At its meeting today, the RFU Council voted to overturn its original decision to implement the Adult Competition Review recommendations concerning adult 1st XV rugby. This follows further extensive consultation with all parties, which included an independent survey from a leading UK market research company Ipsos MORI. Responses were sought from players, club officials and clubs as a whole to give the broadest cross-section of views possible.
“Council’s decision to suspend implementation of the recommendations for adult 1st XV and cup rugby was not taken lightly but was the result of careful consideration and feedback from people across the game,” said RFU Chairman Bill Beaumont. “A great deal of meaningful debate and in-depth consultation has continued throughout this review process and some very useful insights have been gained which we will use in our ongoing work to grow rugby nationwide.
“I would like to personally thank everyone who has contributed and I look forward to a healthy future for our great game.”
While the status quo remains for now for adult 1st XV rugby, recommendations concerning 2nd and lower XV rugby, student competitions, sevens and touch will be implemented in accordance with the previously agreed timetable.
The Community Game Board will continue to work closely, through its Competitions Development sub-committee and local Divisional Organising Committees, to give the players the varied diet of rugby they seek, whilst recognising the need for attractive home fixtures to maintain club revenues.