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  • 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 return to play protocols can continue. With the exception of clubs impacted by local lockdown restrictions, we remain at Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. The rugby community can continue to organise non-contact fixtures with other clubs 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.

    Following feedback we are working to see whether guidance on numbers permitted on training areas can be increased to reflect the age of participants. Until we have secured approval for this clubs should follow current guidance of no more than 20 players per half pitch in training.

    RFU guidance as well as Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidelines must be followed.

    We have worked closely with the Government to gain approval to return to rugby activity and the recent progression to Stage D has been well received with lots of positive impact being reported by clubs. We will continue to have close dialogue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to progress community rugby activity to the next stage on the roadmap and we will keep you advised of any updates.
     
     
    Managing visitors
    Supporters, parents, and other spectators need to remain socially distanced whilst attending events. From Monday, spectator groups must be restricted to discrete six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with Government Guidelines, which you can read below.

    Where it is anticipated that an activity will attract spectators, this includes parents, carers, partners etc, there should be a named person or persons with responsibility for ensuring adherence with these guidelines and ensuring the facility is Covid-19 secure. The person should carry out and publish a risk assessment for the activity which limits the number of spectators and focuses on the need to maintain social distancing on arrival, for the duration of the activity, and on departure.

    Arrangements should also be put in place to support test and trace efforts by collecting information from spectators which is detailed enough to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact them if necessary. See the maintaining records guidance below for further information.

    Ahead of the new rules around social gatherings being introduced next week you may wish to consider:

    • Re-visiting your risk assessment to make sure you have double checked everything.
    • Check your schedule to allow for a steady through flow of players and spectators.
    • Keep reminding spectators to observe social distancing off the pitch.
    • Following good practice to collect visitor details for track and trace.
    • Consider if you can you do anything to ensure social distancing is observed e.g. making announcements, signposting or introducing time slot.
    Government Guidelines
    Maintaining Records
     
     
    Clubhouses and hospitality
    Groups in clubhouses and hospitality facilities must be restricted to six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider government guidance.

    High ventilation in indoor facilities is paramount to reducing transmission of Covid-19; keep the facilities well ventilated, for example by fixing doors open and opening windows where appropriate.

    If facilities remain closed, exceptions must be made for essential activity such as provision of first-aid or access to essential equipment for the match.

    From Monday 14 September, you should let customers know that by law they can only visit in groups of up to six people (unless they are visiting as a household or support bubble which is larger than six). You can read these guidelines below. Until Monday 14 September, the current guidelines for keeping customers and staff safe apply.

    The Government has updated the indoor guidance to minimise the risk of transmission and protect the health of customers and visitors to venues. This guidance applies to any food preparation or service setting where food and drink is sold for consumption at venues or for takeaway or delivery.

    Here are seven steps to protect yourself, your staff and your customers during coronavirus (Covid-19):

    1. Complete a Covid-19 risk assessment. Share it with all your staff. Find out how to do a risk assessment.
    2. Clean more often. Increase how often you clean surfaces, especially those that are being touched a lot. Ask your staff and your customers to use hand sanitiser and wash their hands frequently.
    3. Ask your customers to wear face coverings where required to do so by law. That is especially important if your customers are likely to be around people they do not normally meet. Some exemptions apply. Check when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own.
    4. Make sure everyone is social distancing. Make it easy for everyone to do so by putting up signs or introducing a one way system that your customers can follow. Enable people in the same party who do not live together to remain a safe distance apart.
    5. Increase ventilation by keeping doors and windows open where possible and running ventilation systems at all times.
    6. Take part in NHS Test and Trace by keeping a record of all your customers for 21 days. From 18 September, this will be enforced in law. Some exemptions apply. You can read more about Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace.
    7. Turn people with coronavirus symptoms away. If a staff member (or someone in their household) or a customer has a persistent cough, a high temperature or has lost their sense of taste or smell, they should be isolating.
    Government Guidance
    Risk Assessment
     
