RFU executives start consulting English grassroots rugby

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The Chief Executive Officer and President have been out and about in Nottingham and Oxford at the first of 13 public meetings aimed at gathering opinions on how to update the RFU Constitution, as Ritchie explained.

“These meetings are about the governance of the union,” he said. “We want to make sure we get the views of the clubs from around the country which Bill Beaumont as Chairman and myself will come to.

“It’s a great opportunity to get out and about and meet the clubs, I thought we had some very interesting comments and it think it is a good education for us as well. I was pleased with the turnout and it will prove very helpful.”
Rugby Football Union Chairman Bill Beaumont

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The ultimate goal is to discover whether the wider game believes the way the RFU administers the sport in England needs to change to reflect a modern, efficient, forward-thinking governing body.

The information will be collated and analysed by the project team and delivered to the RFU Council to aid their decision-making process. Former England Captain Beaumont added this could form the basis of a SGM in November 2013.

He said: “We’re doing regional road shows looking at whether we need to change anything: reduce the size of the council or make it bigger; look at the structure of the board; the accountability of the board; the relationship between board and council.

“The council will debate it and if we approve any of the changes we’ll look to have a SGM in the autumn of this year.

“The main issue is that people should feel wanted and feel they are part of the RFU – every member club is part of the RFU and we want to hear their views.”

Further information is available on the process on and if you would like to attend one of the remaining consultation sessions and have your say on the future of rugby in this country, please see details of dates and venues below:

Venue Proposed date

1 Vaughn Parry Williams Pavilion, Nottingham University, University Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 2RD – VENUE CHANGE 8 January 2013
2 Holiday Inn, Peartree roundabout, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 8JD – VENUE CHANGE 9 January 2013
3 Silhillians RFC, Memorial Club House,Warwick Road, Copt Heath, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 9LW 17 January 2013
4 Royal British Legion Club, 9 - 11 Endless Street Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 1DL NEW VENUE ANNOUNCEMENT 21 January 2013
5 North Bristol RFC, Oaklands Gloucester Road, Almondsbury, Bristol, Avon BS32 4AG 22 January 2013
6 Elgar 2, Twickenham Stadium, 200 Whitton Road, Twickenham, Middx TW2 7BA 29 January 2013
7 Launceston RFC, Polson Bridge, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 9QT 7 February 2013
8 York RUFC, Clifton Park, Shipton Road, York, Yorkshire, YO30 5RE 12 February 2013
9 Broughton Park FC, 2 Houghend Crescent Manchester, Lancashire M21 7TL 13 February 2013

10 Tynedale RFC, Tynedale Park, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5AY 18 February 2013
11 Tunbridge Wells RFC, St. Mark's Recreation Ground, Frant Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5LS 19 February 2013
12 Turnstone Suite, Cambridge RUFC, Volac Park, Grantchester Road, Cambridge, CB3 9ED 25 February 2013
13 Elgar 2, Twickenham Stadium.


All meetings will start at 7pm for 7.30pm. Please attend which ever meeting is most convenient for you. No tickets or notification are required, simply turn up and take part.

At each consultation meeting there will be a presentation of the main points, with plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions and express your views on any subject.

If you are unable to attend any of the meetings, the RFU would still love to have your feedback. You can e-mail with any comments, or ask to speak to the Project Manager, Simon Johnson, for a full discussion.

Feedback will be reported to the April RFU Council meeting, with a full debate to follow at a special meeting of the Council in May 2013. The results of the consultation will be communicated on the RFU website.