RFU confirm end of league, cup and county rugby 2019/20 season in England

Today, in a letter to the rugby clubs in England, Bill Sweeney, RFU CEO, has confirmed the end of the 2019/20 season for all league, cup and county rugby in England with the exception of the Gallagher Premiership, which the RFU is in active discussions with.

The decision to confirm the end of the season was taken to assist with long term planning and provide clarity to the game at a time of continuous change.
The RFU continues to work on a range of options to support clubs at this challenging time and aims to outline these in more detail by mid-April.

Below is the full letter from RFU's Bill Sweeney:

When current government advice on social distancing measures changes, we will naturally encourage rugby training and friendlies to recommence.

I would like to personally thank everyone for their swift actions in suspending rugby activity, this is not an easy time and I know many of you will have concerns that go beyond the game.

We are working through the implications of ending the season early and have instigated a thorough process to ensure fair and balanced outcomes for the game. We will communicate these outcomes by the middle of April. While we would like to provide all the answers now, we need some time to get it right for the best interests of the game. Rest assured we are working on this as a priority and we will continue to send weekly updates to clubs.

The three areas of focus for the RFU right now are Welfare, Implications and Reboot.

Welfare

We are ensuring colleagues and communities are given support to follow government advice and are providing recommendations on how to stay fit and healthy using individual training programmes. We are also talking to government about how we can deploy and mobilise our own resources across England to support the vulnerable.

Implications

Every union is different, with unique structures and challenges and the RFU needs to manage its own particular complexities. Our business model is similar to most rugby clubs - we earn revenue from events on and off the field and we invest that back into the game. We benefit from strong Twickenham Stadium revenues but we are also exposed if there is widespread cancellation of games and events.

In this extraordinary situation we are working through a range of potential financial scenarios dependent mainly on the length of this crisis. This was already budgeted to be a loss making year within a 4 year cycle due to the costs of the 2019 RWC campaign and only hosting two home Six Nations games. The loss will now be considerably more as we face challenges similar to businesses across the entire country. There may well also be much longer term financial implications which we are assessing now. It is therefore taking us some time to develop a considered position on how we can support clubs and the rugby community, which we will do.

We have already undertaken financial measures to safeguard the business enabling us to review all options and programmes to provide support for clubs in these difficult times.

We welcome the measures announced by Government which could provide crucial support to professional and community clubs and the RFU. We are in regular contact with Sport England and The Sport and Recreation Alliance to understand how business rate relief and hardship funds can be accessed by clubs and will be providing assistance to make sure every club who is eligible will be supported.

The implications for all areas of rugby will be thoroughly worked through and solutions discussed and developed with the clubs.

Reboot 

Our welfare advice before the start of next season will switch to offering guidance on how players at all levels can reboot and get match ready.

We will work closely with constituent bodies to support clubs, competition organisers and the wider rugby community in preparing to re-start rugby in what is likely to be a challenging environment.

In recent days we have all been inspired by the many stories across the rugby family working together to support those who are the most vulnerable in their community – this encapsulates the unique spirit of rugby. I am confident that this spirit and resilience during these tough times will ensure we will come through this together and emerge stronger.

Take care and stay safe,

Bill Sweeney
RFU
 

RFU Statement - Coronavirus

RFU Statement - Coronavirus

Following government advice, the RFU will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community

This includes all rugby activity 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.

The Ciren Whiteway clubhouse will sadly close as a pub and bar for the foreseeable for social distancing reasons. 

Team News: Sat 7 March Cirencester v Old Cryptians (A) 1:30

CIRENCESTER v OLD CRYPTIANS 
VENUE: MEMORIAL GROUND TUFFLEY AVENUE GLOUCESTER GL1 5NS
COMPETITION: GLOUCESTERSHIRE ONE.
KO: 1.30pm.


