Welcome Back:

The new academic year has finally arrived, and we want to wish you all the best for the upcoming season. Please click here to see a special message from Eddie Jones.

 Return to Rugby Kitbag & Phase D:

We have moved to Phase D on our Roadmap for returning to rugby in clubs, schools, colleges and universities, meaning a move to limited contact training as well as playing Ready4Rugby touch games.

Recently updated Department for Education (DfE) guidance permits rugby union to be played in line with our government-approved action plan. We know there are multiple decisions required on: student bubbles, extra-curricular enrichment, transport and physical activity, before committing to playing rugby, particularly externally. While we encourage a return to rugby activity as soon as possible, the decision to do so will ultimately rest with each institution.

We’re pleased to share all of our guidance for getting rugby in the education sector going again – on and/or off the pitch – in the Return to Rugby Kitbag. We will continue to regularly update and develop this information. Click here to view the PDF for the latest version of the Kitbag.

If you require any further guidance please email [email protected]


 Age Grade Competitions 2020-2021:

In line with the move to Phase D, and with no confirmed date on when we will reach Phase F, we can confirm that there will be no competitive rugby restarting in October for adult or age grade rugby, unless there is a dramatic improvement in the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.

Sadly, this means that all national RFU Age Grade Competitions for 2020-2021 are cancelled. This includes the National Schools Cups & Champions Trophy, Under 18 Clubs Cup (Boys), Under 15 and 18 Clubs Cups (Girls) and ACE League.

This early advice is aimed at helping you with your current planning and scheduling. There will be further guidance to support competitive playing opportunities and local fixtures shortly and this will also be linked from the Return to Rugby Kitbag.


 AllSchools Challenge 2020-2021:

During lockdown teachers showed the country how creative and innovative they are and we know you will be as creative at delivering rugby this term.

This week we are launching the AllSchool Challenge to help you celebrate your exciting and innovative rugby programmes which maximise participation and demonstrate you’re still a rugby playing school.

We will showcase the best ideas and reward schools going above and beyond with some England Rugby goodies and experiences.

Follow us below to find out more and look out for further AllSchools updates to come shortly.


 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 you will need to complete your contact details as well as pledging to follow RFU Regulations and guidance.

If you have not done so, please register your school now.


 Last chance to enter!

Calling all budding artists! It’s your last week to enter the Mitsubishi Motors Lead the Team Designed by Fans competition and have the chance of your artwork leading Eddie and his team into Twickenham this season. Entry closes midnight on 17th September. Click HERE to find out more.

 Government Law Changes Update:

We wanted to update you on the law changes announced by the Government on Wednesday 9 September in relation to the ban on groups of more than six people meeting socially indoors and outdoors. Although social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from Monday 14 September, the Government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through their return to play protocols may continue. With the exception of areas impacted by local lockdown restrictions, we remain at Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. The rugby community may continue to organise non-contact fixtures with other schools using Ready4Rugby and other touch rugby activity.

Limited and restricted contact rugby training can also be continued. Detail of the permitted training activity is available in the return to contact training guidance.

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 School Tours:

We are advised not to give permission for any tours to, or games in other Unions (including Ireland, Scotland & Wales), that involve full contact match play rugby or include any activity that conflicts with activity permitted at the current stage on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. In addition, we are advised to rescind any permissions already granted that would not now be granted.

It is suggested that this guidance is also followed for tours planned to the Isle of Man or Channel Islands. This advice will be reviewed once Stage E is reached on the Roadmap.


 RFU Regulation 21 – Safeguarding Changes:

Every year all RFU Regulations are reviewed and updated where necessary. In the latest edition of the Safeguarding Bulletin, the Safeguarding Team have highlighted the major changes to RFU Regulation 21, with specific reference to:

21.2.3 – Online Safeguarding Awareness Training – goes live 4 August

New England Rugby Introduction to Safeguarding eLearning Course

We are really pleased to announce this new free eLearning course. To ensure that all those in a position of trust have an understanding of safeguarding before they start in their role, from August it will be compulsory for anyone who requires DBS clearance to first complete the Introduction to Safeguarding eLearning course.

The course is FREE, open to all and will be recorded on GMS.

It will take about 30 minutes and must be completed by those making new DBS applications, those renewing their certificates and anyone wishing to participate in the England Rugby Coaching or Refereeing Award courses.

We strongly recommend that all coaches, referees and volunteers working with children and young people complete this course before rugby activity resumes this season.

This course does not replace Play it Safe, but ensures that everyone, without exception, has a grasp of the basics in relation to safeguarding, including being able to recognise the signs of abuse and knowing how to report concerns. Play it Safe will build on that knowledge.

To book onto the course you will need your personal GMS login details and it will appear on your GMS profile 14 – 21 days after completion.

Access the Introduction to Safeguarding eLearning course through the course finder.