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Distribution: Tuesday 14 April 2020
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Please find below the seventh edition of our Coronavirus (Covid-19) update.

Today we’ve highlighted some of the inspirational stories that we’re receiving from the rugby community regarding their work with their local communities, as well as provided an update on the Adult Male Future Competition Structure consultations, payment of players declaration and have also included information on some useful coaching websites to access.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access Coronavirus (Covid-19) information and updates here.

We’ve also captured past editions of these twice-weekly updates on this part of the website too. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.

We will continue to provide regular updates through this communication to support the rugby community.
Rugby community doing great things
Inspirational stories of rugby clubs helping the NHS, their members and wider communities continue to tell of the amazing contribution being made across the country. From mental health wellbeing programmes to blood donor stations and toilet roll challenges to head shaves the rugby family is making a huge difference.

Click below to read this week’s article on the England Rugby website.

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Emergency Loan Scheme

Click here to access information, or process an application, for the first phase of the Emergency Loan Scheme, which is open until Thursday 30 April 2020.
Other important information
Covid-19 Government & England Rugby support webinar

We will be running a webinar on Thursday 16 April from 7.00pm to 8.00pm to help rugby clubs understand the support available from the RFU, government and Sport England. If you wish to take part in this event, please register in advance here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email which will provide instructions on how to join the event. A programme of further club support webinars will be announced shortly.

Adult Male Future Competitions Structure

We have decided to pause the planned Future Competition Structure consultations for the foreseeable future so that clubs, Constituent Bodies and the RFU can focus on the immediate priorities that have arisen as a result of COVID-19, and until start date and plans for 2020/21 season are clearer. We believe the previously communicated timeline for implementation of a new competitions structure in season 2021/22 is still very much achievable.

However, no change will be agreed or implemented without consultation with the game and RFU Council. This situation will be continually monitored and an open mind will be kept as to when the consultations with the game and a Council decision can now take place, although it is unlikely this will happen, as planned, at Friday 12 June's Council meeting.

Payment of Players

Thank you to over 300 clubs that have submitted their payment of players declarations.

As a reminder, the payment of players declaration is due to be submitted between Sunday 1 March and Tuesday 30 June 2020. As set out in RFU Regulation 7.4.1, all clubs whose men’s first XV team plays at Level 3 and below, and who wish to be entitled to RFU Benefits in the 2020-21 season, must submit a declaration within the window in respect of any Gross Payments of Material Benefits paid or payable between Saturday 1 June 2019 of the previous year and Sunday 31 May 2020. RFU Regulation 7 is available here, and a list of FAQs can be found here. A guide on how to submit the declaration can be found here. Please note that this has changed since the 2018-19 season.

Please remember clubs will be free to exceed the payment thresholds laid out in Regulation 7 and are not obliged to submit a declaration but in doing so will render the club ineligible for RFU benefits in the 2020-21 season. For more information or any queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Health and Wellbeing

During these challenging times, we’d like to remind people of the support available for everyone in the game around mental health. Click here for more information.

Lifestyle and Nutrition

At all levels of the game, a better approach to nutrition can improve performance on the pitch. We have advice for players, parents and coaches on everything they need to know, with a food-first approach. With many families spending time together sharing food and cooking duties what better time to test out your cooking skills with some great recipes. Click here to access more information.

Improve your Nutrition Knowledge and earn a certificate in nutrition with our partners at Optimum Nutrition by clicking here.

Coach Development

With the season now over and the suspension of training courses, we have identified some fantastic online learning courses from the world of coach development. All courses are free of charge. Please share with your coaching team by clicking here.

• The Open University offer a range of free courses for coaches and coach developers. Packed with great content and ideas, they allow you to work through each module in your own time. You can see the Coaching Others to Coach course here, and the Exploring the Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury course here.

• iCoachKids offers s great open online course providing free e-learning for all children and youth coaches. You can read more information here.

• UK Coaching has made 10 of its online courses free of charge until the Sunday 3 May 2020. Read more about the courses here.

Media Support Workshop

As we continue to work our way through these uncertain times, we are looking at additional ways in which the RFU can support the rugby community. We would like to host a media support workshop, initially for CBs and then rolled out to clubs in the near future.

The aim of the virtual workshop is to provide hints and ideas on things you can be doing now to share with your local media. We would also like to have a discussion on what we can provide to assist you once we are able to get the game back up and running.

Ideally, we would be keen for the webinar to be attended by whoever you have nominated to look after your communications. Please could the HonSec of each CB email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to advise who should be on the list to receive an invitation later this week to join the virtual webinar which will take place week of 20 April.