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04 CB Send Out - 18 September 2008

Play On 

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the 'Scrum on the Beach' such a successful series of summer events with great media coverage. Read the latest two-page Play On news update (PDF 249kB) from the Play On campaign. Our focus now is to deliver CB and Regional Plans especially O2 Pathfinders, Freshers Events, Club Recruitment, Festivals and Competitions. 

ELVs and the Youth Game

A one page letter explaining the application of the ELVs to the Under 19 game for cross border fixtures can be downloaded here (PDF 20kB). 


Clubs have been sent letters by Nick Eastwood notifying them of the funding arrangements for season 2008/09. The letter includes information about revenue funding, capital funding, travel allowances, and insurance (including liability and ELVs). Copies of the insurance cover are available in the Insurance section of the RFU website.

From the beginning of season 2008/09, all ERFSU affiliated schools will automatically be covered by RFU insurance. The RFU will pay in full the insurance premium to further support the growth of the game in schools. Affiliation to the ERFSU is the natural consequence of affiliation to the appropriate County Schools Union. 

New Vision

New arrangements for Catastrophically Injured players, announced at the RFU AGM by Nick Eastwood, come into effect this season. The attached letter (Word 64kB) explains the arrangements to clubs. 

CB Conference

Thanks to the 30 CBs who have nominated delegates to attend on 10/11 October 2008.  This will be the first CB event to use the new South Stand conference and banqueting facilities. If you have not returned your nominations, please contact []. 

Rugby Landscape

As you know the RFU is currently undertaking a major review of the competitive "Rugby Landscape” for teams at Level 3 and below. A proposal regarding a future competition structure has been formulated. Representatives from Clubs, Leagues and Constituent Bodies have been invited by John Owen to attend one of the following roadshows:

Roadshow Date Registration Closing Date
Broadstreet Monday 15 September Friday 12 September
Newbury Tuesday 16 September
Old Albanians Monday 22 September Friday 19 September
Exeter Tuesday 23 September
Dorking Wednesday 24 September
Preston Grasshoppers Thursday 25 September Monday 22 September
Percy Park Monday 29 September Friday 26 September
Morley Tuesday 30 September
Mansfield Wednesday 1 October

Please send an email to, specifying which roadshow you wish to attend by 12 noon on the closing date indicated above. 


There have been some issues highlighted with contact information entries printed in the RFU Handbook for CBs. Please note that all information required for clubs AND CBs is downloaded from RugbyFirst, so if you have not updated your information on this system then incorrect information is printed or used for mailings or for contacting you.  Please ensure you, or someone responsible for keeping the information updated for your CB, goes to RugbyFirst to check the current data and amend where appropriate. We will be arranging for an Errata Sheet to be issued for those incorrect handbook entries. 

CASC information 

The RFU has produced information relating to CASC status and the 'Payment of Volunteer Expenses and Gift Aid' and 'Payment to Players'. This information can be found here. Please note that a dedicated website for all information relating to CASC's can be found at

ERFSU on tour 

The ERFSU Trustees, Rugby Development Committee and Schools Development Department, have planed a country wide tour which aims to (a) engage CSUs and CBs with the ERFSU Play On programme (b) help CSUs and their county partners to use the CSU Support Pack (c) listen to issues and find solutions.  The Tour evenings have been scheduled to take place from the end of September through to the beginning of November. Please contact your CSU for more details of your county visit. 

2008 Anti-Doping Resources

With the 2008-09 season well and truly underway the RFU would like to remind the wider rugby community of its commitment to drug free sport. As part of the RFU Anti-Doping Programme there a host of anti-doping resources including Advice Cards, Drug Information Database cards, posters and DVDs available (check them out at the Anti-Doping section of the RFU website) for your clubs, players and coaches.

These resources can be easily put into a players kitbags or distributed around the clubhouse and they provide useful information on supplements, testing procedures, types of banned substances and how to check the status of medications. If you would like to order some of these (free) or for further information please contact RFU Anti-Doping Officer, Gavin Dovey []. 

Staff Announcement

(from Francis Baron)

Following the commencement of the new eight year agreement with PRL and with the impending expansion of the RFU"s commercial and business activities with the opening of the new Conference and Banqueting facilities and Performing Arts Theatre in October 2008, the Marriott Twickenham Hotel in November 2008 and the Virgin Active Health & Leisure Club in early 2009, we are strengthening the RFU’s management team in a number of areas including Corporate Communication & Public Affairs, Business and Commercial. Full details of the changes are available here (MS Word DOC 11kB). 

Staff Announcement

(from Richard Glynne Jones)

I am delighted to confirm that Alan Biggs, currently Referee Development Officer (RefDO) for the Midlands, has been promoted to the role of Referee Development Manager, covering the same area. Alan commenced his new role on 8 September and replaces David Rose, who joins the RFUW as Head of Development. 

Alan has impressed in his RefDO role, successfully leading the delivery of the ELRA in his area and making a significant contribution to the development of club, school and student referees. I have no doubt that Alan will experience further success in his new role as he leads the continued development of Officiating in the Midlands. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank David Rose for the role he has played in Match Official development over a number of years and wish him well in his new role. 

Staff Announcement - Volunteer Team 

Community Rugby is delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Hart and Alex Thompson as Volunteer Executives for North and Midlands respectively. Mike transfers to the volunteer team having been with the RFU since 2004. Most recently he has been the Rugby Development Officer for North Yorkshire and regional lead for volunteering. Alex joins us from Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire Sport where he led volunteering and workforce strategies and programmes. Alex plays, coaches and volunteers at Camp Hill RFC. 

Mike and Alex join Laura Fear, Volunteer Executive South West and Carly Jackson, Volunteer Executive, South East. Tom Cleary, Community Rugby Administrator (shared with Club Development) and Carole Thelwall-Jones, CB Volunteer Manager, complete the team. The four field based Volunteer Executives are primarily supporting the delivery of the vRugby project which is externally funded by v the independent youth charity matched by investment from the Rugby Football Foundation. We wish the whole team the very best of success in their roles.   

England v Pacific Islanders

The first match in the Investec Challenge Series is against the Pacific Islanders on Saturday 8 November. Tickets are on sale now and cost from just £25 for adults and £12.50 for juniors. The Pacific Islanders have also just announced their touring squad and it includes 10 Guinness Premiership stars including Tigers' Rabeni, Irish's Tagicakibau, Saints' Tonga'uiha and Saracens' Rauluni.  Buy tickets from the Tickets section of the RFU website. 

Are you making the most of your stadium asset?

Join over 300 industry experts at Stadia’s Stadium Revenue Summit - which will be held on 19 & 20 November at Twickenham Stadium – to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing business today. Exclusive offer to RFU member clubs: save 50% on the delegate fee!  Highlights of this year’s Stadium Revenue Summit include:

  • Over 25 international expert speakers
  • Site tour of Twickenham Stadium
  • Drinks reception in the President’s Suite
  • In-depth panel discussions
  • Innovations Showcase on venue technology
  • SRS 2008 Revenue Clinics
  • Unrivalled networking and social programme
  • FREE UK-focused technology day at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday 18 November for delegates attending SRS 2008


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