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Playing Rugby Union at Unit Level

  1. Playing rugby for a Regimental/ Battalion club with friends and colleagues is a satisfying experience which, for many, lasts a lifetime. The most effective club is the one that is best administered. The work involved takes time and effort, probably from many volunteers. All those concerned should make themselves fully acquainted with this Handbook and understand where to find information in RFU publications.
  2. The standards you set reflect directly upon the unit itself and upon Army rugby when dealing with RFU or civilian Constituent Bodies or Clubs. The Officer IC Rugby is responsible to the Commanding Officer for the constitution of the club standards of play, administration and discipline of players and spectators both during a match and at other rugby gatherings. He in return will depend on the Club Secretary for accurate and timely administration.
  3. From the outset, it is important for you to know what sort of club your unit wants, where your emphasis should lie – victory in the Army Cup, a social XV, or a blend of the two. This will temper ambition and particularly finance.
  4. Within this Handbook it is not possible to cover all aspects of Club Management, nor can we cover any single subject in depth. An ‘Aide Memoire’ for those committed to Unit rugby is posted on the ARU web-site (www.armyrugbyunion.org.uk). To gain a deeper understanding, those involved in Club administration should visit the ARU website and look under the administration section, the RFU web-sites also provides a raft of useful information
  5. The first, most important task of a Rugby Officer is to ensure that the Unit’s teams have the mandatory insurance by affiliating to the Army Rugby Union and RFU, and comply with the Army FRAGO 01 to OPO 14-002 – The Army’s approach to risk to life – Sport and Adventurous training dated 3 Sept 14.
  6. TEAMS CANNOT TRAIN OR PLAY RUGBY WITHOUT INSURANCE COVER

  7. It is important to note that full RFU Insurance cover for death and total permanent disability is only open to teams that have affiliated to the RFU/ARU. Once affiliated, clubs are covered for all teams ie: 2nds/3rds Women’s XV and all other occasional teams such as seven’s inter mess or Coy/Bty/Sqn.
  8. If you train or play uninsured you risk: a civil action for culpable negligence in the event a player is seriously injured or dies. Additionally, you cannot use Army training facilities or pitches, nor will you be able to obtain match officials through ARU Referees Society or any other agency.
  9. If you are organizing a leisure rugby event at your club/unit, you must inform the Secretary ARU to ensure the correct insurance cover is in place, this is done at nil cost to the club/unit.
  10. 9. All clubs are reminded that it is the duty of the organizing officer to insure that a risk assessment is carried out and recorded prior to all rugby events in compliance with the Army Duty Holding FRAGO and found on the Health and Safety page of the website
  11. If you have any doubts regarding insurance or other health and safety or any other issue, please contact the ARU secretariat 01252 787081 or 94222 7081.

Unit Rugby Officers have an important role to play in Community Rugby and therefore should be familiar with:

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