Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Bath Rugby DPP Nominations Open

Dear All,

We are pleased to confirm that the nomination process for U13s for the Bath Rugby Developing Player Programme is now open to all clubs and schools in our region.

The guidance document attached contains two important pieces of information.

1)         The timescales that are in place for the nomination and selection process for U13s for this season.

2)         Information on the various attributes that as coaches and teachers will need to be considered before making nominations.



There is a strict limit of three nominations per club or school at this stage.

On any occasion where more nominations are made than the three-player limit, they will unfortunately have to be referred back to the nominee (or relevant club/school) to begin the process again, to ensure only the most appropriate three players are nominated.

The information sheet [below] on attributes to assess should help to provide a platform to discuss potential nominations and make some comparisons between players before a final group are decided upon.

Any questions that you may have about the process should be directed to bathrugbydpp@bathrugby.com.  Any enquiries sent to personal accounts of staff at Bath Rugby will not be able to be dealt with unfortunately.

As per the information on the attached guidance, all nominations must be made via. the link: - https://bathrugby.typeform.com/to/RGkwju

Thank you for taking the time to discuss the players in your clubs and schools and, by making a nomination, providing them the chance to join the initial stage of the player pathway with Bath Rugby.

Best Wishes 
Andy Rock




Sunday, 4 December 2016

Dorset & Wilts Vase Final




Swindon College Old Boys 20 v 12 Weymouth & Portland
The Seasiders’ youngsters found themselves up against the unbeaten Berks.Bucks. & Oxon. Premier League leaders at Warminster Rugby Club on 3 December, 2016 and despite a heroic effort against a side of seasoned players they went down by just 8 points in a contest with a scoreline that just about reflects the game as a whole.

The Wiltshire outfit took the initiative and pressured the Seasiders inside their own half, but Weymouth's committed defence ensured that it took fully 22 minutes before SCOBs opened their account with a try in the corner.  Four minutes later the Old Boys added 3 points with penalty kick in front of the Seasiders posts.


With half time beckoning Weymouth & Portland were awarded a penalty 20 meters shy of the Old Boys try line.  Flanker Shaun Murphy switched on first took a tap kick then raced in for a touchdown while others just looked on.  When the referee blew to bring the first half to an end and the score at 5 points to 8 in the Wiltshire team's favour the result was far from decided.

The first 15 minutes of the second period decided which county the Vase would reside in for the next 12 months.  Weymouth & Portland dropped their guard and conceded 2 tries in quick succession, the second converted to take the Old Boy’s tally to 20 points.  With the Seasiders' inspirational skipper, Ryan Lewendon, now on the sideline after receiving 2 blows to the head, most teams would have thrown in the towel.  However Weymouth & Portland raised their game and Lewendon’s replacement, Jonny Young, intercepted an Old Boy’s pass and sprinted in for a touchdown beneath the Wiltshire team’s posts, with Bryn Llewellyn stroking over the conversion to add the extras.  As the game drew to its close it was the Old Boys' experience that allowed them monopolise possession and run down the clock until the referee blew to bring the proceedings to an end.


The Seasiders’ head coach, Paul Harding said: “The lads grew up today they came up against a more physical side of experienced premier league players, but I take my hat off to our lads.  Their scrummaging was sensational; we were driving the Old Boys off their own ball and I don’t think they were used to that.  In the end the stronger team won, but the Weymouth & Portland club can be proud of their players - they all put their bodies on the line here this afternoon”.

Idris Martin - for the full set of images, go to: https://idrismartin.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/dorset-wilts-vase-final/


Monday, 28 November 2016

A Timely Reminder

In order to continue to provide a safe and positive environment for children, ALL CLUB SAFEGUARDING OFFICERS AND ALL CLUB COMMITTEE MEMBERS MUST READ AND BE FAMILIAR WITH REGULATION 21 (SAFEGUARDING) AND RFU SAFEGUARDING POLICY.  Anyone involved in rugby union must report safeguarding concerns to the RFU Safeguarding Team.

The RFU’s Safeguarding Policy, Toolkit and RFU Regulation 21 sets out our requirements and aims to assist clubs in ensuring that the welfare of children remains of paramount importance.  We also offer clubs an effective safeguarding training programme for all members of the game.  We would strongly recommend that anyone involved in rugby (specifically those within the under the age 18 game) attend.  You will find further information on our training on the England Rugby website.

We have previously communicated to the game our requirements in managing Safeguarding concerns/incidents and the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) applications.  In order to ensure you are familiar with our requirements, please see the following information -

Safeguarding Children

The RFU believes that the wellbeing of children involved in rugby is of paramount importance and has jurisdiction to deal with any allegation of abuse of a child, any breach of the Safeguarding Policy and or any breach of Regulation 21.

Concerns must be dealt with in accordance with the RFU Policy and Regulations to assess the most appropriate manner of dealing with them.  Some incidents may need referral to Statutory Agencies, such as police or children’s services, while if the child is not in immediate danger the RFU Safeguarding Team will take action.  However, even apparently low-level concerns may require the RFU to seek initial advice from Statutory Agencies.

It is essential to refer concerns to the RFU at the earliest opportunity to ensure that children are kept safe.  Concerns may then be delegated back to a club or CB to manage.

It is vitally important that no investigation is carried out by the club, other than gathering information prior to informing the RFU.  This is so as not to jeopardise any police investigation or criminal proceedings and also to preserve evidence.  This is especially relevant when dealing with cases involving inappropriate use of the internet and social media.