SQUAD SELECTION
1. SEAN BEECH
2. GARETH OWEN
3. CHRIS HOUSE
4. OLIVER GIBSON (capt)
5. MAX HEYWOOD
6. JOE CHAMBERS
7. RYAN BROOKES
8. ANDREW FIELD
9. JOSH WOODWARD
10. HARVEY DICKENSON
11. SAM CATER
12. ZEB WAITE
13. WILL MAWBY
14. TOM DYKES
15. ERIC SPINK
16. SCOTT CANNON
17. ARCHIE MOULD
18. TBC


ANDREW DEACON (DOR)
JOE HAMMOND (BACKS COACH)
ALASDAIR WOOD (MANAGER))
THE PRIME PRACTICE (PHYSIO)

Please note early ko time 1.30pm, players to travel to the game in cars, and return to Cirencester to watch the England v Wales international.…. Good luck to all players.

Today‘s 1XV home game is ON

Game ON!

Just to confirm today’sCirencester v North Bristol is ON

KO2:30pm

The 2XV away at CheltNorth has been cancelled due to water logged pitches. 

Please come and support your team. Wrap up warm. 

Sat 29 Feb: Ciren 1XV v North Bristol / 2XV v Chelt North 2s

CIRENCESTER RFC v NORTH BRISTOL RFC.
VENUE: WHITEWAY
COMPETITION: GLOUCESTERSHIRE ONE.
MEET TIME: 12.45PM (PROMPT)
KO: 2.30pm.

SQUAD SELECTION
1. GARTEH OWEN
2. NOAH NEWMAN
3. DARREN STEPHENS
4. OLIVER GIBSON (capt)
5. SAM CATER
6. JOE CHAMBERS
7. RYAN BROOKES
8. ANDREW FIELD
9. ALEX FRAME
10. WILL LOWE
11. DAN HALPIN
12. TOM DYKES
13. ZEB WAITE
14. ERIC SPINK
15. HUGH WILLIAMS
16. SEAN BEACH
17. CHRIS HOUSE
18. JACK HARRISON

ANDREW DEACON (DOR)
JOE HAMMOND (BACKS COACH)
ALASDAIR WOOD (MANAGER))
THE PRIME PRACTICE (PHYSIO)


CIRENCESTER 2XV  v CHELTENHAM NORTH 2s
VENUE: STOKE ORCHARD ROAD, BISHOPS CLEEVE CHELTENHAM GL52 7DG
COMPETITION: GLOUCESTER DISTRICT ONE
MEET TIME: 12.45PM (PROMPT)
KO: 2:30pm
SQUAD SELECTION
1. NEIL OWEN
2. STEVE LANGLEY
3. SCOTT CANNON
4. RICHARD WILLIAMS
5. JACK ARMORGIE (capt)
6. ARCHIE DUNFORD
7. ARCHIE MOULD
8. DAN NICOLE
9. RHYS OWEN
10. ADAM BARKER
11. ANDY BAKER
12. ALEX MOREING
13. STEVE MACFARLANE
14. BAILEY TIBBLES
15. DAN SIMPON
NEIL OWEN (manager)

Sat 22Feb : Cirencester v Old Colstonians (A) 2:30

CIRENCESTER v OLD COLSTONIANS.
VENUE: BELL HILL STAPLETON BRISTOL BS16 1BJ.
COMPETITION: GLOUCESTERSHIRE ONE.
KO: 2.30pm 

SQUAD SELECTION
1. CHRIS HOUSE
2. NOAH NEWMAN
3. GARETH OWEN
4. OLIVER GIBSON (capt)
5. SAM CATER
6. TOM DYKES
7. RYAN BROOKES
8. ANDREW FIELD
9. HUGH WILLIAMS
10. WILL LOWE
11. HARVEY DICKENSON
12. WILL MAWBY
13. ZEB WAITE
14. ERIC SPINK
15. ANDREW HALSEY
16. DARREN STEPHENS
17. JOE CHAMBERS
18. JACK HARRISON
ANDREW DEACON (DOR)
ALASDAIR WOOD (MANAGER)


IMPORTANT: All players to adhere to the times and kit requirements. Players to travel to and from the game on the coach. NO second team this week. Cainscross RFC pitch is unplayable we offered the option to play at Ciren declined so and AWO.

2nd team players to travel on the bus to support the 1st team. Good luck to the players


DIRECTIONS: From the M32 (IKEA Junction) take the road towards Frenchay - and you will see the School on the right-hand side after about half a mile. Go through the gates, take an immediate right, and you will see a cricket pavilion in front of you - this is the OCRFC club house.

