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Warwickshire Rugby Football Union

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Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Celebration of Life to be held on May 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Coventry Cathedral, 1 Hill Top, Coventry CV1 5AB. Refreshments will follow at the Coventry Rugby Club, Butts Rd. Coventry CV1 3GE.
Contributions in his memory may be made to American Association for Cancer Research, 615 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the death of Chis Wheatley (Warwickshire RFU, Coventry RFC & Kenilworth RFC). “The best centre never to play for England”, according to David Duckham,
When I have more details I will pass them on to you all.
May He Rest In Peace.
Charlie McGinty

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of John Richardson after a long illness. John (or “Plum” as he was widely known) joined Leamington Rugby Club after school in 1948 and, except for a spell of National Service, played regularly for the Club from then until the late 1960’s when he retired from playing. He was an outstanding prop-forward and captained the club in 1960/61 and 1961/62.
A Solicitor by profession, as his playing career began to wind down during the 1960s, he began to widen his interest in the administration of the game and he became the club’s representative on the South Warwickshire RFU. From there he became a representative on the Warwickshire union. John became club President in 1973/74 and 1974/75 and was elected as an Honorary Life Member around this time, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Club and to the game in general. He became President of Warwickshire RFU in 1981 and its representative on the Rugby Football Union. It was s a great honour for both the Club and the County when John was elected as President of the Rugby Football Union in 1995/96. It was a difficult time for anyone to take on this office, as the game was going through the transition from amateur to open status, with all the well-publicised difficulties that this involved. We were proud that John managed to make such a great success of the role, due to his practical approach to matters, his warm and friendly approach and his honesty and integrity.
After his spell in the top job, John maintained his interest in the game through his involvement with Leamington and nationally he continued to serve as President of the Students RFU until 2012,when he stood down due to his failing health.

He will be sadly missed and our best wishes go to Diana and his family. Funeral arrangements are not yet known.

A reminder to everyone of the Natwest RugbyForce 2019 opportunity to clubs, more information on what is available and the link to the Natwest RugbyForce webpage is below;

In brief the rewards for registering by 17th March 2019 include:

∙ Support packages of £500 awarded to 425 clubs who are selected
∙ Six clubs will have the opportunity to receive a grant of £3,000 and a legend visit by telling us how their project will make their rugby club a place for all
∙ NatWest RugbyForce t-shirts & promotional materials for the 425 clubs selected
∙ The opportunity to access additional funding later on in the programme
∙ The application form is simple to fill in.

HMRC have released further information on the new Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT requirements. Rugby clubs that are VAT registered with taxable supplies above £85,000pa, will generally have to keep records digitally, and provide information to HMRC using specialised functional compatible software for VAT reporting. There are generally no exemptions if a rugby club is a CASC or a charity, so these clubs (if applicable) should check their current accounting and record keeping procedures regularly. This will ensure that they will be in compliance with the requirements of MTD for VAT which is due to come into force on 1st April 2019.

Is back - see under Club Development. Application process available until March 2019.

There is a closed Facebook group that clubs may wish to use to obtain fixtures if yours is cancelled.
The site is at
However remember - you still need to advise the Referees Society of any changes.

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