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North Premier / Re: congratulations to york
« on: Yesterday at 02:27:51 PM »
Large majority of clubs there are not Yorkshire ones.....

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North Premier / Re: congratulations to york
« on: April 06, 2020, 07:56:05 PM »
With promotion comes.....another audience. Bye and good luck.

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North One / MOVED: congratulations to york
« on: April 06, 2020, 12:40:01 PM »

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North Premier / Re: congratulations to york
« on: April 05, 2020, 01:01:30 PM »
Maybe you could now breathe some life into the one section of the forum that is in desperate need of it!

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North One / Re: What happens if the Season finishes early?
« on: April 03, 2020, 09:52:54 AM »
At least there will now be many long months available for the multiple appeal processes to take place.

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North One / Re: What happens if the Season finishes early?
« on: April 01, 2020, 08:01:29 PM »
And Pundits League will be null and void too 😂

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North One / Re: What happens if the Season finishes early?
« on: March 30, 2020, 03:39:07 PM »
Not sure fixtures secretaries will thank you for points 2-4 !

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North One / Re: Staying in touch....how is everyone doing?
« on: March 27, 2020, 08:33:23 AM »
All's as well as can be in Whitby.

With a wife and one daughter being - for different reasons - in the high risk bracket, I watched with dismay and incredulity last weekend the number of people flooding into the town as if nothing was happening. The community quickly gave a message to the takeaway outlets involved that what they were doing was unacceptable, and they just as quickly closed up. The more enterprising ones now offer a home delivery service. Let's see what this weekend brings!

Times like these bring out the best and worst of human behaviour. We should concentrate on the best and thank not just the NHS but all the essential workers and delivery people keeping us going.

My summer sport is coastal rowing, which was due to start on Monday. It's a heritage sport that in recent years has been struggling to survive, and I just hope the cancelled season ahead isn't going to prove fatal.

Plenty of loo rolls in our Sainsburys this week, but still no beer. Priorities all wrong!

Blue skies folks.

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North One / Re: What happens if the Season finishes early?
« on: March 20, 2020, 01:01:45 PM »


  Update on the 2019/20 season
RU
Rugby Football Union <noreply@emails.rfumail.com>
Thu 19/03/2020 22:33

 


    

Message from RFU Chief Executive Bill Sweeney

My thoughts and those of all of us at the RFU are with everyone impacted by COVID-19 as well as recent flooding events, both across the country at large but also within our own rugby union community.

In order to provide clarity and to assist with immediate and longer term planning, the RFU is today announcing the end of the 2019/20 rugby season for all league, cup and county rugby in England. The only exception to this is the Gallagher Premiership, who we are in active discussions with to review possible best next steps.

When current government advice on social distancing measures changes, we will naturally encourage rugby training and friendlies to recommence.

I would like to personally thank everyone for their swift actions in suspending rugby activity, this is not an easy time and I know many of you will have concerns that go beyond the game.

We are working through the implications of ending the season early and have instigated a thorough process to ensure fair and balanced outcomes for the game. We will communicate these outcomes by the middle of April. While we would like to provide all the answers now, we need some time to get it right for the best interests of the game. Rest assured we are working on this as a priority and we will continue to send weekly updates to clubs.

The three areas of focus for the RFU right now are Welfare, Implications and Reboot.

Welfare

We are ensuring colleagues and communities are given support to follow government advice and are providing recommendations on how to stay fit and healthy using individual training programmes. We are also talking to government about how we can deploy and mobilise our own resources across England to support the vulnerable.

Implications

Every union is different, with unique structures and challenges and the RFU needs to manage its own particular complexities. Our business model is similar to most rugby clubs - we earn revenue from events on and off the field and we invest that back into the game. We benefit from strong Twickenham Stadium revenues but we are also exposed if there is widespread cancellation of games and events.

In this extraordinary situation we are working through a range of potential financial scenarios dependent mainly on the length of this crisis. This was already budgeted to be a loss making year within a 4 year cycle due to the costs of the 2019 RWC campaign and only hosting two home Six Nations games. The loss will now be considerably more as we face challenges similar to businesses across the entire country. There may well also be much longer term financial implications which we are assessing now. It is therefore taking us some time to develop a considered position on how we can support clubs and the rugby community, which we will do.

We have already undertaken financial measures to safeguard the business enabling us to review all options and programmes to provide support for clubs in these difficult times.

We welcome the measures announced by Government which could provide crucial support to professional and community clubs and the RFU. We are in regular contact with Sport England and The Sport and Recreation Alliance to understand how business rate relief and hardship funds can be accessed by clubs and will be providing assistance to make sure every club who is eligible will be supported.

My thoughts and those of all of us at the RFU are with everyone impacted by COVID-19 as well as recent flooding events, both across the country at large but also within our own rugby union community.

In order to provide clarity and to assist with immediate and longer term planning, the RFU is today announcing the end of the 2019/20 rugby season for all league, cup and county rugby in England. The only exception to this is the Gallagher Premiership, who we are in active discussions with to review possible best next steps.

When current government advice on social distancing measures changes, we will naturally encourage rugby training and friendlies to recommence.

I would like to personally thank everyone for their swift actions in suspending rugby activity, this is not an easy time and I know many of you will have concerns that go beyond the game.

