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02 CB Send Out - 21 November 2008

Rugby Landscape 

As you may be aware Council debated the Rugby Landscape Task Group report at its meeting on 14 November. Their decision is explained the subsequent press release. Clearly there's a lot of work to be done in preparation for the changes and much of this is already underway. Updates will be provided by the Tournaments & Competition Department as appropriate.

Play On Pathfinders 

Thank you to everyone who has been working hard to recruit more O2 Pathfinders. We have achieved over 50% of our target and the latest list is attached (Campaign Leaders have been sent contact details).

Our objective is to track players who may be moving on at the end of the season, so it is really important that all of our O2 Pathfinders understand the simple steps they need to take to achieve this. We are asking RDOs to organise O2 Pathfinder Network Meetings in each CB to:

  • 1. clarify the role, especially for those who have signed up via the web site and have therefore not spoken directly to an RDO as part of their recruitment
  • 2. share what works and what doesn't
  • 3. hand out hoodies, posters, pre-paid envelopes, player details forms and updated guides

The events will take place between in January and February 2009. This will give schools the second half of the Spring Term to complete all of their exit forms for players who may be leaving.

Community Rugby Retention Year Toolkit Funding 

As we approach the mid point of the season, signs are encouraging that the Play On Campaign is improving player retention. Each CB Campaign Leader has been sent a letter asking them to complete the mid term evaluation form for their activity against the plan they submitted at the start of the year. As this is part of the condition of funding, the completed form needs to be returned to Charley Cullender [] by 31 December 2008, please.

Merit Table/Junior Leagues 

Please read the letter that explains the changes to RFU funding and support for Merit Tables/Junior Leagues, together with an application form.

RFU Injured Players Foundation

This new charity to support injured players has been formed from a merger of SPIRE and the RFU. The work of the charity encompasses injury research projects; education on the management of injuries as well as the implementation of the 'New Vision' to support those rare players who suffer a catastrophic injury playing rugby. The team will be based in the Community Rugby department and work for the Foundation:

Dr Mike EnglandMedical Director
Karen HoodMedical Manager
Dave PhillipsInjured Player Welfare Officer
Tim BonnettClient Support Executive

The charity will be joined by an administrator and a fundraiser as the season progresses. For further information, please contact [].

EDF Energy Cup Payments 

Clubs will have their travel payments calculated and paid automatically so they do not need to claim for these.  For the share of the competition fund which they receive upon being knocked out of the competition they should send an invoice, with VAT added if they are registered, to Sandra Negreira, RFU Club Accountant, Rugby Football Union, Rugby House, Rugby Road, Twickenham, TW1 1DS.  The amounts available are:

National Trophy Intermediate Cup Senior Vase Junior Vase
First round losers4,000540100100
Second round losers5,000730300150
Third round losers6,000920400250
Fourth round losers7,0001,140500300
Fifth round losers8,000n/a750400
Sixth round losersn/an/a750400
Seventh round losersn/an/an/a600
Runners up24,0004,0003,5003,000

Extension to National TAG Festival Programme 2008/09

The National Child Victims of Crime/YAZOO TAG Rugby Festival will be held at Rugby School on 7/8 July 2009. Day one will be the first ever Deaf Schools National Festival and a Finals Day for Schools for pupils with Moderate Learning Disabilities (MLD). Day two will be the Primary Schools national finals day. 

All Deaf Schools and some Hearing Impaired special units have been contacted by Rachel Brown (RDO Greater Manchester) who is co-ordinating the programme. We hope local CRCs will support teachers at schools keen to get involved. The England Deaf Rugby Union is providing players to appear at schools. 

Regional MLD events will lead up to the finals. The MLD finals event will be co-ordinated by Nichola Vaughan (Hampshire Special Needs Community Rugby Coach). For more information visit or contact Nic Scott, [].

Touchline Dates Patricia Mowbray has issued the following dates for those of you wishing to include photos (at least 100kb) and articles (300-350 words) in Touchline:

Copy deadlineFor mail out on
5 January 200923 January 2009
2 February 200920 February 2009
2 March 200920 March 2009
30 March 200917 April 2009
27 April 200915 May 2009
8 June 200926 June 2009
27 July 200914 August 2009
1 September 200918 September 2009
28 September 200916 October 2009
26 October 200913 November 2009
23 November 200911 December 2009

Community Rugby Diaries 2009

Each Honorary Secretary will be issued with four Community Rugby Diaries for distribution within your CB. We are aiming for distribution to all recipients by 28 November. Additional diaries can be purchased at a cost of £3.20 each and can be requested via email []. Please note that payment for these diaries must be made by cheque to the Rugby Football Development Limited or by credit card. 


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