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England Rugby Academies Overview

To assist in the development of future England players, 14 Regional Academies were established across England under an agreement between the Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby.

Academy regions

The Academy system was set up to enhance and encourage the development of English Qualified players (any player who qualifies to play for England by their nationality).

The Academies have been producing players since 2001, allowing them to compete for places in England teams from Under 16 through to senior level, and achieve professional contracts.

For the first time there is an integrated pathway for potential elite players from the grassroots of the game into the Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs and on to the England side.

The RFU’s 14 Regional Academies serve specific geographic areas. Twelve are sited at Premiership clubs, and one at Bristol and one at Exeter.

Players often come through the academy system by developing an strong connection with a club and an opportunity to then play for that club.


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