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Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
This week’s headlines include:
1. Steve Grainger video update on Return to Rugby, including travel
2. Return to Play guidance
3. Facilities guidance
4. Club Cluster Competitions
5. Inner Warrior

Other Updates
6. Webinars and podcasts
7. #ShowYourShirt reaches 600
8. Dursley’s new strip

We are now at Stage E which means tag and contact training can now continue under adaptations with matches allowed from Friday 18 December. There is no obligation to return to matches straight away and we would encourage a staged return to contact for players.
RFU Headlines
Return to Rugby update
RFU Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger gives an update on the return to rugby and travel guidance.
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RFU Headlines
Allianz Inner Warrior Returns
As we return to rugby, we bring you even more good news with the return of the Warrior Camps from January 2021. Clubs will have until Friday 18 December to register their interest using the form below and if you have any questions please get in touch via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out our Facebook page.
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Return to Play update
Last week’s return to rugby has been welcomed and appreciated at all levels. Linked below is a reminder video of the new adaptations approved from Age Grade to adult rugby, as well as webinars supporting the Return to Play.

Alongside this, we will be hosting a live Webinar with Steve Granger, Director of Rugby Development, on Tuesday 15 December at lunch time so please send us your questions. You will be able to register below from Friday on the Coronavirus page via the link below.

A reminder that clubs and players are under no obligation to return to contact matches from Friday 18 December.

Return to Play support is also available below, and click for Club Support Centre FAQs.
Webinar Resources
Coronavirus Page
Facilities guidance
With current guidance from DCMS and Government being updated regularly, we will be helping our clubs to stay up to date around travel, bar and social space guidance, as well as that for changing rooms and other facilities. Using our FAQs section, alongside an easy to use infographic that can be found below, we hope to see rugby clubs returning to a more normal state in the coming weeks and months.

If you do not find an answer to your query there, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will respond as quickly as we can.
Support Centre
Quick Guide
Club Cluster Competitions
We are considering options for managing the potential issues caused by clubs being in a Tier that doesn’t permit travel outside of their area. More information will be sent to clubs this week via their local organising committee so please keep an eye out. Start dates for these are still to be confirmed.
Webinars and Podcasts
Return to Play Webinar support is available below:

Stage E - U7-U13
Stage E - U14-U18
Stage E - Adult

Return to Stage E with Steve Grainger
This live webinar with Steve Granger, Director of Rugby Development, at midday on Tuesday 15 December, is being held to answer your questions on the return to rugby and Stage E on the Return to Community Roadmap. Please send questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register and tune in to ask them live.

Coaching the game
An England Rugby panel will take questions from coaches focusing on coaching the game and the opportunities the adaptations might bring for player development in Stage E - Wednesday 9 December 7pm – 8pm. Register here.

Preparing Players for a Return to Rugby
Tim Hall – England U18s Strength & Conditioning Coach will be leading this Webinar on preparing players for a return to rugby – Thursday 10 December 7:30pm – Register here

You can see all our previous CoachingRefereeing, and Club webinars online.
Other important updates
#ShowYourShirts hits 600
This weekend, not only did we see England’s men win the Autumn Nations Cup in a climatic finish in front of 2,000 fans, but 600 of your clubs shirts also showed the community game was behind the team as well as reminding people of the efforts of volunteers around the country who have worked so hard to keep their clubs going during the pandemic. Thank you to all the clubs that sent us their shirts.

You can see photos of them using the below link. If you wish to use them in any advertising all we ask is you credit “RFU collection via Getty images”.
Shirt Images
Dursley’s new strip
Dursley RFC have been doing some exceptional stuff during the pandemic not only shaving their heads for NHS Combined Charity Fund but also decided on a Year of Fundraising for the British Heart Foundation after the loss of their Colts Coach which saw them scale Mount Snowden in their budgy smugglers.
Dursley RFC
We want to highlight the wonderful activities that our clubs and their teams are doing on our England Rugby channels. Please share 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..