We are working through the implications of ending the season early and have instigated a thorough process to ensure fair and balanced outcomes for the game. We will communicate these outcomes by the middle of April. While we would like to provide all the answers now, we need some time to get it right for the best interests of the game. Rest assured we are working on this as a priority and we will continue to send weekly updates to clubs.

The three areas of focus for the RFU right now are Welfare, Implications and Reboot.

Welfare

We are ensuring colleagues and communities are given support to follow government advice and are providing recommendations on how to stay fit and healthy using individual training programmes. We are also talking to government about how we can deploy and mobilise our own resources across England to support the vulnerable.

Implications

Every union is different, with unique structures and challenges and the RFU needs to manage its own particular complexities. Our business model is similar to most rugby clubs - we earn revenue from events on and off the field and we invest that back into the game. We benefit from strong Twickenham Stadium revenues but we are also exposed if there is widespread cancellation of games and events.

In this extraordinary situation we are working through a range of potential financial scenarios dependent mainly on the length of this crisis. This was already budgeted to be a loss making year within a 4 year cycle due to the costs of the 2019 RWC campaign and only hosting two home Six Nations games. The loss will now be considerably more as we face challenges similar to businesses across the entire country. There may well also be much longer term financial implications which we are assessing now. It is therefore taking us some time to develop a considered position on how we can support clubs and the rugby community, which we will do.

We have already undertaken financial measures to safeguard the business enabling us to review all options and programmes to provide support for clubs in these difficult times.

We welcome the measures announced by Government which could provide crucial support to professional and community clubs and the RFU. We are in regular contact with Sport England and The Sport and Recreation Alliance to understand how business rate relief and hardship funds can be accessed by clubs and will be providing assistance to make sure every club who is eligible will be supported.

The implications for all areas of rugby will be thoroughly worked through and solutions discussed and developed with the clubs.

Reboot

Our welfare advice before the start of next season will switch to offering guidance on how players at all levels can reboot and get match ready.

We will work closely with constituent bodies to support clubs, competition organisers and the wider rugby community in preparing to re-start rugby in what is likely to be a challenging environment.

In recent days we have all been inspired by the many stories across the rugby family working together to support those who are the most vulnerable in their community – this encapsulates the unique spirit of rugby. I am confident that this spirit and resilience during these tough times will ensure we will come through this together and emerge stronger.

Take care and stay safe,

Bill Sweeney


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North One / Re: Pundits' League: Week 23 virus free predictions
« on: March 17, 2020, 12:30:25 PM »
If anybody wants to, please feel free, but tbh I can't get the enthusiasm to do it.

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North One / Re: Pundits' League: Week 23 virus free predictions
« on: March 17, 2020, 07:16:37 AM »
Now cancelled.

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North One / Re: PUNDITS' LEAGUE: WEEK 22
« on: March 17, 2020, 07:16:03 AM »
With the season suspended and little prospect of it being resumed thereafter, this year's league is hereby declared over.
Congratulations to DAA for another triumphant campaign.
Good luck and goodbye folks.

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North One / Pundits' League: Week 23 virus free predictions
« on: March 15, 2020, 07:42:58 AM »
These may never happen, but here goes.

Driff v YM
Durham v Town
Kend v B&B
Malt v Cleck
Morl v PP
Pock v Scabs
Jugg+7 v West

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North One / PUNDITS' LEAGUE: WEEK 22
« on: March 15, 2020, 07:39:36 AM »
DAA   202
Pony   201
pork   194
stella   188
picco   187
Ribex   184
View / Travel   182
old7 / omigvirus  181
O&S / Upfront  180
slio   179
malty  Ubique  178
th123   175
W81   173
North / BRB   172
bind*   171
Maraud   170
Buzz*   161
dontry   154

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North One / Re: What happens if the Season finishes early?
« on: March 14, 2020, 05:08:49 PM »
Eastern Counties taking a stance....

"Please read the following statement sent to us from Eastern Counties RFU in regards to Youth and Mini rugby on Sunday 15th March.

“Coronavirus Update: Youth Rugby on Sunday 15 March - Eastern Counties Under 13s Festivals Cancelled; County Cup finals may continue
While there has been no update to the guidance from the Government or from the RFU, Eastern Counties have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the under 13 festivals that were due to take place on Sunday 15 March. It has become clear that there was significant anxiety among the rugby community about the gathering of large numbers of players, coaches and spectators in venues across the region and that it was not appropriate for those events to continue.

There are a number of club youth fixtures and county cup finals scheduled for Sunday 15 March and these can continue provided both clubs are happy that they should proceed. Should either club wish to postpone the match then they may do so without penalty.

Clubs with mini rugby festival scheduled will advise participants about any changes to their plans directly.

At this stage it is not possible to advise when or whether any postponed events or matches might take place.

Clubs are advised to take all sensible necessary to maintain hygiene for their members and visitors and make such changes to their normal practice as might be necessary.

Eastern Counties understands that clubs, players and parents are being asked to make decisions in times of great uncertainty and will support all clubs and individuals in whatever decision they make within the bounds of the guidance available. All individuals should feel able to take their own decisions based on their personal circumstances.

This advice will be updated as and when further information becomes available.”

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