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Distribution list: Tuesday 2 June

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

The rugby activity guidelines issued on Friday have now been updated to reflect the phased return to sport and recreation guidance issued by the government on Sunday 31 May.

We’ve also made the last call for registrations for the Adult Male Competition future structure webinar sessions that start tomorrow, have provided an update on the webinars and podcasts that are taking place this week, including the most recent one from Eddie Jones, and have provided information on the RFU virtual AGM which is taking place on Friday 12 June 2020.

We are aware that some players are feeling challenged in the current environment so we’ve provided information on how to provide mental health support to those in need at this difficult time.

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
Update on the impact of current government guidance on rugby clubs
The government issued further guidance regarding a phased return to sport and recreation on Sunday 31 May - click here to read. This includes more detailed information regarding the use of equipment, including balls, and the training of multiple groups. Accordingly, we have updated our guidelines.

Equipment sharing, including balls, is permitted, although should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practice must be in place at all times.

Two or more groups of six may train provided they are kept separate. RFU guidance is that there should be no more than four groups per full pitch and social distancing and strict hygiene measures must be observed.

Parents/carers observing a training session at a distant from a safeguarding perspective is permitted without them being part of the participating group.

While multiple small groups can engage in training at the same site, clubs must risk assess this properly and ensure that safe and adequate distancing between groups is strictly observed.

People should avoid mixing with too many others from outside their household in a short space of time and care should be taken at all times as there is a continued risk of infection.

As physical contact with anyone outside the same household is currently not permitted, the playing of any games remains suspended.

Click here to access the latest infographic.

There is no change to the guidance regarding club facilities. Each club should make individual decisions about when their outdoor facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely. Until a club believes it is safe and responsible to reopen, it should remain closed. Indoor facilities such as clubhouses should be kept closed, apart from toilets and throughways. Facilities that are open must follow relevant government guidance. Click here to access a guide which has been prepared in respect of reopening a facility.
Rugby community doing great things
Marking Volunteers’ Week, Eddie Jones has praised all the rugby volunteers across nationwide. During the coronavirus pandemic, with volunteers helping communities to cope, this week-long celebration of our volunteers even more meaningful. Every grassroots rugby club is at the heart of its local community and many are helping more than ever during the coronavirus crisis. Click here to read.

Olney RFC has become the first English rugby club to be awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities, the Queen’s Award, created in 2002 to celebrate the golden anniversary of The Queen's coronation, is the equivalent of an MBE for volunteer groups. Click here to read.

In addition, Julian Edwards and his son Theo, who are both members of the North Midlands Referees Society, are raising much needed funds for the RFU Injured Players Foundation (IPF) and the Matt Hampson Foundation. Click here to read their story.

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK are proud supporters of the rugby volunteers across England who make up an integral part of the game. 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.
Recognition Programme
Other important matters
Last call to register for the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure online consultation sessions
The online consultation webinars on the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure review start on 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
Furlough - the next phase and how to prepare for when it ends - Wednesday 3 June at 12.30pm
The Government has extended the furlough scheme until the end of October with further guidance highlighting the changes in policy. This webinar, delivered in partnership with Irwin Mitchell, will provide guidance and support on the next phase of the furlough scheme and how to prepare for when it ends. Click below to register.
Register for the 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. Registrations are now open below.
The Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast: World's Best
This week's Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast focuses on core skills and how to make the best players even better. Click below to listen.
Catch up on previous webinars
For those who want to catch up on previous webinars, these are available on the England Rugby website. Please click on the links below:

Club Webinars
Referee Webinars
Coach Webinars
AGM Notices & AGM Representation
The RFU virtual AGM is next Friday, 12 June, so we would encourage you to log on to the AGM Portal to nominate your representative or appoint your proxy. At the weekend we sent out duplicate copies of the AGM Notices to all Voting Members so please look for an RFU email from "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." and check your junk folder if you can’t find it.

We are aware that some members may not receive RFU emails due to circumstances beyond our control as their email system/server bounces them back. If you cannot find your AGM Notice, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. advising the name of your Voting Club/CB and they will send your log-in details.

Please click below for further information about the virtual AGM.
AGM Webpage
Other support available
Supporting players who may currently feel challenged
We know many players have been challenged by the last few months, which may be causing some to have mental health issues that they have never experienced before. We therefore want highlight how we can support those who are having difficulties at this time.

While rugby is shut down, there are training tips available to help club members to keep fit. Visit @englandrugby on Instagram for regular fitness and workout content.

All of the workout content has been designed to suit a wide audience, no equipment is needed and all exercises can all be done from the safety of your own home.

Equipping coaches with the knowledge, skills and confidence to better understand and support people living with mental health problems, as well as with ways to support their own mental health, is crucial both now and going forward. UK Coaching, their awarding body 1st4sport and course partners: Mind and Sport England are offering their online course ‘Mental Health Awareness for Sport & Physical Activity’ for free to the wider rugby community. To access this course, you will need to register an account on the UKCoaching website or follow them on Twitter here for more information on this opportunity.

Mental health support information is also available on Englandrugby.com through RugbySafe, which is supported by Simplyhealth, and also on Simplyhealth’s own website. Click below to access.