When referring matters to the RFU Safeguarding Team please use the incident report form which can be found here:



Disclosure and Barring Service - DBS

The DBS process is a crucial part of an effective recruitment process.  Any club operating rugby for those under the age of 18 is deemed a children’s service provider, which means that certain legislation and commitments must be adhered to.

RFU Regulation 21.2 describes the requirements of the RFU DBS process, further information is provided in the RFU Safeguarding Policy of the requirements within a rugby setting.

One significant aspect of providing a children’s service is ensuring that a thorough recruitment process is followed, including interviewing potential volunteers, seeking references, checking qualifications are valid, on-going monitoring and carrying out DBS checks via the RFU.

All DBS applications must be obtained through the RFU Safeguarding Department and DBS disclosures issued through other Registered Bodies are not accepted.

The DBS issue a certificate for ALL DBS applications - therefore, simply having a DBS certificate does not mean applicants have been approved by the RFU.  The certificate is sent directly from the DBS to the applicant’s home address and the RFU does not receive a copy of the DBS disclosure.  All applications and results are, however, actively monitored by the RFU Safeguarding Team.  

Only when an individual appears on GMS with a “current” DBS status are they deemed “approved/cleared” to work unsupervised with U18s, so it is crucial that clubs monitor GMS, have an up-to-date Child Workforce list and manage those engaged in the youth game.

If a DBS returns containing information, the RFU will instigate the DBS Case Management Process and failure to comply with this process will result in the individual being removed from coaching U18s.

On occasion, the RFU will contact a club requesting a reference for an individual.  It is imperative that written communication is supplied upon request so that the RFU can carry out a thorough risk assessment when managing a DBS disclosure.

Applicants (and clubs where necessary) will be informed of the outcome of the DBS Case Management Process in writing.  Additionally the GMS site will be updated to reflect a Current or Rejected DBS status.

Only when a “current” status appears against an individual on GMS are they deemed “DBS cleared” by the RFU.

RFU Safeguarding Team
Rugby House, Twickenham


Friday, 25 November 2016

Women's County Development Training

The new women's CB programme gets underway this year with two evening development training sessions led by Head coach, Brett Bader, and assistant coaches, Richard Parry and Gordon Horsley. These sessions are open to anyone who wants to come whether it's with the intention of playing CB rugby this year or for players who just want to develop their rugby skills. The times and venues are shown below and all you need to do is come along with your regular training gear. We've deliberately put one in Dorset and one in Wilts but you are quite welcome to come to both if you want to!

Wednesday 30th November. Swanage and Wareham RFC. 6.0-9.00 pm
Wednesday 7th December. Devizes RFC 6.30-9.00 pm

Hope to see you there.

Hannah Coope.  

Women's Team Manager

Saturday, 12 November 2016

RESULTS


Dorset & Wilts Cup Final.

Trowbridge 20 pts.v Swanage & Wareham 25.

Dorset & Wilts Shield Final.

Westbury 3 pts v Calne 17.


Dorset & Wilts Vase Semi Finals.

East Dorset 11 pts v Weymouth & Portland 19.


Bradford on Avon 3 pts v Swindon College Old Boys 29.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Postcards from the Edge : Governance


The Chair of Governance has sent the following note -

This morning David Dove drove me to visit Sherborne RFC. Their U16s were playing Bridport U16s. We had not announced our visit.  Sherborne Chairman, Mike Trew, was there and we were able to chat about days gone by and modern developments.

The crowd was small but well behaved, exhorting their teams, but it was all bonhomie.  I had feared the worst; and it struck me that we are receiving all the bad reports, not realising that lots of good clubs are doing good things.

The game was well balanced – Sherborne winning 17 – 10 or thereabouts.  But it was refereed by the Sherborne coach – surely there would be criticism from the Bridport coaching team and their touch-line supporters. Not a peep: shouts of encouragement but no abuse.

Dave and I were delighted by the situation. The pace was frenetic, the tackling  awesome, the scrums passable, the line-outs need practice and the passing - interesting.

At the end, the two teams were good-humoured, congratulating each other: their coaches gathered their broods after the final whistle and talked to them and even ran through play at breakdowns.

We talked to the Coaches and congratulated them on the game and overall behaviour.  They seemed quite surprised that we should be there and thanked us for our ‘feedback’.  It was heartening.

Dorset u20s 12 vs. 6 RAF u23s

The Twin Counties youngsters came up against a physically stronger RAF XV but raised their game and emerged deserved victors in this pre-RFU County Championship warm-up game.

For the second week in succession they found themselves up against players older by couple of years.  However they did not allow themselves to be intimidated and put down an early marker, when the forwards drove over the visitors' try line, with Swindon number 8 Maleli Naiova  getting the final touchdown.  The try was converted by Royal Wootton Bassett fly half Connor Tomley, putting Dorset & Wilts into a 7 points to nil lead.

The visitors struck back and punished the Counties' indiscretions with two penalty goals, to make the score Dorset & Wilts 7 points to the RAF 6 at the break.



After the turn round both teams had chances to add to their points tallies, but strong defence from both sides ensured their was no further scoring until the 75th minute of the contest.  Moments earlier a RAF back had been banished to the sin bin for speaking out of turn to the referee.  Now a man down and defending their own line, the RAF were on the ropes.  The Counties won the ball deep inside the visitors' territory and moved possession wide to Wimborne left wing Max Clarke, who out paced the covering defenders and touched down in the corner to seal the victory.  The game restarted only for the Dorset & Wilts to kick ball into touch to call an end to the proceedings.

For a copy of the match report with the full photo gallery click on the link.