JustGiving Campaign Exceeds £10,000 Target. Thank you.

Dear Club Members and CRFC Supporters

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone who has supported the club in recent months and with the phenomenal crowdfunding effort via JustGiving in aid of costs incurred from our unwelcome visitors.  

Having endured a tough winter at the Whiteway, and for rugby in general, we finally looked forwards to breaking free of the COVID restrictions and getting the club up and running again, so this setback was incredibly disheartening and frustrating. However, the speed of response to help clear up and get the club open again has been simply fantastic. It is truly humbling to not only raise such an amazing amount for the club in such difficult times but to see such a wide range of support for CRFC from across the community.

We also thank the RFU and GRFU for sharing our campaign across the wider rugby networks. 

A heartfelt thank you again to everyone for your support from all our members and club users who have been affected by these recent events.  

Please feel free to pop into the clubhouse at any time and enjoy a refreshment in our large, socially distanced marquee and open paddock, where you will be warmly welcomed by the Cirencester members. 

Kindest regards,

David Reeves

Chairman CRFC

Please donate to our Just Giving campaign

We're hoping to raise £10,000 to recover funds for security, eviction fees, infrastructure, and clean-up costs after many travellers came to Cirencester Rugby last week.
Please donate to the Cirencester Rugby Crowdfunding Page and help us recoup these unplanned and rather significant expenses. 
As a result of a huge volunteer effort, our club is now back open for rugby, training, and the #pubinthepaddock
Your support is most welcome and we are grateful.
Please read our story below and every donation helps to keep the rugby club and local community safe from such events happening again.


We are back open again !

We are back open stronger and cleaner @cirencesterrugby after a shocker of a week.

Fri from 6:30pm til 10pm.
Sat from 1pm til 10pm
Sun from 12:30 til 4pm

Pop for a Friday night pizza: 5-8

WORK PARTY shout out to all volunteers from 10am til 1pm🙏 Sat morning. Needed even more!

🏉 M&Y training resumes Sunday morning 🏉

Warm welcome to the Ciren Lacrosse team who are training at the Whiteway on Sundays.

All go ! 

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Thank you for the BIG clean up.

The biggest THANK YOU to 30+ lovely volunteers for helping to clean up @cirencesterrugby once the travellers had left this evening, after arriving on Saturday evening. Not the best job in the world as you can imagine (not posted poo pics!) but a great effort by all to reclaim our club. 

Huge progress made and tomorrow help from CDC with waste and hazmat clearance.

We plan to reopen this weekend and will publish training and open details soon. Seniors return tomorrow evening. 

So once again, thank you all and a special shout out to chairman Dave Reeves for taking the lead with the police and visitors ! To Will for surveillance duties during last night and Dave Cater for CDC liaison and making the land secure temporarily. So many more names to mention but thanks to all.

Great club spirit #resilient @grfurugby #community #spirit #teamwork #hardwork #cirencester

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Welcome back to the Whiteway !

We are opening this weekend! @cirencesterrugby

Saturday's line up looks like this!  

🏉 seniors touch comp 12:30-2:30 👏
🍻 from 1pm til 10pm
🪑 outside seating
⛺️ marquee
🍔 food available

First come first served.
Safe & socially distanced.

#cirencester #rugby #community

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Pub in the Paddock reopens this weekend

We are reopening this weekend @ Cirencester Rugby  

Soft launch Friday as we finish off marquee duties. From 6:30pm.

BUT our new @kitchengarden.pizza van is serving between 5pm & 8pm. Yum.

But please do come along on Saturday when we will be officially opening our brand new marquee for members and non-members. 1pm til 10pm.

Club beer prices and food. 
Safe & socially distancing. 
QR track & trace.

All welcome.

#community #rugby #beergarden #cirencester #reopening @grfurugby

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Friday Night is Pizza Night at Ciren Rugby

NEW! Every Friday the Kitchen Garden Pizza Co. will be serving delicious takeaway pizzas at the Whiteway; between 5 pm and 8 pm.

Please come along and meet Sam and his team and support this local business, and of course, have a pint at the bar while you wait! 

Give them a try! 


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Seniors & Age Grades - Key Date

Cirencester Rugby:  On and Off Pitch Key Dates

Seniors and Age Grades

(as at 19 March)







Mon 29 Mar

Outdoor sport can resume

Contact training sessions, excl scrums and mauls, and host Ready4Rugby, O2 Touch and Tag rugby matches between clubs

Contact built incrementally and not exceed 20mins at this stage.

Adapted laws v other clubs.


Wed 31 Mar – 17 Apr


Ciren internal touch competition starts through to 17 April (voluntary)

7 aside weekly touch tournament open to U16’s upwards


Sun 4 Apr


Sunday Age Grade training resumes

Easter Sunday for M&Y


Tue 30 Mar


Senior training starts Tues & Thurs


Thurs 15 Apr


Training night

Bar open during training


Fri 16 Apr

Clubhouse bar opens 6.30-10pm




Sat 17 Apr

Club marquee can reopen with rules of 6 – outside – or two households.

