Welcome back to the second half of the winter term.

Please see an update below on items which are applicable to rugby in Schools or Colleges.

 National Rugby Survey October 2018:

A big thank you to those of you who have completed the survey for 2018, and to those of you who have encouraged their pupils to complete it as well.

It is important that we receive the feedback as it is used to help to develop the future strategy of rugby in England.

The next national survey, and activity questionnaire will be in May 2019.

 RFU Regulation 19 – Discipline:

As previously advised there have been no significant change to the Laws of the game, but there have been changes to Disciplinary Sanctions.

Please see the Letter Reference Regulation 19  from the National Age Grade Discipline Secretary, with regard to the process in School or College rugby.

 Party in the Car Park:

Yet again England Rugby Schools would like to invite teachers from Schools and Colleges who have already applied and received tickets for the England vs Australia game on the 24 November to attend the Party in the Car Park.

The numbers will be limited, and you will need to register beforehand on the following link.

Please see the Party In the Car Park – Australia 2018 for further information.

Real Rugby Heroes:

Nominations for this year’s Real Rugby Heroes is now open. To nominate your Real Rugby Hero please complete the online form –

https://engrugbyschools.typeform.com/to/U70MV1

Please see the Rugby Hero 2019 to help to promote the award in your Schools or Colleges.

 Rugby Teacher Development Days:

We will be hosting 15 Rugby Teacher Development Days in 2019. These will run through the weeks of June and the first week of July.

If you would like to host this event at your school you will need to contact your County Schools Union, who will then be in a position to nominate the school(s) in their area.

Age Grade Codes of Practice

Thank you to those schools who have downloaded and committed to the Age Grade Codes of Practice, designed to support with applying regulation and ensuring best practice.

If you have not already done so, please do visit www.englandrugby.com/codesofpractice and share that you are “in”.

Half Game Rule

Thank you to those schools who have already adopted the half game rule, and especially those that have publicly supported this initiative.

Please visit www.englandrugby.com/halfgame where you may find more information, and be able to download banners and social media images to celebrate that your school is applying the rule.

RFU Regulation 15:

Please may we remind you of the following RFU Regulation:

15.11.3 Matches must be brought to an end if:
(a)  at Under 7s to Under 12s the try difference rises to more than six; or
(b)  at Under 13s to Under 18s the points difference is more than 50 points unless both teams are in agreement to continue.

There are a number of different ways that may be utilised to remove the possibility of the game having to be brought to an end.