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Community Game Update - March
1. Important update – Coronavirus
2. Adult Male Future Competitions Structure Review
3. International Ticket Allocations to community clubs
4. NatWest RugbyForce – deadline 15 March
5. Update Regulation 9 and RugbySafe and first aid standards (CBs)
6. Use ‘Game On’ to keep Games on
7. Finalising your plans for the tour season
8. England Rugby training courses
9. Front logic tree revision
Welcome to the March 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 Vee Montebello, RFU Senior Communications Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Our communications to you are based on the data that is 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.
Important update - Coronavirus
The government today announced that there is no change at the moment to sporting events. Given this, league games will continue to be played as usual, unless a club has made different arrangements as relevant to their own circumstances.

Should this position change, we will notify league organisers and will provide an update on the England Rugby website – click here

We do appreciate that there is some concern about games taking place at this point in time so it is a club’s call if they want to cancel games, etc.

There have been a number of general enquiries regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our guidance at this time is for clubs to follow the Government’s advice to inform any decisions as it is updated on a regular basis.

The following information may also be useful:

• Guidance on educational settings - Read more
• NHS - Read more

It would be helpful if you could also let your local RDO know if you are aware of anyone at your club testing positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Adult Male Future Competitions Structure Review
Following the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure Survey, a series of face to face meetings will be held across the country from March through to Easter - click here to obtain details. Please note that these sessions may be cancelled if government guidance in respect of the Coronavirus indicates that this would be the best course of action. We will contact you if changes occur.

Findings to date and initial thoughts on recommendations will be presented and this is an opportunity for club officials and players to feedback on the future of the adult male game.

Unfortunately, we are not able to host a session in each county, so locations have been chosen to best serve the geographical spread of clubs across the country. Each club will be guaranteed two places at a session, one of which must be for a current player (ideally the 1st team captain).

We will provide a further update on the outcome of these meetings after Easter.
International ticket allocations
The allocations of International tickets to community rugby clubs whose first XVs play at Level three or below, and any other RFU voting clubs not playing in the RFU leagues, will change from the Guinness Six Nations 2021 for the following two years. The allocations will be based primarily on the cumulative total of a club’s 15-a-side matches for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons, registered on the GMS Team Management module, as a proportion of the national total of matches.

We have re-calculated the indicative allocations for those advised in June 2019 after all the clubs were given the opportunity to add missing fixtures to GMS; that opportunity has now closed. For the vast majority of community clubs, that indicative total has not changed, or at most changed upwards or downwards by two tickets. However, the Ticket Office is in the process of emailing clubs whose indicative allocations have increased or decreased by three or more tickets to advise them of their revised total and the number of matches on which that allocation is based.

Clubs are reminded to load 15-a-side fixtures and results onto their GMS Team Management module for their U14 to adult teams for the 2019/20 season. It is much easier to do this regularly rather than waiting until the end of the season. All matches and their outcome for the 2019/20 season must be uploaded by Friday 22 May 2020. There will not be an opportunity after this date to add additional fixtures or the outcome to count towards International ticket allocations.

For more detailed information regarding International ticket allocations or further information regarding the methodology of uploading fixtures please click below, or contact your RDO.

If you have a technical issue with GMS, please contact the GMS service desk via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Ticket Allocations
Uploading Fixtures
NatWest RugbyForce – 15 March deadline
The deadline to apply to be considered for a NatWest RugbyForce 2020 grant is 15 March 2020. This year the focus is on improving your social spaces. Now is the time to let us know how a NatWest RugbyForce grant of up to £3,000 could be a game changer for your club, what the impact would be on your social space and how it could in turn help bring the community into your club.

To register, click on the link to the application form below, and you can also find the terms & conditions below.
Register Here
Terms & Conditions
Regulation 9, RugbySafe and First Aid standards
Please read the following update here regarding the deployment of medical cover in CB activity. It is important to review Regulation 9 and the SimplyHealth RugbySafe Guides.
Use ‘Game On’ to keep games on
Results from the National Rugby Survey in October 2019 show that 30% of respondents, from across all roles in rugby, are aware of the Game On principles. An example of its positive introduction can be found in the Surrey RFU Reserve Leagues where 7% of games so far have implemented Game On principles to avoid cancellations.

Based on feedback from players, Game On was introduced into all adult male and female rugby, outside RFU Leagues and Cups, at the start of the 2019/20 season. The aim is to allow teams to be more flexible with the laws so that a game can go ahead even when teams do not have 15 players available.

In Staffordshire, Game On principles have been used to shape a new Social Merit League, providing players with regular, flexible, playing opportunities with positive effect. Read the case study below.

Game On options include flexibilities on match length, player numbers, substitutions, lineouts, scrums and application of the half game rule. Further details can be seen below.
Case Study
Game On Options
Finalising your plans for the tour season
With spring around the corner many clubs will be finalising their plans for the tour season. This year with the arrival of the Cornonavirus there’s an increased need to ensure that everything that needs to be in place is, especially whether the tour can go ahead and also check travel insurance. Make sure you are prepared:

• Check out the useful tour page on the england rugby website - Read
• Check that your club’s travel insurance policy is adequate – here is the link to our insurance page - Read
• Ensure you have adhered to the safeguarding policies - Read
• Make sure you have undertaken the risk assessment required - Read
• Keep a daily eye on the government’s advice on Coronavirus - Read
• Monitor the government’s website for an update on your proposed tour destination - Read
England Rugby training courses
Thank you to everyone who took part in the England Rugby training courses over the past six months. Click below to see the feedback received.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.
Front row logic tree revision
Questions raised recently in the National Leagues and community game have highlighted widespread confusion over teams being unable to replace a front row player, leading to uncontested scrums. We have therefore revised the front row logic tree to offer further explanation.

The below infographic is a reference guide prepared in consultation with practitioners and specialist professional staff, for sharing with your members and through your networks. Please ensure that you always check the competition regulations in place at the time of any match. If you have any questions, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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