Wedding receptions and wakes: numbers will rise from 6 to 15

7 aside touch competition (3/4 finals)

Welcome back social and BBQ for members to watch an afternoon of rugby


Tues 20 Apr


Senior 7’s training starts

In line with RFU guidelines


Sat 24 Apr

Ciren club work party & BBQ

9.30 – 12.30


 More info will follow on specific tasks and additional help required


Mon 26 Apr

Stage D2 on RFU Roadmap

Contact matches

Club can choose to play adapted laws in contact or continue with Ready4Rugby, O2 Touch and Tag.


Mon 17 May

Clubhouse reopens for indoor food and beverages – rule of 6 or two households

Stage E1 when Step 3 of Govt Roadmap reached (not before)

 Full contact training with scrums and mauls




Tues 18 May


7’s training continues

 1st XV kit sizing / 20 May


Sat 22 May


Senior 7’s Tournament TBC

Bar & BBQ social


Sun 23 May


Youth 7’s Annual Tournament TBC

Bar & BBQ social


Mon 24 May

Age Grade season ends 


Sun 6 Jun

Senior season ends


Pending demand 


Summer Rugby Break

Mon 7 Jun

Stage E2 two weeks after E1 (not before)

Full contact matches



Mon 21 Jun

Reopening of the economy where most limits can be hopefully lifted

Stage F not before Step 4 of Govt Roadmap reached

All restrictions lifted*


Sat 26 Jun

B&I Lions v Japan

Clubhouse open


Thur 24 Jun

AGM 2019/20 and 2020/21 


More details will be published nearer the time


Sat 3 Jul

B&I Lions v DHL Stormers


Wed 7 Jul

B&I Lions v SA Invitational


Sat 10 Jul

B&I Lions v Cell C Sharks


Tues 13 Jul


Senior pre-season begins 21/22


Wed 14 Jul

B&I Lions v SA ‘A’


Sat 17 Jul

B&I Lions v Vodacom Bulls


Sat 24 Jul

B&I Lions v South Africa


Sat 31 Jul

B&I Lions v South Africa


28 or 29 Aug

Bank Holiday

Cirencester Rugby Beer Festival 2021

Either Saturday or Sunday one day event

2021 Membership launched


General Club opening times *

Friday: 6.30 pm to 10 pm

Saturday:  1pm – 10pm

Sunday: 1230 – 4pm

NEW! On-site at the Whiteway - PIZZA TAKEAWAY

Every Friday; serving from 5-8pm

The Kitchen Garden Pizza Company

Premiership Rugby on TV - April through June 

*  times may vary depending on events and bookings



RFU Comms on Return to Rugby 5March2021

Return to Rugby Roadmap

Cirencester Rugby will issue its roadmap with on and off pitch activities and timelines based on the RFU statement below, during w/c March 8th.

Meantime, here is the RFU communication from 5/3/21:

The RFU is pleased to be able to publish its provisional plan for a phased return to full contact rugby. It’s wonderful to see light at the end of the tunnel and we are as delighted as clubs and players across the country that they will soon be able to resume training and, subject to each step on the government’s roadmap being achieved, progress towards contact fixtures and an exciting season of rugby for 2021/22 from September.

Please note the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap has been revised to follow steps on the government roadmap. Please, therefore, disregard previous versions and only share the new ‘green for go’ roadmap below. We have removed Stages B and C as they are no longer currently relevant due to changes in government restrictions.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will provide stage-by-stage guidance on our Return to Rugby page which will include all the information you’ll need for a gradual return to contact rugby. Guidance will include equipment that can be used at each stage and videos with our coach development team.

While we are all incredibly excited about getting back out on the pitch, we should also be conscious of the need to build-up gradually after a long lay-off. 
The focus for all activities over the next three months should be on player retention and player safety.
Until Monday 29 March, unless you are an age grade player taking part in organised school or college rugby activity, we remain at Stage A on the Return to Rugby Roadmap. This means individuals are only allowed to exercise alone or with one other from another household.

Age Grade Adjustments

When the Government Roadmap moves to Step One A - Schools return

• From Monday 8 March, schools and colleges may be permitted to follow the Stage D1 guidance for internal rugby activity only – no external matches, in line with DfE guidance.
• All other age grade rugby must remain at Stage A until 29 March - meaning individuals can exercise alone or with one other from another household until Monday 29 March.
• Current lockdown restrictions remain.
• The current age grade match season will end on Monday 31 May. 
The focus for the remainder of the season should be on maximising the number of players safely getting out on a rugby pitch.
• The age grade out of season regulations are suspended for 2021 and replaced with a range of permitted non-contact and contact training & playing. The purpose of this is to support player safety, contact preparation and player retention for any out of season age grade activities.
• The process for 17-year-olds playing adult rugby is suspended from now until Saturday 1 January 2022. These are some of the players at greatest safety and retention risk due to the rugby they have missed. While this may impact some clubs at adult level, the longer-term safety and participation picture outweighs the short-term impact.
• In season 2021-22, the shift to the next set of age group rules is delayed until Saturday 1 January 2022. (E.g. U10s in 2021-22 will play U9 rules before Christmas and U10 rules after Christmas.) 

