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Distribution list: Tuesday 27 October

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
In today’s edition, we provide advice and tips on Return4Rugby, Sport England funding and affected areas in the Covid-19 tier system and take the opportunity to look at the origins of ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’

With regard to showing the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup, Amazon has managed to secure a solution for pubs and clubs which we will be communicating with the game shortly once Amazon have finalised the detail. In the meantime, England v Ireland on Saturday 21 November will be shown on Channel 4, which will be available to any club who has a TV license.

We will also be shortly announcing the broadcaster for both fixtures in the Women’s Autumn Internationals as England face France.

We are constantly working with Government to return to rugby but, as a reminder, we are still at Stage D on the Roadmap, and RFU guidance, as well as Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidelines, must be followed. Local restriction powers lie with their local authorities and clubs need to check the latest position, as restrictions may change frequently over the coming weeks.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access coronavirus information and resources.

Past editions of these weekly updates can be found on the website.
RFU Headlines
Return4Rugby advice
Below we have tips and guidance for training. However, as we start to see matches take place there continues to be a real need to keep players safe. Any foul play incidents resulting in a red card will still involve the club adhering to the normal disciplinary process, including letting their CB know and arranging a club disciplinary hearing.

We have some ideas and tips for those delivering rugby in education and the age grade game, including some session plans and guidance on how to enthuse, support and stretch your players.
Other important updates
Sport England Return to Play Fund
Sport England have launched a new £16.5 million fund to give additional help to the sport and physical activity sector during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Return to Play Fund will support groups, clubs and organisations, including rugby clubs, who have been impacted by restrictions. This will be split into three strands, Small Grants, Community Asset Funds and Active Together. You can find out if your club is eligible for support via the link below.
Sport England Fund
Revised local lockdown restrictions
We are advised that unless local restrictions specifically mention restrictions on team sports and/or rugby, clubs should follow the NGB guidelines. In all cases, clubs must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with Covid-19 secure guidance.

Clubs can check what local restrictions are in place in their area.

Tier 1 - Medium:

Current nationwide rules will apply to areas in this tier. With regards to sporting activities in tier 1, exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of six is followed.

Tier 2 – High:

In tier 2, exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with, or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport.

Tier 3 – Very High:

Sporting activities in tier 3 are the same as tier 2 areas, although additional measures agreed with local authorities could include the closing of venues such as leisure centres and gyms, while ensuring provision remains available for elite athletes, youth and disabled sport and physical activity.

With Covid-19 rates rising, keeping players, coaches and support staff safe is vital. Our Club Hub offers PPE to support the game. Find out how to register and see the product guide.

We will provide an update to the game if there is any change in guidance to playing rugby union. You can read more information about what you need to know about the Government’s local Covid-19 alert levels.
Rule Of Six
Area Tier Info
Test and trace and handling of Covid-19 positive tests
Clubs are reminded of the need to have a Test & Trace system in place. You can find out more about NHS Test & Trace below, or read about Howdens Test and Trace here.

In the event of positive tests occuring within a club, including retrospective cases, each case should be registered via the Positive Test Notification Form, which can be accessed on the link below. This information is requested to allow us to monitor the number of confirmed positive Covid-19 tests occurring in clubs and to ensure that clubs have the appropriate support.
NHS Test & Trace
Notification Form
Webinars and Podcasts
Watch Sarah Hunter with Irwin Mitchell's Mentoring Club below, as well as the lastest episode of the England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line.

You can see all our previous CoachingRefereeing, and Club webinars online.
O2 Inside Line



Sarah Hunter
The Story of 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'
This week saw the release of the educational documentary on the origins of 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'.

It explains the story and the meaning behind the song, describes how it became associated with rugby, reflects on the views of players past and present and allows fans to make up their own minds about its use.
Swing Low
Rugby community
Today we are asking you to vote for two inspiring women, Kate Nicholls of Witney Rugby Club and Zainab Alema of Barnes RFC, both shortlisted for The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year 2020.

Alongside this, Dom Palacio and Richmond Rugby are supplying local children with free school meals during half-term.

In addition to clubs helping their communities, we are now highlighting on englandrugby.com clubs’ self-help initiatives, as well as activities to improve diversity and inclusion at clubs and stories from around the game.

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Inspiring Women
Free School Meals