     
    Local lockdown restrictions
    Clubs are reminded that the powers around local restrictions lie with their local authorities. We are advised that unless local restrictions specifically mention restrictions on team sports and/or rugby, clubs should follow the NGB guidelines. Clubs may need to limit their activities in line with any local restrictions and all are advised to consult with the local authority in which their facilities are located should they be in any doubt. Information regarding any new local lockdown restrictions will be posted on the Government website below. We will provide an update to the game if there is any change in guidance to playing rugby union. You can read more information on the Government local lockdown updates below.
    Local Lockdown
     

Covid 19 - When to come to rugby

In response to a number of queries, please see below our advice for players

If a player displays the symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, new and continuous cough and/or loss of taste or smell), then he/she must not attend any rugby activity. It is important that anyone with symptoms requests a test – this can be done through the testing webpage or by phoning 119.

If a player receives a positive test result for Coronavirus then please notify the club as soon as possible. All household members (including brothers and sisters) must self-isolate for 14 days.

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and your family is advised to self-isolate, it is essential that you follow the advice and do not attend any rugby sessions for 14 days. This applies even if the player receives a negative test result as they could develop coronavirus after having the test. You can read more here.

If you have just returned from a holiday and been advised to quarantine for 14 days please ensure you do so and again, DO NOT attend any rugby sessions until the quarantine period is over.

*** If a player has been advised to self-isolate from school for 14 days as a result of someone at school testing positive, please do not attend rugby sessions during this isolation period. (Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms.)***

Thank you for your cooperation.

Somerset RFU

To all Somerset clubs

Dear Club members and representatives

Adult Male Future Competitions Plan

Please find a short Questionnaire here regarding the above which was recently issued by the RFU about the review into the structure of the game which has been ongoing for some time as I’m sure you are aware (the plan can be found here).

The County Representative, Mr Steve Mead, will be taking part in a meeting of RFU Council Members in the near future at which it will be decided whether to endorse these changes. As these are a major revamp of the way in which Community Rugby will be played it was felt that as much feedback from Member Clubs would be welcome regarding your views on these proposals.

Can I ask that as many people involved in your Club are circulated and asked to respond to me in order that the County Committee have as clear a view of Member Clubs opinion of these changes in order to help to decide the County’s response.

Can replies be emailed to me at nick.robins@somersetrfu.co.uk by no later than Friday 11th September 2020 please.

Your input will be very much appreciated on this substantial change in the way our wonderful sport is played for many years to come.

Thank you

Nick Robins
Chair Somerset RFC Competitions Committee





The phased return of community rugby reaches the next step, from Tuesday 1 September, with clubs able to start limited and restricted contact rugby training and organise inter-club non-contact fixtures. This follows the reintroduction of intra-club non-contact rugby union activity at the beginning of August.

The reintroduction of limited contact training has been approved by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (‘DCMS’) and moves the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap from Stage C to Stage D.

The reinstatement of some contact activity is important to ensure players can continue to practice core skills and are able to start preparing and conditioning themselves appropriately as the game starts to return to normality with regular training and matches.

Varied training conditions will allow the return of tackling, lineouts and rucks, ensuring players are prepared to perform these skills safely and effectively with some restrictions. Mauls, scrums, opposed lineouts or upright tackles are still not permissible as the transmission exposure risk remains high. Contact training sessions have to be carried out in small groups of no more than six players. Detail of the permitted training activity is available in the return to contact training guidance and infographic.

Within each training session a maximum of 15 minutes will be allowed for all contact training activities (75 minutes being the total maximum time for each session). In the remainder of the training session, players are permitted to undertake socially distanced strength and conditioning activities, small group non-contact skill development drills and/or Touch/Ready4Rugby games (the only other permitted game training activity).

Clubs are also now able to organise non-contact fixtures with other clubs using Ready4Rugby or other Touch formats and should ensure they are appropriately set up and prepared for safely welcoming other clubs and individuals to their venues.
Any return to play and training is a decision for individual clubs to make and they must continue to follow government coronavirus (Covid-19) guidelines, along with any local government lockdown restrictions that may be introduced.

