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University Rugby Update

November 2021

Dear university rugby representatives,

This update’s headlines include:

• SRFU Welcomes new trustees

• SRFU Treasurer & Trustee Opportunity

• The Touch Union

• Refereeing Opportunities

• Join a Club this Christmas

• GameFinder

• SRFU Grants second window now open

• England Students announcement


Follow our social channels

To stay up to date on guidance, webinars and good practice examples, make sure you follow the joint social channels of the SRFU and RFU University Partnerships Team.


SRFU welcomes Shaunagh Brown and Rosie Williams OBE

Students’ RFU is excited to welcome Shaunagh Brown and Rosie Williams OBE to its Trustee Board. Both have a truly exceptional background in the sport and bring with them a huge amount of experience and passion to the organisation.


Students' RFU - Treasurer & Trustee opportunity

The SRFU are seeking to appoint a Treasurer for the 2022 season onwards. Click below for the full recruitment pack and application details.


The Touch Union

The Touch Union is England Rugby's new touch format of the game. It's fun, fast-flowing and social, while still building on core rugby union skills - perfect for all at your university. The playing rules can be adapted to suit all participants’ needs and abilities, and sessions are gender inclusive.

To help you grow rugby at your university, using The Touch Union, we'd like to offer you a The Touch Union starter kit and a £100 England Rugby Store gift voucher, which could be used to incentivise players at your university (T&C’s apply). All you need to do to claim this is register your session, using the link below.


Refereeing opportunities

The RFU in partnership with the SRFU will be launching a university referee pilot at selected institutions, the pilot will aim to make the course more accessible for students whilst supporting a need of more referees in the community game. The SRFU will fund the course fee as long as the student commits to officiating two community rugby matches. More information will be released on our social media channels.


Connect with a Club this Christmas

Are your students connecting with a club when they go home for Christmas? Playing club rugby is an excellent way to keep fit over the break, before the university rugby season resumes, and provides opportunities for students to re-join their home rugby community before they graduate. You can find your nearest rugby club here.


SRFU grants

The second application window of the grant offer for the PLAY strand opens on 29 November and closes at midnight on 19 December. PLAY focuses on the recreational offer across universities, to support university clubs engage more players.

Don’t forget the LEARN strand is still open and focuses on supporting the development of the university rugby workforce to attend RFU courses for coaches, officials and first aiders.

England Students announcement

England Students representative team fixture to go ahead against French Universities - read the full update below.

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