Find below weekly update from


Ivan Torpey RFU & Hampshire RDO (New Forest,  Greater Southampton & IOW) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mobile 07764 960384 &



Kieran Spencer RFU & Hampshire RDO (North & South East).  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Mobile 07912541462


Special Note: Please scroll to bottom to read information regarding the implementation by World Rugby of the Tackle Law and Application Guideline.  The weblinks will help the Players, coaches and referees understand the new guidelines


1.      Youth sub-committee and Forum and Fixture Exchange:  Please be aware that there will be a Youth sub-committee and Forum meeting on Monday 9th January which will commence at 1900 at Eastleigh RFC - SO50 6LA. 

Fixture exchange for the 2017-18 season will take place before hand from 1800. 

This is a crucial time to ensure your club can arrange fixtures so please do not miss this opportunity.


2.       Hampshire Schools RFU Special General Meeting

To take place on Monday 16 January 2017 at Tottonians RFC, starting at 1845. After the SGM, there will be an OPEN committee meeting to consider            

A.      future competition structures and administration;

B.      New Rules of Play;

C.      Age-group Competitions Calendar and Structures;


This is a very important meeting and the schools union are very keen to listen to the teachers thoughts and viewpoints.  Please confirm attendance by e-mail to Tony Scott (HSRFU Schools Secretary) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


3.  England Rugby Community Rugby Coach -  Job Vacancy on the Isle  of Wight:  

England Rugby is now advertising the vacant role.  Find below the link that will take you to the RFU careers hub and key responsibilities.



4.  Natwest RugbyForce:

To date Basingstoke; Farnborough & IOW RFC have signed up for the Natwest Rugby Force spring clean to be held on the weekend of the 24th and 25th June 2017. 

To register your club, simply click on the following link www.EnglandRugby.com/NatWestRugbyForcecomplete and submit the form.


5.  Hampshire RFU TOURS:

Please note that there is now  a dedicated Tours page on the HRFU website which can be found under the Safeguarding Tab and the Tours Subtab. 



6.  World Rugby Tackle Law Application Guideline:


This will apply at all levels of the game from 3rd January 2017 introducing minimum on-field sanctions for reckless and accidental contact with the head, effectively lowering the acceptable height of the tackle.
The new measures to limit contact with the head:

·         New law application guideline will codify zero-tolerance to contact with the head

·         Approach informed by largest-ever study identifying most common situations leading to head injuries

·         Players, coaches and match officials urged to be proactive in changing culture

·         Latest step in proactive, evidence-driven approach to injury reduction


Click here for law application guidelines:   http://laws.worldrugby.org/index.php?domain=9&language=EN

The approach, approved by the World Rugby Council after extensive expert, independent and union evaluation, combines with new disciplinary sanctions and a re-focus of match officials on dangerous play. It will provide a package of measures that aims to change culture in the sport to ensure that the head is a no-go area.

Click here for information in relation to World Rugby's approach to concussion:


In addition, while striking or kicking an opponent is never acceptable, it is a more serious offence when it involves contact with the head or neck.  Ball-carriers must be careful that they fend off tacklers legally and do not strike opponents.

The information in this send out is provided for you to please action, distribute or circulate far and wide, to include clubs, coaches, players etc. to encourage and grow the relationships between all parties and to generate better understanding of what we are all trying to do.  Although informal in nature this is a valuable piece in the communication jigsaw.


Click here for Tackle chart

 If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CoachingReminder –  Focus on the tackle technique and encourage defenders to hit the soft bits (Green) stay away from Illegal areas (Red). 

The lower leg wrap is at times required but you should be mindful that these areas are hard & bony.

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