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Community Game Update - 14 October
Welcome to the fourth Rugby World Cup edition of the Community Game Update, which we hope you find of interest. Please feel free to send any feedback, queries or content that you’d like featured to Vee Montebello, RFU Senior Communications Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Our communications to you are based on the data that is held in the Game Management System (GMS) so please check the information held is up to date and active.

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Message from Eddie Jones
With England’s Pool C match having been called off due to Typhoon Hagibis, England now face Australia in Oita in the quarter-finals on Saturday 19 October (KO 8:15am BST, live on ITV) having finished top of the pool.

Eddie Jones:

“The Japanese have a saying ‘Shouganai’ – we can’t control it. Although we all like to think we’ve got power above and beyond what’s going on in the world, we don’t. These things happen and you just ride with it.

So, after a three-day camp in Miyazaki we are in Oita to prepare for the quarter-final.

This is a wonderful Rugby World Cup and we are all excited. We have been given an opportunity. Who would have thought we’d have two relatively easy games, one tough game and then two weeks to prepare for a quarter-final.

We do really feel for the thousands of England fans in Tokyo for the game because it would have been a special occasion. We are lucky to have such great supporters and I’m sure they, and all our fans back home, are all very disappointed.”
   
 
 
Rise and Shine
Great activities continue to take place nationwide. These include the event held for students from five schools at Stourbridge RFC to coincide with the England v USA game.

In addition, this week’s featured photo was taken at the third annual RAF Girls Festival of Rugby which was held on 6th October at RAF Halton, and celebrates the RAFRU centenary year. More than 1,000 U13s, U15s and U18s girls from local rugby clubs enjoyed a fantastic event supported by the RAF Rugby Union Women’s team.

We continue to post loads of interesting posts on England Rugby’s social media channels and it’s great that the nation continue to be behind the squad. #CarryThemHome

 
 
National Rugby Survey
The National Rugby Survey is open until the end of October. We’ve already had a positive response, with match officials, current adult players and club officials being the most proactive.

So far, respondents have ranked a sociable and friendly atmosphere after the game as the number one factor in creating an enjoyable rugby experience, do you agree?

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RFU Leadership Academy for future Leaders
This National Leadership Academy is a unique opportunity for leaders and future leaders of the women’s and girls’ game to come together through a leadership and management programme driving the game forwards. Commencing in November, the course takes place through webinars and conference calls and includes a two-day residential workshop on 15-16 February 2020. Please see further details here.

Candidates can apply for a heavily subsided place by sending the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sunday 3 November 2019: a) their CV (including work, rugby & life experiences, b) a 500 word statement on why they should be selected. Please note: candidates will be required to make a £100 inclusive of VAT contribution to the course.

For further details about the programme please contact Alex Thompson, Club Services Manager on 07894 489756 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
   
 
 
Nominate for BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Clubs need to act quickly if they want to enter rugby volunteers for this prestigious BBC award. Entries close on Sunday 20 October 2019. Click below to find out more.
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Grantfinder
Looking to boost funds? You can find the Grantfinder online tool below, which is a free to use search facility allowing you to search through the thousands of grants and loans that could help your club.
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AGP means rain doesn’t stop play
With autumn’s adverse weather conditions, you could avoid cancellations if you plan events on one of our 26 AGPs nationwide. Currently, for a nominal fee of £1 clubs or groups of players can book a slot for a full pitch, at any time of day, on any AGP up to Saturday 9 November 2019. Simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain a code. This offer is subject to T&Cs and availability.
   
 
 
Upcoming England & Twickenham fixtures
October:
19 – Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals – England v Australia (8.15am)

November:
09 - England Women v France Women (Stade Marcel Michelin) (1pm)
16 – Quilter Internationals 2019 - England Women v France Women (Sandy Park, Exeter) (1.10pm)
16 – Killik Cup 2019 - Barbarians v Fiji (Twickenham Stadium) (2.30pm)
23 – Quilter Internationals 2019 - England Women v Italy Women (Goldington Road, Bedford Blues) (3pm)

December:
12 - Varsity Match – Oxford v Cambridge
Women's match (11:30am)
Men's match (3pm)

If you are interested in attending any of the Red Roses’ Quilter Internationals, the Killik Cup or the Varsity match, please click below to purchase.
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