Peter ogden

Peter passed away on the 3rd November. He had been unwell for some time but even so he maintained his interest in rugby.

A former referee and watcher for the Society, Peter moved to the Manchester area some years ago but maintained his contact with the Society.

In these difficult times a Society member will not be able to attend his funeral but a donation has been sent to the hospice who supported him to the end.

community game update

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update In this week’s edition, we bring you an exciting opportunity to watch England Rugby for free in the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup, on Amazon Prime. We also share a new Sunday morning streamed activity to keep our age grade players active and connected with their clubs during the national lockdown.

We will mark Remembrance Day in a number of ways this week. A poppy has been painted on the training pitch at the Lensbury, where a one minute silence will be held at 11am tomorrow. In addition, both the England Men and England Women will wear poppies at their matches on Saturday 14 November to pay tribute to the men and women who served and sacrificed to defend our nation and to secure our freedom.
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How your rugby communities can watch England’s fixtures for free this autumn We have been working with Amazon to provide an opportunity for fans to take advantage of a free one-month trial with Amazon Prime so you can watch England Rugby during the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup, while also supporting your club.

To help grassroots clubs generate revenue, Amazon are opening up registration for clubs to become Amazon Associates.

The club will receive £3 for every member of the community who signs up to Amazon through the club’s unique Associates link.

This money will be paid directly to the club and, while there may not be a huge cash injection, every little helps during these challenging times.

The registration process will take 5-10 minutes. We will share templates to help clubs promote this offer in the coming days. Click below to read the step by step guide.

If you want to see how the England squad have been preparing for the upcoming fixtures, watch the below episode of the Next Level, and please share the link on your channels.

We will advise clubs of the broadcaster for both fixtures in the Women’s Autumn Internationals in the November edition of Community Game Update on Friday ahead of England playing France in Grenoble on Saturday 14 November (KO 1.15pm), and then at Twickenham on Saturday 21 November (KO 12pm). Amazon Guide Next Level
Calling on age grade players to #GetYourShirtOn Despite the community club game being suspended due to the national lockdown, we want all our age grade players to stay active and connected with their clubs.

So, we will be starting weekly Sunday fitness and rugby activity live streams for U6s – U18s on the England Rugby YouTube channel throughout November. These sessions, led by England legends and experts, will include a mix of fun activities for all age grade players (and their parents!) to enjoy. We want everyone joining in wearing their club shirts and sharing their pride on social media using #GetYourShirtOn.

Keep an eye on the England Rugby social media channels for the build-up. England Rugby Twitter
Community rugby – current status Due to England being in national lockdown, we are at Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. This means that no competitive or formal rugby activities can be undertaken until at least Thursday 3 December, including club age grade and adult rugby activities below Championship and Premier 15s.

While group training sessions are banned, a maximum of two players (or one player and one coach) can participate in socially distanced (two metres plus), individual training sessions, without sharing equipment, in a public outside space, but not a garden. Government Guidance Roadmap
Rugby in schools, colleges during national lockdown – Department for Education (DfE) Clarification We have been able to update our statement on school and college rugby following Government clarification last week as follows:

Schools and colleges are able to play rugby but must follow the DfE guidance for schools and FE settings. This has been further clarified here. In summary, this means:

• Rugby can be played as part of the curriculum, i.e. in PE and games lessons, timetabled activity during the school day and as part of courses, such as BTEC Diplomas in Sport and GCSE/A-Level PE.
• No extra-curricular rugby clubs, training and activities (outside of the DfE guidance on childcare provision for parents) or inter-school/college matches are permitted.
• Activity must continue to be played to the RFU Government-approved action plan, i.e. play the formats and follow off-field logistics as permitted before half term and lockdown (Ready4Rugby, O2Touch and limited contact training in approved group sizes).

We continue to encourage schools and colleges to provide rugby union for the health and wellbeing of their students during lockdown, in particular with community sport being unavailable. However, we also recognise that there are a large number of additional factors for Headteachers/Principals to consider and that it is ultimately their decision whether they can play in line with the Government guidance.

Further RFU resource, guidance and support is available below. DFE Guidance R2R Kitbag
Other Important Updates Time’s running out to show club shirts at Twickenham Given the popularity of the initiative for clubs to have their shirts on seats at Twickenham during the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup, to help create a visual representation of clubs at the stadium, the deadline has been extended to the end of November.

We want to have as many club shirts as possible during the matches, particularly for the final fixture on Sunday 6 December. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your club involved! Show Your Shirt
Webinars and Podcasts The England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line

This podcast series is back with a new host, Dylan Hartley. The former England captain speaks to players from inside the England Men’s and Women’s camps. You can listen to the podcast below, and follow the stories on Twitter.

The following webinars will take place on Thursday 12 November:

10am – England Colleges Rugby Football Union Members Live Webinar

Join the ECRFU, RFU and AOC Sport live for the latest webinar, including interactive discussions on the college game and a live panel Q&A session. Register for the webinar.

7pm – Preparing, planning and dealing with severe wet weather and problem areas on your pitch

This Rugby Groundsmen Connected webinar gives ideas and tips that clubs can consider now, prior to the really wet weather hitting. It will include ideas and guidance on dealing with problem areas of pitches and offer some advice on what to do following heavy rain and intensely wet periods. Register for the webinar.

The following webinar is scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday 17 November:

Exploring the Funding & Club Support Opportunities through Covid-19 Restrictions

This webinar will inform clubs about the potential funding and support available from Government, Sport England and England Rugby to help clubs through the Covid-19 restrictions. Register for the webinar.

