RFU CANCELS ADULT COMPETITIVE LEAGUES FOR THE 2020/21 SEASON

The RFU Council has made the difficult decision to cancel the Adult Competitive Leagues (Level 3 and below for Men, Level 2 and below for Women) for the 2020/21 season.

We believe that, even if a return to full contact rugby becomes possible, playing a meaningful competitive league season resulting in promotion and relegation is no longer feasible.      

Given the Government’s additional restrictions to curb the increase in COVID-19 cases in locations across the country, and growing concerns around travelling significant distances outside immediate localities to fulfil fixtures due to increased risk of transmission, the decision has been made now so we can provide clubs with some certainty for the remainder of the season.   

The Championship remains on course to start in January 2021, with this league subject to Government’s Elite Return to Play protocols. 

WHAT RUGBY CAN WE PLAY?  

We have been in daily contact with Government about moving towards some form of contact rugby that will enable as many matches to take place as possible. 

Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director, said:“We are very keen to see competitive rugby being played again and have been pushing extremely hard to accelerate a return to contact rugby. However, we also need to be realistic about the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in society and, given the introduction of further regional restrictions, we are working with Government to create alternative solutions.  

“Progress has been made following productive conversations with DCMS and the Office of the Deputy Chief Medical Officer who have shown a willingness to work with the RFU to explore other available options.”  

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: "I know that today's decision from the RFU will be disappointing to players and fans across the country however protecting people's health is absolutely paramount. The government is continuing to work closely with the RFU on ways in which we can bring the competitive, community game back in some form ahead of a return to full contact as soon as the public health situation allows." 

Steve Grainger added: “While many people have looked forward to contact rugby returning, we are receiving more and more feedback from clubs and players that adaptations would be acceptable. There is an increasing appetite to play an adapted format of rugby rather than having no fixtures at all. 

“We will do everything we can to enable the rugby community to return to contact play as soon as we can, but our priority is to keep players, coaches, referees and volunteers safe. We will provide an update to our community clubs as soon as we can. We would like to once again thank everyone for their incredible efforts in implementing the necessary changes and for their continued support in keeping formats of rugby going during this challenging season.”   

For the current time we remain at Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap.

Super Saturday Six Nations

🏉 Super Saturday 🏉

🥧 Pie & Pint £5 🥧

2:15 Wales v Scotland
4:45 Italy V England
8:10 France V Ireland

Seating still available in marquee first come first served!

Masks. Table service. Groups of 6 max. Safety measures in place.

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What’s On this Autumn

Tomorrow at 2:30pm we welcome Minchinhampton and Stroud for touch rugby at Cirencester Rugby #interclub

Touch Tournament KO 2:30pm #friendly

Then Premiership final #EXEvWAS on TVs at 6pm.

Plus What Else Is On this #autumn at #cirencesterrugby — save the dates.

#SocialDistancing #tableservice #masks #hygiene all in place for comfort & safety

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Sat 24 Oct: Touch Tournament v Minch RFC & Stroud Rugby 2:30 KO

This Saturday there is rugby at the Whiteway, home to Cirencester Rugby.

Touch Tournament vs Minchinhampton & Stroud Rugby KO is 2:30pm #friendly

Then the Premiership Rugby final #EXEvWAS on TVs at 6pm.

#SocialDistancing #tableservice #masks #hygiene all in place for comfort & safety

#rugby #community

 

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RFU CEO Bill Sweeney Visits Cirencester Rugby

Last week Cirencester Rugby was extremely proud to welcome Bill Sweeney CEO of the #RFU England Rugby to the Whiteway as part of his #gloucestershire whirlwind visit to a few clubs in the county.

After watching the seniors train, Bill had good discussions with some age grade coaches, senior captain and head coach and the Exec Committee on rugby, Covid, return to audiences, touch, contact rugby, player retention, revenues, and grassroots.

A memorable time for the Cotswold club. Thank you England Rugby.

@grfurugby #communityrugby #club #sport #HQ #rugby

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What’s On at the Whiteway in Oct & Nov

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Rugby on Sat 10 October

‪🏉 Rugby tomorrow 🏉

Internal club rugby--- Seniors & Colts Touch tournament 10:30 til 1:00. The Paddock. 

🏉 Premiership Rugby 🏉

Semis  on TVs at Cirencester Rugby. 

1:30 @WaspsRugby v @BristolBears followed by @ExeterChiefs v @bathrugby at 4:30pm.‬
‪Tables in club & marquee with table service. Masks & social distancing‬
‪All welcome💥 ‬

We Are Open! The Whiteway #pubintheclub UPDATED

Here are the new open times for the Clubhouse this October.

Thursday 7.30 - 8.30 pm

Friday 6.00 - 9.00 pm

Saturday 1.30 - 9.00 pm

Sunday 1.00 - 3.00 pm

We are operating a one-way system, table service for groups of 6 (max), masks to be worn when entering and visiting the loo.

Hand sanitisers available and regular table cleaning.

Track & trace and full hygiene measures in place.

Members prices but a warm welcome to all.

Please help us to keep you and our team safe and look out for news on events and rugby.

Thank you from the Exec Comm.

* when opening times change we will share here and also on our social media on Fb Insta and Twitter.

We Are Open! The Whiteway #pubintheclub

Here are the new open times for the Clubhouse this October. Thursday 7.30 - 8.30 pm Friday 5.00 - 9.00 pm Saturday 1.30 - 9.00 pm Sunday 1.00 - 3.00 pm We are operating a one-way system, table service for groups of 6 (max), masks to be worn when entering and visiting the loo. Hand sanitisers available and regular table cleaning. Track & trace and full hygiene measures in place. Members prices but a warm welcome to all. Please help us to keep you and our team safe and look out for news on events and rugby. Thank you from the Exec Comm. * when opening times change we will share here and also on our social media on Fb Insta and Twitter.

Pitch Up for Rugby this Sunday at the Whiteway

Pitch up for rugby. This Sunday 13 Sept. @cirencesterrugby

Join in our Touch Tournament. Welcoming all and new players.

Approx tournament timings for age grades:

10-11:30 — U7 U8 U9 U10
11:45-1pm —- U11 U12
1:15-3-15 — U13 U14 U15

@grfurugby @englandrugby #pitchupforrugby #itsgoodtobeback #rugby #community #cirencester

 

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Sign Up Sunday M&Y Day. All Welcome.

Shout out to Mini & Youth players.

Today is SIGN UP SUNDAY ! For all ages grades at @cirencesterrugby.

Registration opens at 9:30 at the Whiteway so swing by and meet your fellow team mates, other parents and the coaches.

Training across all our pitches with complete social distancing and safety starts at 10am ! Join @cirencesterrugby today!

@grfurugby #rugby #community #cirencester #family #sport

 

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This Saturday at 10am. NatWest Rugby Force Work Party

Shout out to members to please help TOMORROW! 
NatWest Rugby Workforce Party
Saturday 5 Sept.

We are holding a work party at 10am please help out if you can for an hour or two 🙏 We have bacon ! 

Please help prepare the club for the return of rugby. Many hands make light work as we head into SIGN UP sessions for seniors VPs social members and all age grades! 

Thank you.

@grfurugby @natwest_rugby @englandrugby #NatWestRugbyForce #returntorugby

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