrictions are still with us, and we remain uncertain of the timing and nature of the 2020/21 season, the Community Game Board have taken the decision to pause implementation of any changes to league structures (should these be approved at a future date by RFU Council) to season 2022/23. Work on the review remains a priority and will be discussed again at the RFU Council meeting on 27 November, where it is likely a vote on some key matters of principle will be taken.

We will also contact Honorary Secretaries at adult male clubs (levels 3-12) in the near future to ask for their input into a survey which aims to help us better understand the level of interest from clubs to entering Lower XVs teams into the RFU Leagues Pyramid to up to Level 7. At the same time we will share some draft criteria for this happening. The outcome of the survey will assist the FCS Group in understanding the number of teams coming into the pyramid. Whilst there is no commitment from clubs at this stage, the information will provide an important steer in assessing the level of interest from clubs and any potential impact on future structures.

We thank you for your continued support in this important process. The majority of people agree that we have a significant opportunity for rugby to develop in order to provide an optimal playing offer and structure that protects the future health of the adult male game while meeting the needs of current and future players. Players are looking for a balance of quality of experience, welfare needs and less travel. Meanwhile, we must also ensure we protect the sustainability of clubs.
Read Plan
Revised local lockdown restrictions effective Wednesday 14 October
Due to the rise in the number of positive Covid-19 cases, as well as an increase in hospital admissions, the Government has announced its intention to introduce a new three tier system of local lockdown measures, effective Wednesday 14 October 2020. Clubs must follow the current guidance until then.

We are advised that unless local restrictions specifically mention restrictions on team sports and/or rugby, clubs should follow the NGB guidelines. In all cases, clubs must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with Covid-19 secure guidance.

Clubs can check what local restrictions are in place in their area. The three tier system being introduced is:

Tier 1 - Medium:

Current nationwide rules will apply to areas in this tier. With regards to sporting activities in tier 1, exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of six is followed.

Tier 2 – High:

With regards to sporting activities in tier 2, exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport.

Areas in this tier include the following, and you can access links to the various guidelines.

Greater Manchester
North East of England
West Midlands
West Yorkshire

New areas impacted by local restrictions and included in tier 2 are below, please note that at the time of releasing CGU only local authority guidelines had been produced:

South Yorkshire

Tier 3 – Very High:

With regards to sporting activities in tier 3, it is the same as for tier 2 areas, although additional measures agreed with local authorities could include closing of venues such as leisure centres and gyms whilst ensuring provision remains available for elite athletes, youth and disabled sport and physical activity.

Liverpool City will be the first area to be included in this tier and the impacted areas are Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.

Click here to access Government guidelines regarding what clubs can/cannot do in Liverpool City.

Clubs are reminded that the powers around local restrictions lie with their local authorities and to check the latest position regarding local restrictions as they may change frequently over the coming weeks.

Clubs may need to limit their activities in line with any local restrictions and all are advised to consult with the local authority in which their facilities are located should they be in any doubt. Information regarding any new local lockdown restrictions will be posted on the Government's website below.

We will provide an update to the game if there is any change in guidance to playing rugby union. You can read more information about what you need to know about the Government’s local Covid-19 alert levels below.
Rule Of Six
Covid-19 Alert Levels
Test & Trace and handling of Covid-19 positive tests
Clubs are reminded of the need to have a Test & Trace system in place. You can find out more about NHS Test & Trace below, or read about Howdens Test & Trace here.

In the event of positive tests occurring within a club, including retrospective cases, each case should be registered via the Positive Test Notification Form, which can be accessed on the link below. This information is requested to allow us to monitor the number of confirmed positive Covid-19 tests occurring in clubs and ensure clubs have the appropriate support.
NHS Test & Trace
Notification Form
Webinars and podcasts
Understanding Corporation Tax for Rugby Clubs
This webinar, at 7pm on Thursday 15 October, will explore how corporation tax applies to rugby clubs. Including what income is taxable, what reliefs are available and how clubs can comply.
Webinar On Demand: Good Club Governance
Our Club Support legal series continued with Irwin Mitchell, covering good club governance. Discussing what good governance looks like and top tips for your club. Click below to watch the webinar.
Governance Webinar
Rugby community doing great things
Today we’ve highlighted the great efforts that are taking place at Lewes RFC to ensure their rugby club and activities are Covid- secure.

In addition to clubs helping their communities, we are now highlighting on englandrugby.com clubs’ self-help initiatives, as well as activities to improve diversity and inclusion at clubs.
Lewes RFC

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