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CB Send Out - November 20, 2009

There are eleven items of importance that I would like to tell you about:


Francis Baron has advised the RFU Council of his intention to retire from the RFU at the next Annual General Meeting in July 2010. The full Francis Baron news article can be viewed on

This is Rugby

Many thanks to the CBs who have already arranged their event to promote the Core Values of rugby.  The This is Rugby one page memo (MS Word DOC 34kB) explains the importance of maintaining the momentum of spreading the 'This is Rugby' message.  Please would you, in conjunction with your Rugby Development Manager, let know the date, venue, time, activity (e.g. Schools of Rugby event) estimated attendees, and attendee breakdown (e.g. 50% U15 players, 40% parents, 10% CB Reps)  for your activity.  This will enable us to plan and resource all events appropriately. 

Play On

The latest email to all O2 Pathfinders and CB Play On Leaders is available. Feedback is being gathered via your regional delivery teams about how we can make the O2 Pathfinder network more effective.  We are entering a crucial time for players who are on the move, and we want to make sure we retain them in the game by offering them opportunities to carry on playing at their new location.

Presidents XV Awards 

The 2010 Presidents XV awards are now open. These feature awards for teams of volunteers who, over the last 12 months, have promoted our Core Values and developed the people and places needed to support grassroots rugby.  If you know an outstanding team of rugby volunteers, please complete the nomination form by February 2, 2010

Under Age Players

Two important letters on this topic were distributed to clubs w/c 9 November regarding sanctions for fielding under age players.  They were: a letter to the game on fielding underage players (MS Word DOC 222kB); and a paper on Liability for Players (MS Word DOC 219kB). Any issues relating to this should be referred back to the Legal Department.

Whole Club SoA Presentations

The three Investec Challenge matches saw pitch side presentations to  8 out of the 13 clubs that have achieved Whole Club Seal of Approval. Volunteers from Ashby (Leicestershire), Windsor (Berkshire), Grasshoppers (Middlesex), Sidcup (Kent), North Dorset (Dorset & Wilts), Knutsford (Cheshire), Fylde (Lancashire) and Ilkley (Yorkshire) attended one of the three matches to receive their certificates from RFU President, John Owen. The current figures Seal of Approval for each CB are presented in the table at the end of this email.


The Sport England Sportsmatch programme has announced that it is to resume its grant making activities in December 2009 for activities that will take place during the 2010/11 financial year. Sportsmatch offers pound for pound matched funding to investments made by businesses, trusts and individuals into projects that encourage sports participation at grass roots level. Applications can be submitted at any time via the Sportmatch website.

Double your money with the RFU Injured Players Foundation

Any donations to the RFU IPF made through the Big Give during w/c 7 December will be doubled by their sponsors at no extra cost to you. Visit the Injured Players Foundation website or contact 020 8831 7999 for more information, and also look out for RFU Injured Players Foundation bucket shakers in and around the stadium at the England V New Zealand game! 

Stock Take Shutdown

Our storage and fulfilment centre for all non-award course materials and Community Rugby promotional and informational material will be closed from Monday November 30 to Friday December 4 for a stock take.  Any orders for materials required over this period up to and including the weekend of the 5/6 December, should be ordered no later than Friday 27 November 2009.

Resources Team Announcement

Jessica Mills commences maternity leave on 20 November 2009 and Katharine Bessent has been appointed to the role of Administration & Resources Manager in her absence.  Katharine's replacement, Emma Kennedy, Kit & Resources Administrator, started on November 2, 2009.  Emma can be contacted on 0208 831 6769.

England Representative Matches

The schedule of forthcoming matches for England representative matches is shown below:

Sun 13 Dec - England U18 v Australia Schools at Sale RFC Heywood Road
Sat 19 Dec - England Academy v Australia Schools (veune TBC)
Sun 31 Jan - England Saxons v Ireland A at Bath Rugby
Fri 5 Feb - England U20 v Wales U20 at Gloucester Rugby
Sun 21 Feb - England U18 v France U18 at Newbury RFC
Fri 26 Feb - England U20 v Ireland U20 at Gloucester Rugby
Fri 26 Feb - England Students v Irish Colleges at Newcastle Falcons
Fri 26 Feb - England Counties v Ireland Clubs at Stourbridge
Sat 17 April - England Academy v France U19 at Newbury RFC


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