We still do not know when the new season starts.

Below are the new potential leagues, if we start before Christmas there could be play offs between the small divisions

Example is the 2 Midland 1 East leagues are set up for a late start and it is the same at all levels

 

LEVEL 6

 

LEVEL 7

LEVEL 8

   

 

LEVEL 9

 

 The new refereeing kit, from Olorun, has arrived and here it is being modelled by your Chairman! Socks are still being finalised, but will match the lime green on the shirts and have LSRUR, in black, down the back.

The base layer is in black, with the LSRUR Stencil on the right forearm.

The kit has, once again, been sponsored by Office Furniture Team GB Limited, Cadeby Homes and G&G Minibuses.

I have a full set of sizes in my possession and will be coming round to as many of the training sessions as I can to let members try on the kit to get the correct size for them. If you are anywhere near Loughborough and want to get sized up, then just give me a call and drop in. My contact details are on the Society website. To qualify for an issue of kit, a member is required to complete 10 appointments in the previous season. We do appreciate that the season was cut short and will take this into account, when looking at numbers of appointments taken. If in any doubt, please get in touch.

Our Match Observers and referee coaches will be issued with LSRUR winter coats.

We also have coming, a selection of LSRUR leisure wear for you to purchase. This includes Puffer Jackets, training pants, quarter zip soft shell fleeces, hoodies, gilets and polo shirts, all in the Society livery. These will be available on an online shop and I will have sample sizes for you to try. Details of all these will follow shortly.

RFU headlines June 4th
Return to Community Rugby Roadmap
We have today published our roadmap for a return to community rugby activity. This roadmap consists of six stages, Stage A relating to individual training with one other person, moving through to Stage F when there can be a return to competitive matches against other teams. We are currently at Stage B following the government’s announcement of Thursday 28 May.

A roadmap infographic and more detailed guidance has been produced to clarify the six stages of the roadmap.

Timescales to allow progression between stages will be carefully managed and will be determined by medical and government advice. We will issue regular updates, along with detailed guidance, as each progression takes place.

Bill Sweeney, Chief Executive Officer at the RFU, comments:

"A great amount of work has been undertaken since rugby was suspended in March to align the various stages of social distancing announced by the government, with our decision making focused on the best interests of players, volunteers and clubs."

"When considering the roadmap for a return to community rugby, we were aware that some clubs wanted to get back quicker than others as a major concern of clubs is to retain their players and preserve their revenue streams. We also recognise that other sports may return quicker in England and that rugby may return quicker in other countries. However, we will stay focused on what is right for rugby in England. Whilst we are keen to have rugby being played and members returning to their clubs, we need to be cautious and will therefore only move from one stage to another when guidance and advice says that it is safe to do so."

"There are many implications of a staged return to play, including the impact on the competitive programme, rugby activity in clubs, schools, colleges and universities and also the use of clubhouses and indoor facilities. We remain committed to addressing these challenges in the run up to the 20/21 season."

The roadmap focuses on a return to community rugby activity and not the reopening of clubhouses. As these are indoor spaces, they will be subject to separate government advice and guidance. In parallel, we will continue to develop advice and guidance on when and how clubhouses may reopen. The current position is that clubs are able to open indoor facilities only to allow access through the building to pitches, access to toilets and a facility (should appropriate licenses be held) for the serving of takeaway food and drinks.

All RFU Regulations must still be adhered to, including Regulation 15. This means that during the present "out of season" period all age grades can do non-contact training but if they choose to do so, it must be is in line with our latest guidance. For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We also want to reassure clubs that normal RFU insurance cover is in place subject to the adherence to regulations and our latest Covid-19 guidance.
 
 
 
Other important matters
Webinars & Podcasts
Coach & Referee Training - Tuesday 9 June at 7pm
Wayne Barnes and Matthew Carley, who are both RFU referees, will discuss Refereeing the Scrum. Click below to register.
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Coach & Referee Training - Thursday 11 June at 7pm
Ian Peel, Saracens forwards coach and former England U20 head coach and full international scrum coach, will discuss coaching the front row. Click below to register.
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Tuesday 19th May Training Session

The next in our series of webinars is with Professional Referees Sara Cox and Luke Pearce on all things Positioning.

You can also watch our previous sessions below.#stayconnected

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Update on the impact of current government guidance on rugby clubs
The government issued further guidance regarding a phased return to sport and recreation on Sunday 31 May - click here to read. This includes more detailed information regarding the use of equipment, including balls, and the training of multiple groups. Accordingly, we have updated our guidelines.

Equipment sharing, including balls, is permitted, although should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practice must be in place at all times.

Two or more groups of six may train provided they are kept separate. RFU guidance is that there should be no more than four groups per full pitch and social distancing and strict hygiene measures must be observed.

Parents/carers observing a training session at a distant from a safeguarding perspective is permitted without them being part of the participating group.

While multiple small groups can engage in training at the same site, clubs must risk assess this properly and ensure that safe and adequate distancing between groups is strictly observed.

People should avoid mixing with too many others from outside their household in a short space of time and care should be taken at all times as there is a continued risk of infection.

As physical contact with anyone outside the same household is currently not permitted, the playing of any games remains suspended.

Click here to access the latest infographic.

There is no change to the guidance regarding club facilities. Each club should make individual decisions about when their outdoor facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely. Until a club believes it is safe and responsible to reopen, it should remain closed. Indoor facilities such as clubhouses should be kept closed, apart from toilets and throughways. Facilities that are open must follow relevant government guidance. Click here to access a guide which has been prepared in respect of reopening a facility.