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07 CB Send Out - 17 March 2009

County Championships 

With regard to the two County Championship finals played at Twickenham, your attention is drawn to the fact that the England vs. Barbarians match (together with the Bill Beaumont Cup & County Championship Shield finals) is on Saturday 30 May 2009 and not Sunday 31 May. This change was made in September after the various publication deadlines and we understand some counties are unaware of the change. The kick off times are: County Championship Shield - 10:00hrs; Bill Beaumont Cup - 12:00hrs. Apologies for any confusion.

National Student Rugby Conference

Constituent Bodies are invited to send one representative each to the annual National Student Rugby Conference at Twickenham on 21 April 2009. This is the first time that CBs have been invited to attend as the conference themes will address the important areas of the RFU People and Places strategy for 2009-2011. 

Through formal club links, Universities can often provide the key to ensuring that the level of rugby activity in a town matches the facilities which are available. The conference will address how the student body can best work with CBs to achieve this as well as tackling the question of how we continue to increase participation in student rugby.

Following a review of joint working between the Students RFU and county CBs, the SRFU is seeking to develop a partnership approach to local planning and delivery and we hope that there will be a good representation from the county CBs as well as student club officers SRFU and University staff. Further details and a booking form are attached. Please return your booking form by 3 April 2009. Enquiries to [].

Mini and Youth Seal of Approval Club of the Year 2009 

North Dorset RFC have been crowned national winners of the prestigious 2009 Mini and Youth Seal of Approval Club of the Year awards (one of the Presidents XV Award categories) as well as South West regional winners. Other clubs celebrating are Keswick RFC (runner-up and North West winner), Old Northamptonians (runner-up and Midlands East winner), Wallingford RFC (Southern winner), Wensleydale RUFC (North East and Yorkshire winner) and Eton Manor RFC (London North winner).

Presidents XV Awards

Thank you for all your support to achieve a record number of nominations (224 excluding the Seal of Approval Club of the Year) were recieved for this year's awards. North Midands RFU was the County CB that topped the list (below). The winners and runners up will be announced shortly.

Staff Announcement

(from Terry Burwell) 

There have been a number of changes within Tournaments and Competitions Department. Jo Tyler has been appointed to the role of Events and Tournaments Executive in place of Rob Porteous who has moved to the Business Operations Department as Sponsorship Accounts Manager.

Jo will work with Tracy Fox-Young on all matches at Twickenham and England representative matches across the country as well as the Churchill Cup. Megan Higham will work with Pam Cartwright as Tournaments and Competitions Administrator and her job will now include looking after the Under 18's as well as the work she already does with the Daily Mail Schools Competition. 

Penny Craig will continue to look after the U16"s Teams as well as taking on more responsibility with other England representative teams and her new title will be Teams Administrator. Sarah Bailey, Tournaments and Competitions Administrator, takes on additional responsibility for the Daily Mail Schools Competition under Billy Clark, as well as assisting Tracy Fox-Young in successful event management delivery.

iRB Beginners Guide to Rugby 

A new booklet, which may be useful to you when introducing parents, teachers or coaches to the game, can be downloaded from the RFU website.



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