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Somerset RFU

The Somerset CB currently has the following volunteer vacancies on their committee:-

  • Age Grade Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Discipline secretary

For more details and a full job description for any of these roles please contact the County secretary Gareth Chew.





Following the government’s publication of a framework for return to recreational team sport, we have been working to accelerate the safe return of community rugby.

Today we can confirm that our action plan to commence a safe and phased return to grassroots rugby activity has been approved by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (‘DCMS’).

The Return to Community Rugby Roadmap has been updated to show a move from Stage B to Stage C.

The rugby community is now able to recommence some larger group rugby activity, initially non-contact, subject to adherence with RFU guidance.

Any return is a decision for individual clubs to make and they must continue to follow government Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidelines, along with any local government lockdown restrictions that may be introduced.

The return will initially be through non-contact rugby focused on Ready4Rugby, a non-contact game, enabling two teams of up to 10 players to engage in training and match activity in their own club environment. Subject to satisfactory operation through August we hope to then be able to move to inter-club Ready4Rugby in September. Other Touch Rugby activity (including O2 Touch centres) will also be able to recommence.

In developing the action plan, the RFU was required to undertake a detailed assessment of exposure risk through face to face contact across both contact and non-contact rugby. Unsurprisingly, the assessment highlighted a significantly increased risk in playing full-contact rugby and hence any form of contact rugby is still not permitted. We will continue to explore and analyse adaptations to the key high risk face to face contact areas and seek to identify safe and appropriate ways to bring these back, initially into training, and subsequently potentially into match play. This will be subject to further government approval and a further statement on this will be made should we reach this point.

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Statement from Bill Sweeney, RFU CEO 08/07/20 re RFU Rugby Development Restructure to CB/Clubs

The RFU, like many other organisations, is facing significant revenue reductions as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Detailed scenario modelling shows there may be a short-term impact of £107m in lost revenues in this financial year with a lasting longer-term impact. The organisation is projecting a 4-5 year recovery with cumulative revenue reductions of around 20% based on a difficult economic environment and softer commercial market.

As a result, and in order to safeguard the future of the RFU, the organisation needs to reduce its overall cost base. Unfortunately this has led to the need to reduce headcount. All areas and departments of the RFU are impacted in the proposed reduction in roles. These redundancies are not a short-term cost reduction exercise, the RFU will get through this and our priority is to emerge stronger but the impact of Covid-9 will continue to affect many areas of society for many years to come – this is about the long-term.

A large number of Rugby Development employees are currently at risk of redundancy. The proposed scale of reduction in the Rugby Development department makes it essential that we exploit and explore new ways of working and the difficult and correct decision has been made to remodel the structure. We could not do what is necessary by making marginal adjustments. A total of 185 individuals have been placed at risk with 81 new roles being created. The RFU is currently in a formal consultation process with all affected employees - more details will be made available once this is completed. It is important to note, the change is not in any way a reflection on the performance of colleagues or a statement about things not working or being ineffective, it is a change of direction necessitated by the impact of Covid-19 and the resulting financial impact.

The proposed new structure is built around ensuring the delivery of the RFU strategy to support the community game. This recognises that the vast majority of rugby is delivered by clubs and volunteers and that the RFU’s role is to support those clubs and volunteers in doing this. I repeat and emphasise that the community game is the lifeblood of our sport, without a strong grassroots there is no English rugby. The RFU’s focus will be on three key areas of work:

  • CLUB SUPPORT – supporting clubs in operating sustainably through facility/business support, volunteer development, member recruitment and targeted club financial support
  • COACHING & REFEREEING – supporting effective training, qualifications, development & deployment for coaches and match officials
  • PLAYER EXPERIENCE – managing and growing competitions & mass playing opportunities, supporting a strong player pipeline through schools, colleges & universities and initiating targeted player growth & retention

In addition to the above, clubs and participation will no longer just be the domain of the Rugby Development department, it will be a key focus for the whole organisation. Employees will be provided with training and support to be sure the external expectations are managed in the early stages of any change.