Six Nations LUNCH for Ciren Members Sunday 23 Feb 1:30pm

On Sunday 23 Feb we have a sponsored club lunch, free for all (paid up) members of Cirencester Rugby.
We will be serving a two course lunch at 1:30 pm ahead of the 3 pm England Ireland six nations game. First come first served basis, tickets must be booked in order to plan catering and the room layout.

Please contact Cat or email sponsorship@crfc.co.uk to book your seat and delicious lunch.

We look forward to seeing you all there it will be a great game and event at the Whiteway  

Please RSVP to Cat on email or call 07768 410097 OR  leave your name and details with Tom Wenban behind the bar BY FRIDAY 21 FEB  

0433E121 7102 4C4D 90D5 173A06B1C5B0

Important bulletin for M&Y section

All

Please take a moment to read and digest the relevant info below and where required pass on to parents and players. 

Car Park Construction

The work on the Club car park starts this week with and estimated project length of approximately 14 weeks. The contractors will separate the site from the rest of the club grounds to enable them to work and operate safely, please ensure you and especially the children respect the fences and obey all relevant signs. This is for everyone's safety so please be vigilant, especially when we have visitors.

Throughout the build access to the club house will be maintained via a temporary track along the hedge. Please follow the signs and ensure when parking at the Club House you park considerately, as space will be at a premium. Whilst the work is going on the car park at the back of the Whiteway farm that we use for the Youth 7s is available. Access to the grounds is via the gate at the top of Pitch 1. Where possible please lift share or walk to the Club. This will alleviate some of the pressure on the Club but also allow visitors room to park on match days. 

Membership

The Membership Secretary Neil Owen has sent you all updated registered players lists and membership status. Please can you respond promptly to him confirming who is missing or who can be removed. There are still a number of unpaid Membership fees across the whole Club. Can Coaches and Team managers chase the outstanding fees as we are now late in the season and people have had plenty of time to pay their membership. Last Season there was unpaid membership, this is simply unsustainable and frankly unfair on everyone else who does pay. I appreciate there may be circumstances where individuals need some support, in this instance can I ask that you contact Neil directly who will gladly help resolve any issues people may be having.  

Safeguarding and DBS Checks

There was a big surge in DBS applications at the start of the Season. Sam Jones the Safeguarding lead had been processing these as they come in but there is still a way to go. All Coaches and regular helpers/Team Managers are mandated to complete the RFU DBS Checks. This is not a difficult task and all of it, less the document verification with Sam is conducted online. Please contact Sam to initiate this if you haven’t already done so.

Additionally all age groups must have at least one individual who has completed the RFU Play it Safe/In Touch course within the last 5 years. Again this is a mandated requirement that ensures a standardised practice of good Safeguarding practices is maintained across the Club. Courses can be boked online via the RFU Website and all booking fees will be refunded by the Club on completion.  

Fixtures

Please continue to provide Claire Cleaver with your updated fixtures lists. It is key that we maintain a master copy so Mel Lennon can allocate pitches and organise Kitchen help. Can I ask that you ensure when you are nominated to help in the kitchen that parents arrive promptly at 10 am. Caroline will get things started but cannot serve and cook match food at the same time. This is not an onerous task and one age groups on average have to do 3/4 times a season. There have be a handful of occasions when nobody has turned up. When age groups are chased the excuse is they weren’t aware. This is at the top of the pitch allocation email from Mel so no excuse! If you cant do it due to last minute changes to your games then swop with another age group and inform Mel for his records.

In addition to the Club Master Fixtures list all YOUTH Teams (U13-Colts) are to ensure ALL their fixtures have been populated on GMS. The RFU is ever increasingly reliant on the data on GMS for their own analysis and management of Club activities. It is also critical to the Club International ticket allocation that visibility of the games being played can be monitored by the RFU. It is in effect a measurement of the health of the Game as the assumption is that to support a healthy fixture list Clubs have good governance, coaching and volunteer support as well as buoyant membership. I have looked at the Master Fixture list and GMS is not reflecting the Games being played. PLEASE rectify this ASAP. 