For girls that are in the multi-age U13, U15 and U18 bandings, they will move into that age band and play to those rules from September. Training and playing guidance will be provided to ensure safe progression and transition.

Return to Adult and Age Grade Rugby Timeline

When the Government Roadmap moves to Step One A on 8th March
• Current lockdown restrictions remain.
• Adult rugby remains at Stage A on the Return to Rugby Roadmap.
• This means individuals can exercise alone or with one other from another household until Monday 29 March.
When the Government Roadmap moves to Step One B – no earlier than Monday 29 March
• Adult and age grade community rugby (including schools and colleges) may resume at Stage D1.
• O2 Touch, Tag and Ready4Rugby training and matches are permitted within the club and against other clubs. We will confirm travel guidance when published by government.
• Contact training (excluding scrums and mauls) is permitted to introduce contact gradually and prepare players physically for the next stage on the Return to Rugby Roadmap. 
Our guidance strongly recommends a maximum of 20 minutes contact in total per session, with regular hand sanitising breaks during and after contact skills training and equipment should be cleaned after use. Players should avoid face-to-face exposure of more than three seconds and more than 15 minutes of exposure at less than one metre with another player.

From Monday 26 April
• Having had four weeks of contact training, adult and age grade community rugby will be able to return to Stage D2 on the Rugby Roadmap from Monday 26 April.
• Again, guidance will recommend 20 minutes of contact training to be permitted (still excluding scrums and mauls).
• Matches will be permitted with adapted laws (no scrums & mauls) against other clubs. Again, travel guidance to be confirmed as above.
• Guidance for playing friendly matches over the summer will follow over the next few weeks to support maximising player retention and welfare.
• Matches will not be obligatory. It will be clubs’ and players’ individual choice as to when they feel ready to return to contact rugby. Please ensure players are given enough time to condition themselves physically, with a gradual return to contact built-in. Ready4Rugby, O2 Touch, and Tag can still be played if preferred.

When the Government Roadmap moves to Step Three – no earlier than Monday 17 May
• Adult and age grade community rugby likely to progress to Stage E1.
• It’s anticipated that full contact training will be permitted (including scrums and mauls).

Two weeks after Stage E1 has been reached – no earlier than Monday 31 May
• It is anticipated that adult community rugby will progress to Stage E2.
• Adult full contact matches would then be permitted.
• The current age grade season ends on Monday 31 May. (See above for further information).
• Some off-field restrictions likely to still apply.

When the Government Roadmap moves to Step Four – no earlier than Monday 21 June
• It is anticipated that adult community rugby will progress to the final Stage F.
• At which time we expect all remaining restrictions will be lifted.

Next Season
• All adult and age grade competitions are currently anticipated to start in September, as normal, under full laws.

Facilities Update
As more guidance is published by government, we will provide facilities guidance on changing rooms, club houses and off-field protocols. 
This information will be housed on our Return to Rugby page.
We will update FAQs next week as queries come in.

Return to Rugby Roadmap

The Return to rugby roadmap just been published by the @grfurugby @englandrugby.

@cirencesterrugby will be issuing a wider on and off the pitch complete roadmap early next week with senior, M&Y and clubhouse finer details.

#community #rugby #cirencester

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Message from England's Jonny May to Cirencester

Jonny May, the England Rugby and Gloucester Rugby legend has sent a personal message to Cirencester Minis and Youth as we look forward to our sport returning.

Good luck Jonny, from all at Ciren.


Thanks to the Mitsubishi Motor-vation campaign for making this happen! 

If you want to win the chance to get a video message/shout-out recorded by an England Men's, Red Roses, or legend. then head to: Mitsubishi Motor-vation (mitsubishi-motors.co.uk)

Combined AGMs in Summer 2021

Cirencester Rugby AGMs for 2019/20 and 2020/21
Dear Members

We have decided to combine and hold the above two AGMs when we can in the clubhouse or marquee in the June/July timeframe - in person rather than over Zoom.
Each AGM will be delivered and recorded separately but at a time when we can more safely meet up for a real AGM, not a virtual one! 
Any queries please do contact us.

In the meantime, we will be soon sending you all a newsletter with news on what has been happening behind the scenes and the exciting things we have (tentatively!) planned to keep you informed.
Kind regards, 
Exec Committee.