Return to competitive playing for the 2020-2021 season:

Last week the RFU announced adapted community competition plans for adult and age grade rugby in the 2020-2021 season. The RFU have published more detailed information – click here to read.

A synopsis of the areas affecting Age Grade Rugby may be found below.


The start of the Age Grade rugby season will be dictated by reaching stage F in the Return to Rugby Roadmap. The aim is to maximise participation and retain as many current age grade players of all ages and levels as possible. As with the adult game, in the event of a delayed start to the season, the season is able to be extended to the end of May as a one off to support delivery of meaningful activity.

In all the scenarios, player welfare and safety is a priority and activity must continue to be in line with Regulation 15.  Players should complete a staged progression aligned with Return to Rugby Roadmap Stage E to be fully contact-ready before playing contact matches.

The Age Grade Playing Calendar 2020-21 and associated regulation remains as scheduled for the season including Player Pathway (DPP, CB and Academy) activity.


  • An infographic detailing the competition structure for Age Grade Rugby may be found here.
  • A list of full recommendations for the restart of Age Grade may be found here.
  • A list of FAQs around the return to age grade rugby may be found here.

Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director, commenting on the return to competitive play said: “The competition models we’re outlining today demonstrate our commitment to having competitive rugby played in clubs and education settings as soon as it is safely possible.  In addition to the competition framework, we are working on plans with Sport England and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport about how we accelerate some form of a return to community rugby.
We’ll share our work on this with you as soon as it is available.”

Covid-19 has brought about lots of challenges for us all and the RFU seeks to provide support to clubs and the education sector where it is able. In addition to the current support already available to clubs, in 2020-2021 a support fund will be made available to clubs experiencing the greatest financial difficulties, details of which it is hoped can be issued in the next few weeks.  Funding previously provided for travel expenses within RFU competitions will form part of this fund, but there will not be a specific ring-fenced travel funding payment for the 2020-2021 season.

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 Reminder Membership 2020-2021:

England Rugby Schools has removed the need to pay for membership as from the start of season 2020-2021, instead schools have to register their membership on the following Typeform, where they will need to complete their contact details as well as pledging to follow RFU Regulations and guidance.