Wed 14 Jul 2021 10:36

THE AGE GRADE SUMMER ACTIVITY FRAMEWORK REMAINS IN PLACE FOR THE JUNE TO AUGUST OFF-SEASON PERIOD.

After the disruptions of the pandemic, this enables players to continue to re-engage with rugby throughout the summer months if they wish, and to safely build their readiness to play full contact rugby from Saturday 4 September.

To support this, the Summer Activity Framework already includes provision for friendly matches to be played under adapted contact laws during August. These can start from 7 August, following a period of development in training sessions from Monday 19 July.

This enables scrums and mauls to be reintroduced in a controlled way in friendlies and helps players who have not yet played them, particularly at U14-U16, the chance to experience these key elements of full contact rugby.

More detailed communication will follow on adapted contact laws for Age Grade friendlies.

Monday 19 July
From Monday 19 July, scrum and maul progressions can be included in the defined training times shown in the framework.
XRugby can continue to be played through the rest of July in friendlies (without scrum or mauls).

Saturday 7 August – Saturday 4 September
Adapted contact laws may begin in Age Grade friendlies from Saturday 7 August.
XRugby and non-contact can also continue in friendly matches.

Saturday 4 September
Full contact 15-a-side matches permitted.

 

KEY PRIORITIES FOR CLUBS AND COACHES – INCLUDING SCRUM GUIDANCE

Among the excitement of being allowed to scrum and maul again, we want to make sure that all players return safely.

Coaches are responsible for working with all players to assess and develop their physical readiness.

This is especially true for front 5 players given the period of time the game has been operating without scrum and maul.

Returning to scrummaging

Return to scrummaging should be introduced incrementally with the initial emphasis on individual scrum specific conditioning and technique work.

When players are ready, they can move to 1 v 1 building to 5 v 5 before finally practising 8 v 8 in a controlled environment.

We recommend keeping the number of match intensity scrums to a minimum. Instead the focus should be on individual and unit body position/posture and building time in players respective positions.

For coaches looking for hints and tips we have a three stage Return to Scrummaging guide available:

1. Crouch
2. Bind
3. Set

As part of the ongoing support to getting players back to rugby safely, we have the following webinars that we hope match officials, coaches, players and club officials will find useful.

#SCRUMTOGETHER

Scrum Together – Episode 1
Scrum Together – Episode 2

Mauling - Players will also need to be reintroduced to mauling incrementally. The focus should be on individual body technique first before ‘live’ mauling is introduced.

Activate - All Age Grade players are encouraged to follow the Activate Injury prevention exercise programme here with coaching sessions planned and delivered around the FITT principles (Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type) here.

Safeguarding - Ahead of pre-season training and the new season starting, clubs must have safeguarding procedures in place. More information is available here.

Click here for the RFU Safeguarding Children policy.

If you have any questions, or if you need any safeguarding advice or support, please contact us by emailing safeguarding@rfu.com.

Insurance - Will be in place as long as clubs and coaches follow RFU guidelines and government guidelines. Please be aware that you may not be covered if you begin full contact rugby before the dates specified above, or do not follow the guidelines communicated.

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