The restructure will of course require the RFU to work differently; collaboratively across the organisation and externally with the game (including clubs, CBs and educational institutions). This new way of working with the game will be developed over the next few months but it is likely to involve working more virtually, with less time spent travelling and with greater use of technology. There will be a need to establish a different kind of relationship with member clubs, working more with groups of people and clubs rather than individually. Lockdown has forced so many to work differently and we will need to learn from what has worked successfully and take advantage of new skills.

The community game is critical and the foundations of the RFU – continuing to deliver for the community in the most effective way possible is at the heart of all decisions. The RFU will update on the outcomes following the consultation process.



A message to the rugby union community in England from Bill Sweeney, CEO RFU
My thoughts and those of all of us at the RFU are with everyone impacted by COVID-19, both across the country but also within our own rugby union community.

As you will be aware the long-term financial challenges are significant for the whole economy. We like many rugby clubs rely on revenue from matches and events at Twickenham Stadium and we re-invest this revenue back into the game.

Our detailed scenario modelling shows there may be a short-term impact of £107 million in lost revenues and we also know there will be a much longer-term effect. We are projecting a 4-5 year recovery with cumulative revenue reductions of around 20%.

We are having to make difficult decisions on what we can continue to invest in as well as what is the right size and shape of our business for the future. To ensure we have a sustainable RFU we have announced to colleagues that it is proposed that the total number of roles across the organisation will reduce by 139.

This will be a difficult process, but we will be consulting with colleagues in a fair way to completely remodel our business. This will mean we will need to work very differently in future however, the whole organisation will be focussed on our priorities which are:

• Supporting the community game and our member clubs – which are the life blood of our game.

• Maintaining our ability to compete and win in the performance arena.

• Delivering on our purpose of enriching lives, introducing more people and more diversity to rugby union while developing the sport for future generations.


The consultation process with colleagues will enable them to share their views and ideas on re-shaping the business ahead of any decisions being announced at the end of August.

We have already made some significant cost savings. We furloughed 60% of our organisation; implemented a three month pay reduction which has been extended for some; introduced pension pauses; and refined business planning and introduced stadium and office running efficiencies to reduce costs.

Unfortunately, this is not enough to run a sustainable operation and safeguard our future. We need to maintain our organisation for the long term, this is not a short-term cost reduction exercise, the RFU will still stand, but the impact of Covid19 will continue to affect us for many years to come.

These are difficult times for us all but despite the adversity, I have been truly heartened by the spirit of rugby – seeing everyone pull together to help their local community and those most in need. This film is a brief reminder of what we are all missing.

Thank you for everything you are doing to reflect the best of our game and be assured we are committed to continue supporting you.

With regards,

Bill Sweeney


Teamwork
Respect
Enjoyment
Discipline
Sportsmanship




Message to clubs

Dear all

First and foremost I hope that you have all managed to stay safe in these extraordinary times and have been looking after each other whenever you have been able.

Although the season has been brought to an end prematurely by this awful coronavirus pandemic, it is now fully concluded. However, season over or not, I want to re-assure you that we are here and we are very happy for you to contact us for help and advice; a small committee has been working throughout the lockdown to manage and circulate funds where needed.

The County rugby union now looks toward its AGM, the date and details of which will be sent to you via your club secretary, which will very likely be an online meeting. Please make the time to take part and put the date in your diary, once it is confirmed.

This brings me nicely to the core of my message and it's a simple one . . . As we move forward please keep safety at the forefront of all you do, much as we love the game, your own health and wellbeing, together with those of your family and your communities, are key; so please be careful and keep each other safe.

Many messages have been circulated of the funds available for clubs from the RFU, County and other charitable sources, but if you are not aware of what is available, please contact us as soon as possible - we will help your club in anyway we can.

