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Distribution list: Friday 29 May

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

Following yesterday’s announcement regarding the easing of lockdown measures, we have developed some further guidance regarding training at rugby clubs.

Don’t forget the virtual sessions taking place on the Adult Male Competition Future Structure review, or the webinars scheduled for next week.

National Volunteer Week 2020 starts next Monday and we’ve highlighted some great rugby club volunteer initiatives and also put a call out for more stories and videos about our clubs’ work nationwide.

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
Impact of current government guidance on rugby clubs
Following yesterday’s announcement regarding the easing of lockdown measures effective from Monday 1 June, we have developed some further guidance.

Rugby activity remains suspended. However, government advice now states that individuals may, if clubs wish to open their facilities, engage in outdoor field based individual training with members of their own households, or as part of a small group of up to six individuals from different households whilst staying two metres apart. People should avoid mixing with too many people from outside of their household in a short space of time. Any involvement of coaching personnel must be included as part of a group of six people. Care should be taken at all times as there is a continued risk of infection. Given this equipment, including rugby balls, should not be shared with anyone outside of an individual’s own household.

Click here to access the infographic we have produced which provides simple guidance regarding training at rugby clubs.

There is no change to the guidance regarding club facilities. Each club should make individual decisions about when their facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely. Until a club believes it is safe and responsible to re-open, it should remain closed. Facilities that are open must follow relevant government guidance.

Click here to access the guide reopening your club house based on current government guidance.

We are producing a roadmap to show the steps that we aim to take to reboot rugby as lockdown measures ease further. We will share this with the rugby community by the end of next week.

In addition, we are looking at the impact of the above on restarting adult and age grade competitions and playing opportunities, plans are nearing completion, we expect to be able to announce intent based on different scenarios for next season’s start date in the next few weeks.

Click here to read the government’s current guidance on staying safe outside your home.
Other Important Information
Adult Male Future Competitions Structure - register for online consultation sessions
The online consultation webinars on the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure review start next Wednesday and run throughout June. The following sessions will be running from 7-9pm, unless otherwise stated:

 Wednesday 3 June - Level 3 & 4
 Thursday 4 June - Level 5 & 6 (Session 1: 3pm | Session 2: 7pm)
 Monday 8 June - Level 7 & below (North)
 Wednesday 10 June - Level 7 & below (Midlands)
 Thursday 11 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 1 - 3pm)
 Monday 15 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 2)
 Wednesday 17 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 1)
Thursday 18 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 2 - 3pm)

For those not able to make the live sessions, webinars will be recorded, with content available to view for the following two weeks and the ability to submit feedback.

To find out more about the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure and register for a webinar, please click below.
Full Details
Webinars and Podcasts
To find the full details of the webinar programme through to Thursday 11 June, please click below.
Webinar Programme
John Mitchell Training Session – Tuesday 2 June at 7pm
John Mitchell, England’s defence coach, will discuss the breakdown. Click below to register.
Media Support Webinar – Thursday 4 June at 7pm
The Media Support Webinar will provide tips and ideas on things you can be doing now to share with your local media. This will include a discussion on what we can provide to assist you once we are able to get the game back up and running. Registration details will be available in the Tuesday 2 June edition of the Community Game Update.
Catch up on previous webinars
Rugby community doing great things
Every year Volunteers' Week takes place from the 1 - 7 June to thank the millions of volunteers across the UK. During the coronavirus pandemic, with volunteers helping communities to cope, it is even more meaningful.

In England rugby is tremendously fortunate to have more than 100,000 volunteers who ensure that the game thrives nationwide. Their selfless efforts are now more important than ever both for their clubs and local communities.

Every grassroots rugby club is at the heart of its local community and many are helping more than ever during the coronavirus crisis. Click below to read about the impressive work being undertaken by Edwardians FC, Mansfield Rugby Club, Old Northamptonians RFC, Nottingham Corsairs RFC, Olney RFC, Ryton RFC and Scunthorpe RUFC.

In conjunction with Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, proud supporters of the rugby volunteers across England who make up an integral part of the game, next week, to celebrate National Volunteers’ Week 2020, we want to continue to thank volunteers in the rugby community nationwide for making a big difference in their communities during the pandemic. Help us recognise your work by sharing your 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.
Community Spirit
Recognition Programme