Rugby Football Union

The Rugby Football Union is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England, with 1,900 autonomous rugby clubs in its membership.

The clubs are grouped within 35 Constituent Bodies (CBs), comprised of counties - some individual, some combined - the three armed forces, Oxford and Cambridge Universities, England Schools Rugby Football Union and England Students.

All of this is supported by the RFU's 50 Rugby Development Officers, eight Regional Development Managers and no less than 150 Community Rugby Coaches across the country, who provide some 30,000 coaching sessions a year for young people.

Rugby World Cup 2015

This year England is hosting the Rugby World Cup! All the action kicks off on Friday 18th September with England taking in Fiji at Twickenham. Check out our project funding and support pages to see how we can support you to set up your own rugby sessions in the community. 

Festival of Rugby

The Festival of Rugby provides clubs, schools, colleges, universities, community groups, events and the nation with the opportunity to take part in the celebration of rugby in 2015 and is open to any event hosted between June 10 and October 31 2015 with a rugby theme or element.

Events registered and approved will have access to the Festival of Rugby brand for bunting, t-shirts and other event promotional tools. They will also have access to their own page at helping to increase awareness and reach of their event. Organisers can register their interest for free and discover more at

O2 Touch

Introducing O2 Touch, the pitch-up and play sport taking the country by storm.

O2 Touch is a mixed, non-contact versatile sport that offers participants a fun and friendly environment in which to exercise and socialise. The emphasis is on joining in and having fun, not serious competition.

England Rugby fully supports the programme, providing full kit and equipment as well as training and ongoing support. There is a great programme up and running that involves students in voluntary roles to help promote and run the sessions, where they will receive full training, great rewards and a unique experience which will look great on their CV or UCAS form.

75 colleges are already running O2 Touch, to become the next or to find out more email or visit the O2 Touch website



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