Continue to stay safe

Yours sincerely

Mark Hawkes
President
Somerset Rugby Football Union

Somerset CB Covid 19 Club Funding

The CB has set up an emergency funding committee to look at helping clubs financially during the coronavirus outbreak with specific targeted grants.

Using the counties LRP funds together with matched grants from the RFU and the county's own reserves all voting member clubs* will have received a helping hand grant.

These grants are specifically to be used for the following:-

  • Rent/Lease (Building)
  • Water, Gas and /or electric bills
  • Broadband or Phone
  • TV subscription (If unable to suspend)
  • Buildings and/or Contents Insurance
  • Other Insurance
  • Equipment Rental
  • RFU/RFF Loan Repayments
  • Other Loan Repayments
  • Cleaning Contracts
  • Security/Alarm

If you have any questions please contact either me (gareth.chew@somersetrfu.co.uk) or the County Treasurer, Mike Wicks (mike.wicks@somersetrfu.co.uk)

Gareth Chew
County Secretary
Somerset RFU

*These payments exclude any club not eligible or under RFU sanctions for infringements of Reg 7 (Payment of Players)

RFU Suspends All Rugby

Following government advice today, the RFU will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level, including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from 17 March until 14 April subject to continued review.

The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community.

Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks.

Gareth Chew                          
County Secretary
Somerset RFU

Important update - Coronavirus

The government has announced (12th March) that there is no change at the moment to sporting events. Given this, league games will continue to be played as usual, unless a club has made different arrangements as relevant to their own circumstances.

Should this position change, we will notify league organisers and will provide an update on the England Rugby website – click here

We do appreciate that there is some concern about games taking place at this point in time so it is a club’s call if they want to cancel games, etc.

There have been a number of general enquiries regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our guidance at this time is for clubs to follow the Government’s advice to inform any decisions as it is updated on a regular basis.

The following information may also be useful:

It would be helpful if you could also let your local RDO know if you are aware of anyone at your club testing positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus

There have been a number of queries about whether we are putting out any information for clubs on the Coronavirus.

As a Union we will not be giving advice or guidance as the latest information is available via the Government website and is updated daily. It is important that clubs use the government’s guidance to inform their knowledge, available here

As tour season is approaching we advise clubs to monitor the situation via the Government website at their overseas proposed tour destination. Click here

The following information may also be helpful for clubs.

It is up to individual clubs to decide internally if or how or what they communicate to their members.

Regards
Somerset RFU

Cross border fixtures

Dear Clubs

There has been a recent update to RFU Regulation 10 which includes an amendment to the approval process for ‘cross border fixtures’ for all senior and age grade teams. The new process for approval derives from a World Rugby regulation that requires a full record of such matches is maintained by the Union/CB when permission is given and that World Rugby can request those details. The good news is the amendment reduces the level of admin for all involved.

To support our clubs and to comply, Somerset RFU have created a form that must be completed by each club wishing to receive advanced approval for their teams to play cross border fixtures throughout the respective forthcoming season - click here for the form. The completed form must be submitted to me (gareth.chew@somersetrfu.co.uk) before 1st September each season, an annual reminder will be sent out in July.

Once approval has been granted the club will be required to submit the following detail, also to me, for all cross boarder matches before 10th May each season:

  • RFU (Somerset) Club
  • Date of Match
  • Venue (Home or Away)
  • Name of Club and which Union it is from (invariably it will be a Scottish (SRU) or Welsh (WRU) club
  • Details of teams involved (1st XV men, 2nd XV Women, U16s boys etc)
  • Result

Please note if fixtures include an overnight stay either the night before or after a game this is classed as a ‘tour’ which involves a separate application process which can be found on the County's safeguarding webpage - Click here

As we are already half way into this season we will take applications now for the remainder but match information will still need to be submitted before the 10th May 2020.

I will send this back out during July as a reminder.