Volunteer Assistance

I continually seek to encourage volunteers to step forward to help with the many aspects of Club business. It is a constant challenge and one that is critical to keeping everything moving forwards. There are may ways to get involved and many opportunities no matter what spare time you have to help and add value to our fantastic Club. With the income from the Car Park we will be looking for ideas to invest in the Club infrastructure and for people to manage some of the projects. Likewise day to day running of the Club or events always needs helpers to do some of the leg work for the Committee as they only have so much spare capacity to do things. I am particularly keen to recruit a MY Chair person and assistant Chair person to oversee the MY activities. This is not a huge task but is a key appointment within the Club Committee as a focal point for MY issues and a conduit for getting information in and out of the Club to the MY Section. If anyone can spare 2-4 hours a week maximum to take this task on you will be making huge difference to the day to day running of the MY section. More over if an Assistant Chair could be recruited and the role split even better (Youth Chair and Minis Chair???). Please can ALL Coaches and Team mangers try and encourage some assistance from your parents on this as the impact of not having anyone is starting to show.

Any queries or feedback on any of the above feel free to contact me directly or grab me at the Club.

Dave

Chairman

Saturday 15 Feb Ciren away Old Colstonians CANCELLED

CIRENCESTER 1XV v OLD COLSTONIANS

VENUE: BELL HILL STAPLETON
BRISTOL BS16 1BJ

CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS. 

REPLAY -- Next Saturday 2/ February 

Team News Sat 8 Feb Ciren 2XV welcome Dursley 2s

CIRENCESTER RFC 2nds v DURSLEY RFC 2nds
DATE: SATURDAY 8th FEBRUARY 2020
VENUE: THE WHITEWAY
COMPETITION: GLOUCESTERSHIRE ONE
KO: 2.30pm


SQUAD SELECTION
1. SEAN BEECH
2. NEIL OWEN (capt)
3. TIM SKELTON
4. RICHARD WILLIAMS
5. MAX HEYWOOD
6. ARCHIE DUNFORD
7. ARCHIE MOULD
8. STEVE LANGLEY
9. TOM MILLS
10. MIKE HOWELL
11. STEVE BRUNSDEN
12. ALEX MORING
13. ANOTHER
14. ERIC SPINK
15. CHARLIE PUGH
16. MARK. VAUGHAN
17. ANDREW DEACON


ANDREW DEACON (DOR)
JOE HAMMOND (BACKS COACH)


IMPORTANT: All players to adhere to the times and kit requirement. Still looking for players to pull on the shirt. Post-match the England game will be shown in the club house. Good luck to the players who have committed to play for their club. Note non-players, your touch line support would be most welcome. DoR

 

Teams News: Sat 1st Feb Cirencester v Gordon League KO 2:30 #Gloucester1 (H)

CIRENCESTER v GORDON LEAGUE
VENUE: THE WHITEWAY
COMPETITION: GLOUCESTERSHIRE ONE
KO: 2.30pm

SQUAD SELECTION:
1. SEAN BEECH
2. GARETH OWEN
3. CHRIS HOUSE
4. RYAN BROOKES
5. OLIVER GIBSON (capt)
6. JOE CHAMBERS
7. TOM DYKES
8. ANDREW FIELD
9. MIKE HOWELL
10. WILLIAM LOWE
11. SAM CATER
12. RHYS OWEN
13. ZEB WAITE
14. ANDREW HALSEY
15. DAN HALPIN
16. JACK HARRISON
17. NOAH NEWMAN (FR)
18. JACK ARMORGIE


ANDREW DEACON (DOR)
JOE HAMMOND (BACKS COACH)
ALASDAIR WOOD (TEAM MANAGER)
PHYISO (PRIME PRACTISE)

Good luck to the lads. 

Rugby Club Gets New Car Park

This week in the Wilts & Glos Standard, the car park project picks up the pace with work due to start next month across a three-month programme.

Ths CDC investment will result in an enhanced entrance area to the rugby grounds and 158 permit spaces for the local business community managed by CDC's partner.

As part of this development, we look to also improve the driveway and parking around the clubhouse itself.

Read more here: https://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/18182191.cirencester-rugby-club-get-158-new-parking-spaces-500k-project/