The following webinar is scheduled for 10am on Thursday 19 November:

Students RFU Live Webinar – Keeping University Players Engaged

Join the SRFU RFU and BUCS live for the latest webinar, followed by an interactive session on keeping players engaged. Register for the webinar

You can see all our previous Coaching, Refereeing, and Club webinars online. England Rugby Podcast Twitter

back to stage a

Parliament has today voted in favour of the Government’s national lockdown proposals aimed at curbing the increase in Covid-19 cases in England, which take effect from tomorrow (Thursday 5 November) until Wednesday 2 December. In addition, the Government has announced the cessation of all community team sports during this period, which applies to Age Grade and Adult rugby activities below Championship and Premier 15s.

With effect from tomorrow, we return to Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. This means that no competitive or formal rugby activities can be undertaken until at least Wednesday 2 December. While group training sessions are banned, a maximum of two players can participate in socially distanced (two metres plus), individual training sessions outside without sharing equipment.

We will now review what the implications of this national lockdown plan mean for clubhouses, schools, colleges, universities, etc., and will provide more detailed information in the Covid-19 Community Game Update tomorrow.

In addition, we would like to advise that the RFU Competitions Team is working with the Competitions Organising Committees for Men and Women to finalise alternative competitions models in place of the cancelled 2020/21 league programme. These will be entirely optional for clubs and will have no impact on promotion/relegation. They will focus on local cluster leagues and offer a framework for clubs to Return to Play (in some format once we have government approval to do so). It is intended to circulate these proposals, inviting clubs to participate, on Friday 13 November.

Betting

You are recieving this as it’s mandatory information related to your role within rugby. 
All bets are off! Important Regulation – Anti-Corruption & Betting
With the Guinness Six Nations 2020 completed and the upcoming Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup set to begin in two weeks, we wanted to remind you again of the RFU’s zero betting policy on rugby union anywhere in the world. 
There are important regulations in place protecting the integrity of rugby that affect everybody in the professional and semi-professional game RFU Regulation 17 (Anti-Corruption and Betting), so please remind yourself of the following messages to ensure you and our sport stay protected:
DO NOT bet on any rugby match (or ask anyone to place a bet for you) anywhere in the world.
DO NOT misuse or pass on inside information e.g. details of injuries, selection, etc. if not already public knowledge. Be careful on social media! (What is Inside Information? – see below)
DO NOT accept money or gifts from anyone who is betting on rugby or in return for giving inside information or underperforming in a match.
DO NOT fix or attempt to fix any part of a match.

REPORT any suspicious or unusual approach or activity to the RFU Anti-Corruption Officer (AlysLewis@rfu.com, 0208 831 7696), to an RFU, PRL or RPA official, or to the Anti-Corruption hotline on 0208 831 6789 or email confidential@rfu.com
This applies to everybody involved in the professional and semi-professional game and is regardless of whether you are directly involved in a match or whether you gain from the bet. It also applies to all forms of betting.

WHAT ARE THE REGULATIONS? To see a full version of the Anti-Corruption Regulations, please see RFU Regulation 17 (Anti-Corruption and Betting). Failure to comply with the regulations will result in sanction. 
WHAT IS INSIDE INFORMATION? In short, Inside Information is any non-public information relating to rugby which you are aware of due to your involvement in the sport. Depending on your role, you may have access to different types of Inside Information. Having Inside Information is inevitable in many roles and does not breach the Regulations in itself. It is how you treat that information that is important. Players, coaches and other people involved with teams If you are a player, coach, team doctor/physiotherapist, analyst or someone else involved with a team, the Inside Information you acquire could include: tactics, strategies, team selections, intended substitutions, team injuries, form, who is kicking off, winner of the toss, pitch/weather conditions (for example, before the public are in the stadium), citings and suspensions, detailed video analysis information and statistics not available to the public, etc. until/unless such information becomes public knowledge. 

Match officials and other people involved in officiating If you are a match official or someone involved with the match officials such as a performance reviewer or selector, the Inside Information you acquire could include: referee appointments, who is kicking off, winner of the toss, pitch/weather conditions (for example, before the public are in the stadium), how the match will be refereed, citings and suspensions, detailed video analysis information and statistics not available to the public, etc. until/unless such information becomes public knowledge. 

People involved in rugby administration If you are an administrator or volunteer in a Union, Association or Club, for example, the Inside Information you have could include: coaching and captaincy appointments, fixture scheduling information, team selections, referee appointments, tactics, strategies, team selections, intended substitutions, team injuries, form, pitch/weather conditions (for example, before the public are in the stadium), citings and suspensions, etc. until such information becomes public knowledge. 

People associated with others involved in Rugby Union If you are a family member, friend or associate of any of the above people you could also become privy to this Inside Information through your connection to that person.

You are receiving this as it’s mandatory information related to your role within rugby. 

latest rfu covid guidance

We recognise that Tuesday is club training night and are therefore issuing our weekly communication earlier than usual today on one topic only.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a national lockdown last Saturday, we continue to speak regularly to the Government to seek clarification on what the national lockdown restrictions, coming into force on Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, mean for community rugby. We recognise that there is significant speculation circulating regarding potential outcomes. However, we currently do not know what the precise implications of these restrictions are. We expect to issue a further communication as soon as we receive a further update, which is likely to arrive over the next 24-36 hours, once the plans have been considered by Parliament tomorrow.

Until the Government issues a further announcement, we continue to be able to operate at Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap and, therefore, usual Tuesday night training sessions can take place today. Clubs impacted by local tier 2 and tier 3 restrictions should follow any local authority guidance that is in place for their venues. You can find out more on the link below.

Given the current situation, today’s edition of the Covid-19 Community Game Update will be issued later this week.