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CB Send Out - May 25, 2010

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

Head of Club and Constituent Body Services

Jez Allman has been appointed to the new post of Head of Club and Constituent Body Services. Jez’ appointment is the next stage in a process of refocusing our development efforts on building sustainable rugby clubs across England.  The 44-year-old former Leicester Tigers player will be responsible for the development and delivery of the RFU's strategic aim of establishing one new adult team in each club, on average, across England. Father of three Allman, a sales and marketing professional with extensive experience at board level, including team management, will oversee the RFU's 170-strong field based development staff.  I am sure you will welcome him fully into your Constituent Bodies.  Please see the full Jez Allman appointment press release (MS Word DOC 85kB).

RFU Yearbook and Handbook 2010-11

Clubs from the Guinness Premiership to Level 6 are being sent their existing RFU Yearbook entry and RugbyFirst details for updates to be made. Clubs from Level 7-12 should, as usual, go direct to RugbyFirst to make updates to their club information as it will be used for their Yearbook entry. CB Secretaries will receive a RugbyFirst data download of their five key CB roles printed in the RFU Handbook. As last year, CBs should update their contacts on RugbyFirst as that is where the contact information for each CB will be taken from. Why not start checking and amending your details now ahead of next month’s deadline.  For further information on updating roles in RugbyFirst, go directly to and for technical assistance contact Chris on the RugbyFirst helpdesk 870 999 2003.  The Helpdesk is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1100-1500 and 1600-1930.  For full RugbyFirst guidelines and step by step information, visit

CB Conference 2010

Please save September 17-18 for this year’s CB Conference which will be held at Twickenham Stadium.  The main focus of the event will be planning for player recruitment and retention alongside RWC2011.  Full details will be sent to CBs shortly.

Cashback for clubs 

Please see the Women’s Rugby World Cup Cashback flyer (PDF 416kB) to your clubs to show how they can earn cash by booking tickets for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 at

Performance Licenses

Entertainment is a year round part of life in a rugby club but nobody wants to be sued by rights holders for playing music without the appropriate licences.  Please share the RFU Performance Licenses guidance (PDF 66kB) with your clubs.

The Rugby Show  

August 13, 14 15 sees over 60 exhibitors at Twickenham Stadium dedicated to the game of rugby. You can buy all the latest kit and equipment, see a host of international stars and take part in activities for players and supporters of all ages.  There will also be three Rugby Masterclasses that no club official, coach or groundsman should miss. Please promote the event to your clubs using the The Rugby Show flyer (PDF 911kB).  Places are limited so to buy Masterclass tickets and enter a free draw for the Investec Internationals in November visit

RFU President’s XV Winners

A huge thanks to everyone that submitted a record 296 nominations to this season’s President’s XV Awards, supported by QBE. The Panel spent many hours hotly debating the categories and were highly complimentary of the calibre of this season’s entrants.  Congratulations to:

  1. THS IS RUGBY Winner: Acton Nomads RFC (Runners Up: Hadleigh RFC; Hertfordshire RFU)
  2. More Volunteers Winner: Ruislip RFC (Runners Up: Grasshoppers RFC; Melbourne RFC)
  3. More Referees Winner: Loughborough Students RFC (Runners Up: Cheltenham RFC; Colchester RFC)
  4. More Coaches Winner: Eastern Counties RFU (Runners Up: Basildon RFC; Jersey RFC Academy)
  5. Better Facilities Winner: Mildenhall RUFC (Runners Up: Bishops Stortford RFC; Lymm RFC)
  6. Girl Power Winner: Birkenhead Park Panthers (Runners Up: Liverpool St Helens FC; Minety RFC)
  7. Social Inclusion Winner: Eastleigh RFC (Runners Up: Middlesbrough RUFC; Stockport RUFC)
  8. Community Links Winner: Cheltenham RFC (Runners Up: Bradford & Bingley RFC; Grasshoppers RFC)
  9. Schools Development Winner: Birmingham Exiles RFC (Runners Up: Burton RUFC; Melbourne RFC)
  10. Play On Winner: Bristol Barbarians RFC (Runners Up: Combined London Old Boys RFC; Old Albanians RFC)
  11. Veterans Winner: Luctonians RFC (Runners Up: Southwell RFC; Sutton & Epsom RFC)
  12. Fundraising Winner: Lymm RFC (Runners Up: Cheltenham RFC; Keswick RFC)
  13. Technology Winner: Hitchin RFC (Runners Up: Keighley RUFC; Weymouth RFC)
  14. Young Volunteers (vRugby) Winner: Welwyn RFC (Runners Up: Mosborough RUFC; Tyldesley RFC)
  15. Seal of Approval Club of the Year Winner: Keswick RFC (Runners Up: Ashby RFC; Driffield RUFC)

Each of the 15 winners will receive a trophy and £500. The 30 runners up will receive a trophy and £100 prize money. The 2010 Models of Good Practice booklet will be distributed next season when the 2011 President’s XV Awards are launched.

Max Levene Trust match

Cornwall Rugby Football Union have given the go ahead for a  Cornwall Legends team composed mainly of the 1999 County Championship winning team, to play against a British Legends team at 3pm on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at Penryn Rugby Club.  All proceeds from the game will be donated to the Max Levene Trust.  Among those already confirmed to play are: Graham Dawe (England), Jason Forster (Wales), John Mallett (England), Rory Jenkins (England A), Derek Eves (England A), Brad Hepi (New Zealand Maori), Paul Jones (Wales), Jon Phillips (Northampton), Matt Allen (Northampton), Martin Roberts (Gloucester). Any corporate sponsors or individuals who would like to make a donation or take advantage of the hospitality packages should contact Graham Whitmore at or telephone directly on 01872 272763. Tickets for the Max Levene match are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for Under 16s (Under 10s free if accompanied by an adult). Advance tickets available through Truro School Enterprises 01872 246050 / 246052  You can find out more about Max’s progress and details of fund raising events at

Middlesex Charity Sevens 

Sixteen top teams will compete in an action packed, try-filled day of rugby at Twickenham on Saturday August 14, 2010.  Clubs and schools can add to their funds – maybe for a tour or new equipment  – by earning £10 cashback for every adult ticket sold plus Kids Go Free.  Simply register now at Middlesex Charity 7s cashback, or email


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