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Kids First Rugby Explained: Why It is a Good Thing 1 Comment Read more »

Kids First Rugby Explained: Why It is a Good Thing

This article aims to describe some of the nuts and bolts of Kids First Rugby (“KFR”) and examine the reasons for the initiative having been put in place. The purpose of this is twofold: to make the issue more transparent for those of my readers…


Making Contact Rugby Safer: How to Tackle a Growing Issue Leave a comment Read more »

Making Contact Rugby Safer: How to Tackle a Growing Issue

The issue of tackling in rugby has been big news recently. We’ve seen a collective of 70 concerned health professionals and academics send an open letter to the UK Government calling for a ban on tackling in schools rugby. The UK Government has now confirmed…


Kids First Rugby Initiative gathers pace (starting September 2016) 1 Comment Read more »

Kids First Rugby Initiative gathers pace (starting September 2016)

September 2016 will be a landmark in Age Grade rugby in England, as the Kids First Rugby initiative comes fully into effect across the country. Changes have been agreed which will see a harmonised approach to how young players are developed for the first time…


SILENT SUNDAYS–A view from inside the tent 1 Comment Read more »

SILENT SUNDAYS–A view from inside the tent

The furore (too strong a word? Kerfuffle might be better) over the #SilentSundays experiment run by my local governing body Yorkshire Rugby Football Union (YRFU) over the last two weekends of Age Grade rugby was something of a surprise – and yet, knowing rugby folk…


10 Years On: Memories of England's RWC Win 2 Comments Read more »

10 Years On: Memories of England’s RWC Win

Last Friday saw the 10th anniversary of England’s 20-17 extra-time win over Australia in the final of the 2003 Rugby World Cup. For anyone who’s been living under a rock for a protracted period of time, here’s how it ended…. I watched the original game…


A Wake-Up Call to Coaches: RFU losing £8m of Funding 1 Comment Read more »

A Wake-Up Call to Coaches: RFU losing £8m of Funding

Last January, Sport England, the body which presides over the allocation of public money to sports development in England, announced its plans to invest £493m in grassroots sport over the next four years with the aim of keeping alive the legacy of the 2012 Olympic…


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