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11 CB Send Out - 16 March 2007

Rugby Leaders Conference  

In just 14 days leaders from across the country meet to formulate plans to take advantage of RWC2007 to recruit adult players. Over 150 people have already registered on-line for the conference and been sent their delegate pack by post. If your CB has not filled your allocation or if you have another enthusiastic delegate who is keen to participate, please contact Laura Fear []. 


With just 175 days to the start of the Rugby World Cup, things are getting exciting with the National Adult Player recruitment campaign. An interactive and motivational launch was held with the RFU Regional Development Teams on 15 March. The CB Campaign Teams attending the Rugby Leaders Conference, will kick off the campaign in earnest and progress their planning to help clubs make the most of the campaign. To enable CBs to receive all the information they will need it is vital that all CB Campaign Team members are registered on RugbyFirst. If your Campaign Team is not yet registered, your CB Champion may be the right person to speak to or contact

RFF Awards Please find attached the latest awards made by the Rugby Football Foundation. 

RFUW Youth Age Bands  

All clubs are being reminded via the ezine that next season the youth age bands for women's rugby change from U14''s and U17"s to U15’s and U18’s.  All players must play within their age group and any contact training should also be in age groups. Read the RFUW Youth Age Bands for information on these changes and regulations for next season. 

RFU Child Welfare  

Training Courses

The Rugby Football Union is launching two new Child Protection Courses on 1 April. The courses are:

  • Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Rugby: for any member of staff or volunteers who are working with or have responsibility for children and young people (players under the age of 18 years) within rugby.
  • Club Welfare Officer Workshop: for Club Welfare Officers and their Deputies
    For further information please contact your CB Welfare Manager or Alexis Holding, Community Rugby Assistant, Rugby House, Twickenham, Tel: 0208 831 7987 Email: [].

Schools of Rugby   

The RFUW will have an involvement in the new CB Schools of Rugby as detailed in the final report. The attached one page document clarifies for all organisers how the girls’ element will be run.

Smoke Free Rugby clubs will have to comply with the ban on smoking in public places that comes into force this summer. From 1 July, 2007 all premises to which any section of the public has access - and this includes membership clubs and licensed premises – must be smoke-free to comply with the Health Act 2006.

Information on the steps that clubs need to take will be included in the April issue of Touchline. To find out more about the smoke-free legislation, clubs can call the RFU Legal Helpline on 0870 060 3437 (Mon to Fri 8am to 6pm excluding Bank Holidays), visit the Department of Health’s dedicated website dealing with the law change

Leisure Rugby  

More Pleasure than you can measure! This summer looks set to see a record number of Leisure Rugby events within England including: 20 beach rugby festivals, 100 touch rugby leagues, 20 Adult TAG rugby leagues, 8 summer 7’s leagues, 30 special community promotional events. There is a growing demand for the provision of ''easy to play’ forms of the game from people who have lifestyles which restrict their access the normal game. There is also demand from people who would like to participate in a non contact sport where mixed age and genders can enjoy playing together.

To cater for this demand, the Rugby Football Union established a specialist Leisure Rugby Team: Alan Black (Manager), Dan Brown (Project Manager), David Fotherby (Events Co-ordinator) and Beverley Collier (Administrator). Part time project co-ordinators are also employed for specific projects and during peak activity. If you are running any Leisure Rugby events, especially if you wish any support, please email, call 0870 143 2414 or visit the Leisure Rugby page of the RFU website for further information. 


Evan Crawford will be leaving the RFU in June to return to New Zealand. He will be taking up a position as High Performance Manager for the Wellington Rugby Union and Hurricanes Super 14 Franchise. The role has responsibility for coach, player (Hurricanes Academy) and high performance referee development and works closely with the NZ High Performance Manager. In his five and a half years at the RFU, Evan has led his team to continually improve our coach development processes which we can rightly be proud are world class. Please join us in thanking him for his contribution and wishing him success in his new role. 

EDF Clash of the Titans  

Who will it be? Sale Sharks or Leicester Tigers, Ospreys or Cardiff Blues? Whoever wins in the EDF Energy Cup semi finals this month we are promised an Anglo Welsh battle at the Twickenham EDF Energy Cup Finals Day on Sunday April 15th. Be there for a great contest on the hallowed turf on a day that encompasses the EDF Intermediate Cup, Senior Vase, National Trophy and Junior Vase finals. Tickets are on sale via the Ticketmaster website.




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