Constituent Body Management
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The 35 Constituent Bodies (CBs) of the RFU comprise counties - some individual some combined - the three armed forces, Oxford and Cambridge Universities, The England Schools Rugby Football Union and England Students.
Depending on the number of member clubs, each CB annually elects one or two members to the RFU Council. CBs have a common committee structure linked to the RFU, provide their own administration and have their own strategic plans.
CBs fulfil a number of vital roles in order to help develop rugby within the community:
- Their volunteer members work closely in partnership with RFU Rugby Development Officers (RDOs) and local and regional organisations to help promote and develop the game of rugby union within their member clubs.
- CBs provide the RFU with local knowledge of their clubs, and act as a communication link between the clubs and the RFU. They also annually monitor club accounts and promote the use of the game-wide database, RugbyFirst.
- CB Rugby Development Partnerships plan, agree and implement a strategy for rugby development of all players within the CB and coordinate an annual player development programme.
- CBs provide opportunities to play representative rugby through teams who compete in the County Championship, from which the England Counties representative team is selected, the National Under-20 Championship, and at Under 18 level and below.
- CBs organise county leagues, manage county cup competitions and merit tables for club teams and manage leagues, merit tables or festivals for young players at U18 and below.
- CB Coaching Committees establish coach development programmes. CBs have close links with Referee Societies who train and develop referees. CBs work with the RFU to increase the number of volunteers with skills and commitment to administer the game at club level.
- CBs have delegated disciplinary powers to act in relation to infringement of any law of the game by players below National League level or for any conduct prejudicial to the game or for infringement of most RFU or IRB regulations.