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10 CB Send Out - 18 April 2007

County Championship

You will be aware that this year''s County Championship will be using IRB sanctioned Experimental Law Variations (ELVs). These have been instigated by the IRB as part of their long term strategy to review the future development of the game. This is a world-wide initiative which the RFU, together with other major unions, are supporting to ensure robust research into how rugby union football should be played. Andrew Rogers will shortly be in contact with your County Coaches to provide them with a DVD explaining these.

We would recommend that counties invite a nominated referee to attend training sessions since they have had face-to-face briefings. Please contact [] to arrange a national panel referee to attend one of your training sessions. It will be helpful to players and referees to have experienced these variations in practice. Any warm up matches are also recommended to use the experimental law variations.

Rugby Leaders Conference 2007

The 180 or so people who attended the Conference have given very positive feedback about the launch of the GoPlayRugby campaign. The success of the event is down to the people who take part.  Getting CB campaign teams and current players to attend the conference was a difficult task requiring some hard work from you. Thank you very much for your efforts to get the right delegates. 

A CDROM with copies of all the presentations, video and resources was given to all the delegates and is being sent to all Rugby Development Officers.  The full conference outcomes are due out by the end of April. A special ''GoPlayRugby'' supplement will be appearing with the May issue of Touchline for all clubs and CBs. 

We have shown that the Conference is successful when the delegates have a proactive interest in the content, a philosophy which will continue in the future. Preliminary planning for the 2008 Rugby Leaders Conference is underway. In response to feedback from volunteers we are evaluating options to hold the event earlier, possibly in January, to allow more time for planning. Watch this space for further details.


Following the Rugby Leaders Conference the campaign planning phase is well underway. CB Campaign Teams have ''picked up the ball'' and are running their launches to clubs over the coming weeks. The national media campaign will begin in July so it is vital that our priority clubs are ready to take full advantage of this. We have made a great start. If there are any questions about the campaign, please contact Andy Lees, [] or


The dedicated Helpdesk has been extended by a further 13 weeks. The hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 12:00-16:00 and 17:00-20:30. During normal working hours other members of the team will be on hand to respond. The helpdesk can be contacted on 0870 999 2003 (calls charged at National Rate) or by e-mail at

Young people and urban culture

Substance, a not for profit research and evaluation cooperative, based in Manchester, are holding a conference in September 2007 "Beyond Engagement: Inclusion, sport and popular culture". This conference is particularly focused on issues relating to sports-based community engagement work and there will be both up to the minute research and workshops on issues such as accessing funding and alternative activities. For more details visit

CB Orientation Day

Does your CB have new volunteers for next season? Following very positive feedback from our last event, we are beginning planning for our next ''orientation day'' for new CB volunteers. It is likely to take place in October (but may be slightly later than last year due to the Rugby World Cup). Due to increased demand more places will be on offer but get your nominees in early so they don''t miss out. If you want anything specific on the agenda, please let [] know. 


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