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RFU Council Member Briefing – May 2015

Briefing pic My latest Council Member Briefing can be downloaded in PDF and Word formats by clicking the link below:


Council Member Briefing ā€“ May 2015


This edition includes news about the Adult Competitions Review, the Age Grade Competition Review and the New Rules of Play for mini and youth rugby


5 responses to “RFU Council Member Briefing – May 2015

  1. spike 4 May 2015 at 5:16 pm

    The age grade review seems to be the exact proposals as “showcased” in the Blueprint rugby roadshows. Either the ideas were spot on or none of the feedback was listened to at all.
    U13s to become mini rugby. Logistically challenging to have 7 age groups at the same place as it’s already challenging having 6 age groups in that section especially with the smaller sized games which means more pitches needed to ensure kids aren’t standing around.
    Not representative rugby at U16s but England U16s remain. So how do those players get selected? And what’s there for the majority to aspire to?
    These appears to be another railroaded approach from the RFU.


  2. spike 5 May 2015 at 6:53 am

    Odd that the mini & youth changes will be imposed with no feedback from clubs when the league changes are delayed as clubs don’t like them.


    • John Birch 5 May 2015 at 8:55 am

      The impression I have is that the RFU is interested just in schools, not clubs, when it comes to developing junior rugby. Ever since the then Sports Council changed it policy to reward participant numbers in sports rather than international success the focus has been on getting participant numbers up (not I do not use the word “player”) – and the best way to do that is with a captive audience in schools. The result of that is that we get this ever more “simplified” form of the game, mainly in order to keep schools onside.


  3. Charlie 5 May 2015 at 9:32 pm

    The sooner England U16’s are disbanded the better. A lot of skilled players are being sidelined for those with pure size and no skill, or the right school behind them. In a lot of cases its the school that matters not the player and deals are conducted all the way up the selection process. This results in the game losing a lot of skilled players because they see the injustice and futility in the process, becoming despondent with the game and the general situation.


  4. spike 6 May 2015 at 8:51 am

    Agree with Charlie on that.


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