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Distribution: Tuesday 21 April 2020
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Please find below the ninth edition of our Coronavirus (Covid-19) update.

Today we’ve provided an update on the new government Covid-19 business support finder tool and the current position regarding tickets for the Autumn Internationals. We’ve also highlighted a bonus edition of the coaching webinar series which includes input from Eddie Jones.

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. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.
Rugby community doing great things
We continue to receive inspirational stories from the rugby community, from Essington RFC’s partnership with Street Buddies to Writtle Wanderers’ delivery of 600 Easter Eggs to their local hospital, and Sunderland’s WhatsApp karaoke to Canvey Island’s fundraising hakas and haircuts.

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Emergency Loan Scheme

Applications received are now being processed. The deadline for clubs to apply for the first phase of the Emergency Loan Scheme is Thursday 30 April 2020. Click here to access information, or process an application.

Other support available
New government Covid-19 business support finder tool

This week the government launched a new ‘support finder’ tool to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.

The finder tool on GOV.UK will ask business owners to fill out a simple online questionnaire, which can take minutes to complete, and they will then be directed to a list of all the financial support they may be eligible for.

Click here to find out how this tool could be helpful.
Other important information
Quilter Internationals 2020

We are currently reworking the ticketing calendar for the 2020-21 season to realign the on sale dates for the Quilter Internationals in the autumn and we will send the revised dates to you as soon as they are finalised.

The visiting unions for Quilter Internationals in the autumn are:

• New Zealand
• Australia
• Argentina
• Tonga

We are continuing to follow government guidelines in these unprecedented times and working with the visiting unions regarding the guidelines of their governments.

While it is possible that we may need to make further changes to the ticketing calendar as things evolve, we currently anticipate that tickets for the Quilter Internationals in the autumn will go on sale from June.

The England Rugby Tuesday Training webinars

This webinar series focuses on coach and referee development topics, giving participants the opportunity to continue developing themselves during the rugby lockdown.

In a bonus edition of this series, England head coach Eddie Jones talks about coach and player development, as well as leadership. Click here to find out more.