RFU Community Game Update July 2019

The July 2019 Community Game Update contains important information on the following:

  • Launch of englandrugby.com new website
  • Age Grade Rugby – Regulation 15 changes
  • Supplemental Ticket Fund 2018-19
  • Indicative International Ticket Allocation
  • Sky 5% price increase
  • Electronic Match Card July/August training sessions
  • Mitsubishi Motors pre-match hospitality – Quilter Internationals
  • Launch of Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign
  • Rugby Safe lead role
  • Aspirational teams review 2018-19


New look englandrugby.com website

The new englandrugby.com has now launched with a fresh new design putting the user at the heart of all we do digitally. This is a key step in our digital refresh project with our strategic partner IBM.

Our aim is to make it easier for people to find the information they want, wherever they are and to keep them interested in all we do whether they are a fan, player, coach, referee or volunteer.

Further work will continue over the next few weeks to make sure we are ready for the start of the community game season and the Quilter Internationals in August.

We hope you like the new website. Please click here to visit the new site and use the ‘Feedback’ tab on the right hand side of the page if you have any comments.


Age Grade Rugby – Regulation 15 changes

The RFU Council approved updates to Regulation 15 in their June meeting. These are important changes with action required ready for the new season, so please share widely with all those involved in Age Grade rugby across clubs, schools and colleges. They follow feedback from Age Grade players and the wider game, and support the Age Grade philosophy of being player-centred, development-driven and competition-supported. In particular, the Government’s Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) has provided updated advice on 17-year-olds playing adult rugby, which has meant the introduction of a new process. Click here for more information on all the changes to Regulation 15.


Supplemental Ticket Fund 2018-19

The Supplemental Ticket Fund is generated from the sale of commercial and hospitality tickets at major men’s senior internationals at Twickenham Stadium. Every voting member club, Constituent Body and Referee Society receives an equal share of the fund generated each season. The amount due from the 2018-19 season to voting clubs, Constituent Bodies and Referee Societies, is £1,080.73.

The amount will be reduced by each member’s 2019-20 subscription fee and any debts outstanding, with the RFU to establish the final payments made.

Each voting member should receive their payment by 31 July 2019.

We are aware that a small number of Clubs, Constituent Bodies or Referee Societies are not currently set up as a supplier on the RFU system. In order to receive the Supplemental Ticket Fund, each member must be registered on the system. If required, please click here and follow the RFU supplier set up steps.


Indicative International Ticket Allocation

The new method for allocating International tickets will come into effect for the 2021 Guinness Six Nations. Indicative allocations for clubs, which have been derived from the data entered onto the GMS team management module by Friday 17 May 2019, have now been communicated to the international ticket contacts at each club. If you have any questions, please speak to them directly.

As previously advised, your new club allocation will be based on the cumulative number of matches played across the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. The indicative allocations are a forecast based on one season, your actual allocation will be finalised once the results from the 2019-20 season have been collected.


Sky increases prices for Clubs by 5%

We just wanted to flag that you should have received a communication highlighting that Sky have advised that their prices will increase by 5% with immediate effect.


Electronic Match Card training sessions

After a successful rollout to Level 8 of the men’s game and its introduction into the women’s game, Electronic Match Cards (EMCs) will now be rolled out to Level 12 in the men’s game and Level 6 in the women’s game. To support this, we will be running training sessions across the country to help teams become more confident using the system as Match Card Administrators (MCAs).

The dates and locations for the training sessions are below. More detailed information for each venue is available when you click through to the sign up page.

Tuesday 30 July – Blaydon

Tuesday 30 July – Launceston

Wednesday 31 July – Wetherby

Wednesday 31 July – Salisbury

Thursday 1 August – Wigan

Thursday 1 August – North Bristol

Tuesday 6 August – Silhillians

Tuesday 6 August – Cambridge

Wednesday 7 August – Wellingborough

Wednesday 7 August – Tunbridge Wells

Thursday 8 August – Newark

Thursday 8 August – Twickenham


Timing for all sessions will be:

  • 6.30pm meet for 7pm start
  • Finish around 9pm


Priority will be given to those from a men’s level 9 or below team and all women’s team. However, if there is space, then we will accommodate attendees from other clubs, whether they are new MCAs or want a refresher.

Sign-up details: Please fill in the sign-up form here. Please be aware that there will not be a confirmation email upon completion.

If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact [email protected].


Mitsubishi Motors pre-match volunteer hospitality – Quilter Internationals

As part of their partnership with England Rugby, Mitsubishi Motors supports grassroots rugby by recognising and rewarding the thousands of volunteers who are an integral part of the sport through the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme. Club volunteers who already have match tickets are able to register for up to four tickets for pre-match hospitality in the British Airways Fan Village at this summer’s Quilter Internationals at Twickenham.

The aim is to thank grassroots volunteers for their valued contributions to the game so to help us reward as many volunteers as possible, we ask volunteers to only register for one of the matches and not to register if they have attended one of these events before.

We will be serving hot food and a variety of beverages before the Quilter International matches against Wales and Ireland, opening two hours before the match and closing just before kick-off.

In order to reach as many volunteers as possible, please only register for one of the Quilter International matches and do not register if you have attended one of these events before. Tickets are limited and will be cancelled if not accompanied by a name, if you have attended any of the Quilter International 2018 Series / Guinness Six Nations 2019 hospitality before or in the case of registration of more than one match.

To register for tickets, please click on one of the links below indicating the name of each attendee, their club and if any are under 18.


Sunday 11 August, 12:00: England v Wales (14:00 KO)

Saturday 24 August 2019, 13.00: England v Ireland (15:00 KO)


Excitement grows for the Rugby World Cup 2019

To inspire the nation and generate support for the England team, last week England Rugby launched its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. Click here to watch the video.

We are preparing new materials to support clubs with their events celebrating the Rugby World Cup 2019. Further information will follow in August.

Please hold Sunday 22 September, when England play Tonga in their opening encounter, as a date to organise events for club members and the wider local community.


RugbySafe Lead Role

The previously named golden role “Medial Officer” on GMS has now been renamed “RugbySafe Lead”. This is to align with and increase awareness of the RugbySafe campaign as well as reflect the wider player welfare remit that is evolving in the game and clubs may want to consider. More information on the role, including an example Club RugbySafe role descriptor with recommended tasks and responsibilities is available on the Being a RugbySafe Club page.

Clubs are encouraged to update the contact details for the RugbySafe Lead on their GMS page. Most CBs now have an active CB RugbySafe Lead in place and will be looking to contact Club RugbySafe Leads to provide local updates and support.


Aspirational Teams Review 2018-19

This season’s aspirational teams’ international tours produced some exciting matches. England Students played two fixtures against France Universities, England Counties U18s toured Ireland, England Counties U20s toured Romania and England Counties played in Georgia. Click here to read the more detailed Aspirational Team review 2018-19.


Forthcoming Events:


10 England Red Roses V France (10.15 pm)

14 New Zealand v England Red Roses (9.00 pm)



09 Community Game Update issued

11 England v Wales Quilter International (2.00 pm)

17 Wales v England Quilter International (2.15 pm)

24 England v Ireland Quilter International (3.00 pm)



06 England v Italy Quilter International, St James Park (7.45 pm)

20 Rugby World Cup 2019 commences

22 England V Tonga (11.15 am)

26 England v USA (11.45 am)



05 England v Argentina (9.00 am)

12 England v France (9.15 am)