Gareth Chew
County Secretary
Somrset RFU

 

 

Webb Ellis Somerset County Women's Cup Final 2018/19

Bath Ladies 48 - 5 North Petherton Ladies

Hornets RFC

Bath Ladies Barbarians retained the Webb Ellis Somerset County Rugby Football Union Women’s Cup for a third successive season in a repeat of the 2018 final with a 48-5 victory North Petherton Ladies.

In a repeat of last year’s final, Pethy suffered an early set back when fly-half Stacey Saunders was sent to the sinbin allowing Bath to score two converted tries while their opponents were a player down. Bath went into the break 33-5 ahead after two tries from Nicole Jones plus one each from Laura Mahoney, Nina Edwards and Hannah Stephens plus four conversions from Sarah Holloway. Pethy’s reply, three minutes before the break came through a try from Megan Kitchen. After a slow start to the second half Bath increased their lead with a try from Ellen Witt and two more from Player of the Match Edwards.

After the match Somerset County Rugby Football Union President Mark Hawkes presented the medals to the match officials and both sets of players. Pethy skipper Gemma Thorne was presented with the runners-up Plate before Bath co-captains Sarah Holloway and Gemma Thorburn were presented with the Cup.

Congratulations also to Bath Ladies for being recently named the Women’s Team of the Year at the National Rugby Awards ceremony in the Rose Room at Twickenham.

Click images for larger version

For a full report on the match together with more images see the Womens Cup page

For the attention of everyone playing and administrating rugby in Somerset

The purpose of representative rugby in Somerset is to provide further playing and development opportunities for players through representing their county . It is important to ensure that players find the experience rewarding while maintaining a balance between the demands of their education, other sports, participation in DPP or Academy programmes and minimising the disruption in club and school rugby.

Recent seasons have seen a number of changes to regulations and the delivery of representative programmes. It is the responsibility of those organising representative rugby to contribute to the discussions with competition organisers, schools, colleges and DPP staff to provide a comprehensive Calendar to submit to the RFU for approval in February each year.

Please download and read the guidance here, which provides clarity on the regulations, the key principles of the programmes and finance provided.

 

Half Game

The clearest message from young players is that they want to play alongside their friends as part of the team. That’s why from September 2018 England Rugby are asking all its Age Grade clubs, schools and colleges to make sure everyone in a match day squad gets to play at least half the game time available.

The half game rule is being introduced voluntarily in England and follows successful implementation in New Zealand and Wales and a trial in local club and school competitions in England last year. This voluntary year will help prepare for mandatory introduction from September 2019.

To see how you can use half game in your club, school or college, please see our top tips and FAQ’s below:

Top 10 tips poster

Frequently asked questions

Want to shout that you are using half game at your club, school or college? Please download any of the posters and social media footers below.

Posters

Poster 1 club  - Poster 2 -Poster 3 - Poster 4 schools

Editable poster 1 (club) - Editable poster 2 - Editable poster 3 - Editable poster 4 (school)

Images for social media

Social media post 1 - Social media post 2 (school) - Social media post 3 (club) - Social media post 4 - Social media post 5

Email footers

Email footer (GENERAL) - Email footer (club) - Email footer (school)

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

As the national governing body for rugby union in England and operator of Twickenham Stadium, we’re committed to protecting your personal data and handling it responsibly, fairly and transparently in order to safeguard all aspects of the game of rugby.

With the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) coming into force on Friday 25 May 2018, we’ve updated our Privacy Notices to give our fans, players, volunteers and other participants more information about what we do with personal data and the rights you have as an individual in relation to the data we hold on you.

The following Privacy Notices available explain what data is used and why.

As the national governing body for rugby union in England and operator of Twickenham Stadium, we’re committed to protecting your personal data and handling it responsibly, fairly and transparently in order to safeguard all aspects of the game of rugby.

 

 

Women and girls rugby in Somerset

Women’s rugby at representative & development level is managed by Senior Rugby. The contact is Mark Hawkes ( mark.hawkes@somersetrfu.co.uk). Girl’s representative & development rugby at under 15 & U 18 level (the two recognised representative groups) are managed by age grade rugby. The contact for age grade is Jason Wheatley (jason.wheatley@somersetrfu.co.uk).

