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RFU Equity Policy Statement

Young opponents congratulate each other after a hard fought game

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The RFU and RFUW recognise the importance of affording equity, equal opportunity and fair treatment to all present and potential employees and members.

The RFU and RFUW aims to ensure that all people, irrespective of their age, gender, ability, race, religion, ethnic origin, creed, colour, nationality, social status or sexual orientation, have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in rugby union at all levels and in all roles. That includes participation as a beginner or elite performer, and as a coach, official, referee, manager, administrator or spectator.

In its relationships with members, employees, and in its provision of services, It is the aim of the RFU and RFUW not to disadvantage any individual by imposing any conditions or requirements which cannot be justified. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action being taken.

Advice and training will be given to all those working for or on behalf of the Unions.  Direct discrimination is defined as treating a person less favourably than others or would be treated in the same or similar circumstances.

Indirect discrimination occurs when a requirement or condition is applied which, whether intentional or not, adversely affects a considerably larger proportion of people of one race, sex or marital status than another and cannot be justified on grounds other than race, sex or marital status.


The RFU and RFUW reserve the right to limit competitions to persons of specific age, gender or disability groups where this is necessary to ensure equitable, safe and equal competition.


The RFU and RFUW expect all those acting on behalf of the organisation to adhere to this policy.

In pursuance of this policy the RFU and RFUW reserve the right to discipline any of its members or employees who practice any form of discrimination on the grounds of a persons age, gender, ability, race, religion, ethnic origin, creed, colour, nationality, social status or sexual orientation.


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