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While many restrictions have been lifted the virus still presents some very real challenges as we look to run a meaningful competition for the season 2021-22.
At the centre of everything is player welfare. We do not wish to compromise their safety nor put them in situations where they feel uncomfortable. However we must always be mindful that unfortunately in any competition of this size there will always be some who seek an advantage.
The South West Competitions Committee alongside the RFU has adopted a protocol which clubs must follow if they believe they cannot fulfil a match due to the effects of the virus. As soon as you believe a match may be in danger you should complete this form and email it to the SW Co-ordinating Secretary Mike Gee at email@example.com.
The matter will then be looked at by a group within the SW Competitions Committee. Where a decision to re-arrange the game is made it will be dated for the next available weekend 14 days after the original date. This is because any player testing positive has to isolate for 10 days so selecting a date seven days away is likely to mean the same issues with re-staging the game.
In an effort to reduce the risk within your squad the SW is making the following suggestions.
Encourage all your squad to get vaccinated. As well as reducing the risk of infection it also means if a fully vaccinated player comes into contact with someone testing positive they do not need to isolate if they test negative. This will reduce the effect on your squad if one player catches the virus.
Furthermore, clubs might like to consider asking all players to take a Lateral Flow Test either on a Friday evening or a Saturday morning of a match day. Test kits are available for free from many high street chemists.
Somerset County Rugby Football Union Limited
Webb Ellis Somerset County Cup
Webb Ellis Somerset County Vase
Webb Ellis Somerset County Women's Cup
The following clubs are invited to register their intention to enter a team for the 2021/22 Webb Ellis Somerset County Cup: Taunton, University of Bath, Old Redcliffians. Weston-Super-Mare, Bridgwater & Albion. North Petherton, Keynsham, Hornets, Frome, Chew Valley, Midsomer Norton, Wellington, Gordano, Chard, Combe Down, Winscombe.
The remaining clubs, who are members of the Somerset County Rugby Football Union Limited, are invited to register their intention to enter a team for the 2021/22 Webb Ellis Somerset County Vase.
All clubs, who are members of the Somerset County Rugby Football Union Limited, are invited to register their intention to enter a team for the 2021/22 Webb Ellis Somerset County Women's Cup.
For the 2021/22 season the Somerset Cup/vase and Somerset Women's Cup competitions will be again by way of an 'opt in' by clubs. The closing date for entry into the three competitions is midnight on Monday 31st August 2021.
The three competitions will again be kindly sponsored by Webb Ellis and prizes will be presented to the winners. Losers in each of the rounds of the Webb Ellis Somerset County Vase will receive a monetary prize rising from £55 for the opening round and £100 for the initial round of the Webb Ellis Somerset County Cup.
To show your club's commitment, entry is by means of a 'bond' of £100 per competition paid via BACS to the Somerset County Rugby Football Union. Sort Code 30-92-13; Account: 01086288 the payee name is Somerset RFU Ltd for the Confirmation of Payee check. In the reference, please add the club name and whether the 'bond' related to the Cup, Vase, Women's Cup.
Please note: If a club is entering the Cup or Vase and the Women's Cup, then the 'bond' is £200, Cheques cannot be accepted.
This 'bond' will be refunded at the stage your club is eliminated from the competition provided that it has not been found to have unjustifiably failed to fulfill a fixture (subject to the relevant Regulations). When the 'bond' has been deposited, you should also email the Chair of the County's Competition Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date of which competition(s) your club has entered.
Regulations for the three competitions can be found in the County Handbook or on the website at http://www.somersetrfu.co.uk/doc/SCRFUHandbook202021.pdf
The draw for the three competitions will be made in mid-September with the first round of the Webb Ellis Somerset County Cup provisionally scheduled for the weekend of 13th November, 2021, the first round of the Webb Ellis Somerset County Vase scheduled for the weekend of 13th November 2021 and the first round of the Webb Ellis Somerset Women's Count Cup for the weekend of 1st November 2021.
Chair of Competitions Committee
Somerset County Rugby Football Union Limited