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Talent Pathways

The identification and development of talent remains critical for rugby at all levels of the game. To secure the future success of schools, as well as clubs and representative teams, and to give players clear expectations of their potential opportunity, the RFU has been looking at how to bring talented players through the system across England.

An RFU Player Development Pathway Task Group was set up in January 2010 to look into this and on June 9 it presented its final recommendations to the RFU Council following a comprehensive consultation process which included the England Rugby Football Schools Union (ERFSU) and schools.

The accepted recommendations lay down a clear roadmap for England representative teams at Under 16, Under 18 and Under 20 for the next four years.

Talent Pathways

Download the following document to view the Player Development Pathway Task Group recommendations in full (PDF 335kB).

You may also find useful the Player Development Task Group powerpoint presentation (MS Powerpoint 373kB). includes more information about the following elements of the representative pathway: