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Local and National Provision for Rugby Union AS PE Coursework Ryan Bebbington Local and National Provision for Rugby Union Introduction Rugby Union is fast developing into one of the most popular sports in the country. The mass influx of foreign players into the Guinness Premiership shows this. However, we must still concentrate on nurturing young English talent. Here I Intend to explore how one works their way from Sunday league to donning the white shirt. Grassroot Development Grassroots rugby consists of teams often run by parents of players who play locally during weekends. The Canterbury district is full of many local clubs (see appendix 1) operating at all age groups from minis rugby - at under 7s level - right the way through to adult level. Not only that but at a younger ages the game is stripped down to make playing and developing much easier. Rugby Sevens, and in some cases maybe Fives, and Tag Rugby are becoming increasing popular within schools and local clubs as a means of encouraging youngsters to enter into the world of rugby. ...read more.


Provision for/Pathways for Elite Performers How does a player go from the club local rugby to the top flight? In Kent, if you play for a local side you have the opportunity to then play and represent your club at county level. Here is where the Elite Player Development Group and the Schools of Rugby body come into play. The EPDG runs in three levels: 13-16, 15-18 and 16-21 years. In order to join academies run by top flight clubs players must undergo assessments from the SOR or the RFU academies. If you are the lucky enough to make it through these academies you find yourself on the squad list of a top club - such is the case for Wasps stand-off Danny Cipriani. As this youthful stage players are likely to play for the England Saxons or Under 20s along with their club before stepping up to the national side to take part in competitions like the World Cup. It is incredibly hard work to make the transfer to the elite stages with lots of time and effort required. ...read more.


The sport is a mixed sport and it follows similar rules to rugby. In the UK there is a quad rugby national side and some clubs play the sport (see appendix 3). This only offers rugby to those in wheelchairs but there are other disabilities that mean you are permanently excluded from rugby. This is one of the issues that need to be addressed to make the sport available for everyone. Quad rugby is funded by a private charity and is a sport that is featured across the globe but the current state of affairs permanently excludes certain players who may have the ability to represent their country. Critical Analysis So, in conclusion the provision for rugby is hardly perfect. Making your way to the top is a very long, difficult and at times flawed process but increased scouting across the country may solve it. In terms of provision for so called target groups more needs to be done in order to encourage them to play rugby like more clubs. Maybe the new RFU schemes will make the difference. ...read more.

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