Our community rugby section supports all club rugby.

Injury Reporting

Following several calls regarding the reporting of injuries, please refer to the RFU web site on ‘Injury Reporting’ http://www.englandrugby.com/rugbysafe/injury-reporting

The RFU recommend that all clubs, schools and organisations that run rugby activity keep a record any incidents both on and off the pitch. On the pitch it is good practice to provide first aiders with a book in which to record incidents that required their attendance.

The information kept can help identify injury and incident trends and possible areas for improvement in the control of health and safety risks. It can also be used for reference in future risk assessments.

This record book is not the same as the statutory accident book required under the H&SAW Regulations, though the two can be combined.

Reportable Injury Events

These are defined as:

• An injury which results in the player being admitted to a hospital (this does not include those that attend an Accident or Emergency Department and are allowed home from there).

• Deaths which occur during or within 6 hours of a game finishing.

Clubs and schools are also required to report injuries in which artificial grass pitches or equipment such as sports goggles are involved.

Somerset Rugby  

"Aims and philosophy for Senior representative rugby teams"

Men’s County 1st XV :-

Selected from those eligible to represent the county at the highest level. Giving players who want the opportunity an environment which is special to play in with others and be the very best they can be whilst wearing the traditional "Hoops" of Somerset.

This team is selected by county selectors who invite players to attend training, development sessions, watch them at the clubs they represent and subsequently choose a "first team" that compete in the county championship.

Woman's County 1st XV :-

For developing and emerging female rugby players, this team is open to all who want to be the best they can be and have a desire to represent their County. Players who are eligible and attend county development days and training sessions will have the opportunity to be selected to represent this side.

A team that has no pressure other than that applied by the players themselves and one where all receive something new. A non RFU funded or pathway side. Players will however from this team have the opportunity to trial if selected at the RFU Senior Academy trials.

Men’s County Development XV :-

For developing and emerging rugby players

A team that is open to all who want to be the very best they can be and have a desire to represent their County. Players who are eligible and attend "county development days" and training sessions will have the opportunity to be selected to represent this side.

A team that has no pressure other than that applied by the players themselves and one where all receive something new. A non RFU funded side. A team that to date can say 14 of its players have gone on to play  County 1st XV rugby in the County Championship.

We are proud that this group of players all wore the county age grades shirts and all can be very very proud of their achievements in the past season.

We at the County look forward to discovering what the future holds for these gentlemen and ladies and those who are, and will be, proudly wearing their county's shirt at whatever level - better never stops!

Marlie Packer

Ollie Hayes

Freddy Burns

Nathan Catt

Kane Palma-Newport

Jack Cuthbert

Chris Cook

Olly Woodburn

Guy Mercer

Caryl Thomas

Danielle Waterman

Yann Thomas

Dave Ward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook

See our Community Rugby page for links to tackle coaching clips , which should be useful to your clubs and schools, along with a link to the new RFU training courses for 2018-19 . . . as well as important news and information on safeguarding for all local clubs

Somerset RFU

Annual Report 2019-20

Somerset Vacancies

Somerset RFU - Treasurer, Age Grade Chair and Discipline Secretary

Click here for vacancy details

Age Grade Playing Calendar

The RFU Age Grade Playing Calendar provides a model that supports inclusivity of players, guards against over/underplaying and limits conflict, maintaining choice for players to play with their peer groups. Further information about the playing calendar can be found here.


Click here to download the guide

Somerset courses
In Touch

In Touch , the newsletter of the RFU SW Player Development Pathwayis available here

Social Media

Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay and everyone should understand its benefits and pitfalls. Somerset County Rugby Football Union (SCRFU) is keen to promote the safe, responsible use of this technology.

Together with making its members aware of the potential risks and to share best practice, SRFU has produced the following guidance which we believe will be of interest to experts and casual users alike.

SCRFU Social Media guidelines

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