|March 2021 – Return to Rugby
|This edition includes:
1. Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund – Loans prospectus
2. Return to Rugby On-field guidance
3. Return to Rugby Off-field guidance
4. Adult Male Future Competition Structure
5. RFU Council
6. Warrior Camps to return in May – sign up now!
7. Richard Jones Legacy
Send photos and videos to @EnglandRugby of you gearing up for rugby; cleaning your boots, preparing the pitch and getting your kit ready with #ReturnToRugby.
Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund Loans update
We are now able to provide you with the advance prospectus alongside a video from RFU National Facility Development Manager, Ted Mitchell, that details the formats and the terms of asset loans available.
This can also be found on our loans page, with the application period is set to open in early April.
Return to Rugby – on field guidance
Monday will see the return of rugby at Stage D1, with Stage D2 (from Monday 26 April). We have updated our Age Grade Document to now include the below.
Adaptations to Age Grade Rugby for 2021-22
Based on feedback we have made changes to Age Grade Rugby for 2021-22. These enable teams to be combined either up or down one age in the teenage years, if there are not enough numbers to field full sides in a single age group. We envisage this will be the exception, but the ability to do so could make the difference for these players who have been particularly disrupted by the pandemic; their safe transition to adult rugby is one of our highest risks. The 17 year olds playing adult changes have been revised to support this.
The Age Grade changes document, version three, is on the Return to Rugby page below.
Guidance includes advice for incremental contact training, building up to a max of 20 mins per session, excluding scrums and mauls, recommended coach to player ratio, equipment use and sanitisation advice.
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Return to Rugby – off field guidance
Off field guidance can be found on the return to rugby page with some of the more common questions answered in our FAQs which can be found below.
All guidelines apply from Monday 29 March Government Step 1B until Government’s Step 2 comes into force, which will be no earlier than Monday 12 April.
Details on Easter camps and Summer activity can also be found on the return to Rugby page. The age grade out of season regulation (see 15.8) is suspended in 2021. This is replaced with an RFU Summer Training and Playing Framework this year to enable age grade players to catch up on missed rugby development opportunities safely.
On Friday 9 April the summer rugby training and playing framework for age grade players will be launched, including CB, DPP and rugby camps. The framework will be operational from June to the end of August and will include contact training and inter club activity.
Support Centre FAQs
Sport England FAQs
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