RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION

MIDLANDS DIVISION ORGANISING COMMITTEE

The Midlands Division incorporates the following Rugby Football Unions:

East Midlands, Leicestershire, North Midlands, NLD, Staffordshire and Warwickshire

IMPORTANT NOTICES

Rugby Union in Season 2020-2021 – Midlands Division

These are not normal times with the coronavirus still in ciculation and the RFU and the Midlands Division Organising Committee still unsure as to when and if the 2020-2021 season will commence. The MDOC will publish updates and information on this site as soon as they become available.

The make up of the leagues, conferences, fixtures and structured season for 2020-2021 are now published on this site.

The playing of the League programme, partly or fully, via the three Windows of opportunity in sequence, will be the priority and therefore the RFU KO Competitions are likely to be postponed, especially if there is a delay to the start of the season.

As soon as the MDOC is aware of the arrangements made by the RFU to start up the Community game again we will make further announcements.

Keep checking this space for further information.

The latest RFU & MDOC communication (11-12-20) regarding 'Return to Play' arrangements for 2021 is available to read and print off.
Click on the green button below.

Communication to the Game on 22-12-20

In light of the Government’s announcement over the weekend of new restrictions on travel and participation in adult grass roots sport for many areas, the publication of the Cluster fixtures planned for today, Tuesday 22nd December, will be held over until early in the New Year.

This pause will allow the Adult Competition Management Sub Committee to take on board the very latest Government guidance, which is due on Wednesday 30th December, before finalising the fixture schedule.

We are keen for rugby communities who wish to play to have this opportunity and hope it will still be possible for clubs in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 to commence Cluster Competitions as planned on the weekend of 22nd/23rd/24th January. However, we will need to take Government guidance following their review.

Our next communication will be in the Community Game Update on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

Teams in Tiers 1, 2 and 3, may still organise local friendlies ahead of the Cluster fixtures being confirmed, as long as they are within Tier & Area parameters, follow Stage E law adaptations and adhere to RFU and Government Covid-19 guidance.

For the avoidance of doubt, adult community rugby is not permitted in Tier 4 areas. The Government’s Tier 4 guidance states organised outdoor sport for under-18s and disabled people will be allowed. The Government’s guidelines on travel between tiers should be adhered to. Players cannot move in or out of Tier 4 to train or play.

A number of queries have been received about whether CBs can and should be cancelling rugby activity. If the rugby activity is organised by the CBs (such as a county representative programme), the decision as to whether such activity should continue or not rests with the CB. This is in the same way that any organisers of rugby activity can decide at their own discretion whether or not activity should go ahead, provided that such activity remains permitted by the RFU and the Government.

However, for rugby activity which is not organised by the CB, clubs and players can continue to participate in such rugby activity provided it has not been cancelled or postponed by the RFU and/or the Government.

Kind Regards,

Simon Cruise.

RFU Competitions Department.


Latest RFU Communication January 5th 2021.

COMMUNITY RUGBY ACTIVITY SUSPENDED - Read more - https://www.englandrugby.com/news/article/community-rugby-activity-suspended

RFU Cluster Fixtures Cancellation

Dear all,

Due to the additional restrictions announced yesterday to combat the spread of Covid-19, the RFU has regretfully decided to cancel both the adult male & female Cluster Fixtures (for teams that play in RFU Leagues).

The focus will now switch to the following:

  • Facilitating fixtures through local organising committees and/or CBs, as and when conditions allow a return to playing rugby, which could extend into the summer months.

  • Ensuring any extension does not encroach on the 2021/2022 season start date.

Any further announcements will be made following the next Government review when we know what rugby activity is permitted. In the meantime, your local organising committee and/or CB will be in touch with specific information for your region.

Kind Regards,

Simon Cruise

RFU Competitions Department.

WANTED

The MDOC is seeking volunteers from the rugby community to become league secretaries/standby league secretaries, to help in the administration of the ECRUC leagues in the Midlands Division.

Please contact Roger Rees, MDOC Secretary, to express your interest and obtain further information on what the position entails.

e-mail: rogerwrees@sky.com or telephone: 01789 400082.

Midlands Rugby Results Service

The Midlands Rugby Results Service is now available on 0121 663 6631 (5:30 pm Saturday deadline for results but still available after that time).

All RFU League and RFU KO Competition results should now use the above number if telephoning in the result. Club administrators can also text results to 07797 800102 if they are unable to update the GMS and match card before the 5:30 pm deadline on a Saturday.

For further details regarding the National Registrar please see the MDAI pages and the last page of the Contacts list on this site.