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Distribution list: Tuesday 23 June

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Please find below the twenty-seventh edition of our Coronavirus (Covid-19) update.

In light of today’s announcements on the easing of social distancing restrictions, we are in active discussions with other team sports, Sport England and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport about how we accelerate some form of a return to community rugby.

We have developed guidance on the re-opening of additional club facilities, including risk assessment guidance and checklists, and this is ready to be released once the full implications of today’s announcements (particularly around reopening of bars) are understood.

Also in the next week we anticipate being able to issue an update on the plans for competitive matches (league and cup) in the adult and age-grade game next season.

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

Past editions of these twice-weekly updates can be found on this part of the website. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.
RFU headlines
One week to go to complete Payment of Player Declaration
Thank you to all the clubs that have now completed the yearly Payment of Players Declaration. For those clubs that have yet to complete their declaration, it is important to note that the process must be complete by Tuesday 30 June. If you need any help with your submission or access to GMS please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Other important updates
Webinars & Podcasts
Webinar from EY - The Impact of Covid-19 on consumer behaviour – and what it means for your club - Thursday 25 June at 7pm
The Covid-19 crisis has changed the way people live. It will have a lasting impact on how they shop, what they buy and how they consume everything. EY has been surveying consumers every four weeks during the crisis and the outputs provide a 360-degree perspective on the changes in consumer behaviour. This webinar delivered by our partner EY will present the latest outputs from this survey and discuss what this means for your club as you seek to navigate the challenges. Register for the webinar below.
Volunteer Experience Virtual Workshop – Wednesday 1 July
England Rugby is working with Club Matters to deliver club support virtual workshop sessions on a number of topics. The workshops will run for a maximum of two hours and will be limited to 15 attendees, allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Click below to see the full programme and register for the first Volunteer Experience Workshop scheduled for next Wednesday 1 July. This session will help participants gain top tips in recruiting, retaining and rewarding volunteers.
Full Programme
Workshop 1
Catch up on previous webinars
For those who want to catch up on previous webinars, these are available on the England Rugby website. Please click on the links below:

Club Webinars
Referee Webinars
Coach Webinars
Rugby community doing great things
We continue to receive stories from clubs who are helping themselves and their members to prepare for the return to community rugby, when safe to do so. Many are also helping their communities, like Jordan Mattinson of Whitehaven RUFC who was furloughed from his job as a scaffolder and led his club’s wide-ranging support for their community during lockdown. Click below to read.
Community Spirit
In addition to clubs helping their communities, we will start highlighting clubs’ self-help initiatives, as well as activities being undertaken to improve diversity and inclusion at clubs, on englandrugby.com.

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK are proud supporters of the rugby volunteers across England who make up an integral part of the game. Help us recognise your work by sharing your club and individual 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..

Click below to find out more about the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme.
Recognition Programme
Other news
RFU Board and Council member appointments
A number of new appointments to the RFU Board and Council were announced after the RFU Annual General Meeting that took place on 12 June, effective 1 August 2020. This includes David Roberts being appointed as Chair of the Community Game Board, the decision-making body accountable for providing direction to the community game. David replaces Rob Briers, who has been appointed as Junior Vice-President. Click below to find out more.
New Appointments
The Virtual Rugby Show - Friday 26 - Sunday 28 June
The Virtual Rugby Show is a weekend of free live content celebrating all things rugby. Covering grassroots, the professional game, skills and amazing panels and keynote sessions. Hear from and ask questions of speakers, including Bill Sweeney and Steve Grainger of the RFU and rugby legends Maggie Alphonsi MBE, Sarah Hunter MBE, Martin Johnson OBE, Joe Marler, Brian O’Driscoll, Nigel Owens MBE, Sam Warburton and Sir Clive Woodward OBE.

It’s entirely free to attend and any donations received will go to chosen charity, Dallaglio RugbyWorks. Click below to book your place.
Book Place