Warwickshire Rugby Football Union
WELCOME TO THE LATEST WARWICKSHIRE RUGBY NEWS:-
RFU CLUSTER FIXTURE PROPOSALS.
Following the decision from the RFU Council to cancel the 20/21 League Season for Men’s (Level 3 and below) and Women’s (Level 2 and below) RFU Leagues, plans have been developed to instigate local cluster fixtures, to help facilitate a return to contact rugby when permitted to do so (hopefully in the New Year). This local cluster competition would not be used to determine League positions for the 2021/22 season.
The proposal is based around five principles:
• Providing clubs with structured local competitive fixtures
• Based on contact rugby (either full contact or adapted variations dependent on Government advice)
• Minimised travel times
• Local clusters of up to seven teams (this number will vary according to specific regions and agreed local needs)
• Relaxed regulations to remove barriers to participation
All teams in RFU Leagues (Men's level 3 and below / Women's level 2 and below) will have been contacted by their Organising Committee on Friday 13 November with more detailed information about local clusters and how you can sign up. Equally, clubs are free to opt out if they wish to play in another locally organised model, or to simply arrange matches on an ad-hoc basis.
Calling on age grade players to #GetYourShirtOn
Despite the community club game being suspended due to the national lockdown, we want all our age grade players to stay active and connected with their clubs.
So, we will be starting weekly Sunday fitness and rugby activity live streams for U6s - U18s on the England Rugby YouTube channel throughout November. These sessions, led by England legends and experts, will include a mix of fun activities for all age grade players (and their parents!) to enjoy. We want everyone joining in wearing their club shirts and sharing their pride on social media using #GetYourShirtOn.
Keep an eye on the England Rugby social media channels for the build-up
RFU 2020/21 AGE GRADE PLAYING CALENDAR.
We are pleased to confirm the following points relating to the Age Grade Playing Calendar this season, as outlined to RFU Council on 11th November:
1. The Age Grade season, as previously communicated, is extended and will end on Monday 31 May 2021.
2. Flexibility is permitted and encouraged in the approved 2020/21 calendars to keep as many players engaged and included as possible. This requires local collaboration and decisions by CBs with CSUs and other age grade stakeholders. There is no need for national approval.
3. Once we recommence contact rugby, CB representative rugby activity will pick up from that point – there is no regression to, or rearrangement of, what has not happened this season. However, what remains scheduled can still go ahead, including, at this point, the Under 17 male and Under 18 and 15 female programmes after Christmas.
4. The Under 18 Academy league programme has been revised for this season, reduced from 8 matches to 4 in a shorter window. The dates are the weekends of 12/13/14 & 19/20/21 February 2021 and 5/6/7 & 12/13/14 March 2021.
5. For clarity, the only exemptions for elite play in Academies is in the 13 RFU licensed academies – any other activity titled “academy” has no exemption and must return under the community rugby protocols.
The staging of all these activities and format of play must be in line with our Return to Rugby Roadmap and the Government Covid-19 guidance in place at the time.
2021/22 Age Grade Playing Calendar
It has not been possible so far this year to release the Age Grade Playing Calendar national template due to the impact of Covid-19. However, we are aiming to have the Calendar out to CBs, CSUs, academies, clubs, colleges and schools in December to enable everyone to plan for next season.
ENGLAND RUGBY COACHING COURSES.
New information on the roll out of new RFU courses - see under Coaching.
RFU COVID 19 UPDATE
England is now in national lockdown until Wednesday 2 December and all team sports have been suspended, including club age grade and adult rugby activities below Championship and Premier 15s.
With effect from today, we return to Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. This means that no competitive or formal rugby activities can be undertaken until at least Wednesday 2 December. While group training sessions are banned, a maximum of two players (or one player and one coach) can participate in socially distanced (two metres plus), individual training sessions in a public outside space, but not a garden, without sharing equipment. FAQ's from Sport England are available.
Although leisure and sports facilities must stay closed, clubhouses can remain open to provide take away, click and collect and food delivery services up until 10pm. They may also be used in other limited circumstances
RFU LOCAL DELIVERY TEAM
See update from Andy Fradgley under Club Development
RFU LEGAL AND TAX HELPLINE
As the official legal partner to England Rugby, Irwin Mitchell have taken over the Legal and Tax Helpline. The support also includes an online legal document service, including documents such as employment agreements and privacy notices for your club’s website.
The new legal and tax helpline number is 0333 0100337.
Register to access the legal document service here: https://www.irwinmitchell.com/england-rugby/legal-portal
The government has announced a framework for the return of recreational team sport which is applicable from Saturday 11 July. This is a welcomed development and a positive step towards the return of some form of competitive rugby. The framework was developed following discussions with other team sports, Sport England and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
The next step is for the RFU to develop it's own rugby action plan, based on the framework, specifically considering the Coronavirus transmission risk and demonstrating mitigations and any adaptations to the game that are required. This will need to be agreed to by government, PHE and HSE before it can be implemented within clubs. Due to the intrinsic nature of rugby and the proximity of participants, it is recognised that there is the potential for an increased risk of droplet transmission. Working with expert medical advice and applying the activity exposure framework to various formats of rugby, we will update following our discussions with government. In the short term, it is likely that the format of rugby the community game is able to play will be a modified version, not the full 15-a-side game.
We will update the game as to when it can move to the next stage of the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap in the coming weeks. For now we remain at Stage B of the roadmap.
Under previously announced guidance, Premiership Rugby clubs moved to Stage 2: Elite Sport Return to Training Guidance on Monday 6 July, which allows for the resumption of close contact training. This involves a detailed set of protocols and includes a COVID-19 testing programme. Championship and Premier 15s clubs are eligible to return under the elite guidance should they chose to do so, or can follow the community return to rugby roadmap.
We will continue to provide updates to the game throughout the process. Please click below to remind yourself of the RFU's Return to Community Rugby Roadmap and read the latest framework for the return of recreational team sport announced by the government.