Following a vote of the RFU Council on 4 June to accept the recommendations of the Adult Competitions Review by a significant majority, Wharton Consulting has been engaged to continue our work on the review by pursuing the implementation of two key recommendations.

The first of these is the drafting of a Sevens strategy for the game, bringing together the different strands which are currently active at senior England level, at club and recreational level, and within universities, colleges and schools, across both men’s and women’s rugby. The objective is to create a unified and cohesive RFU-wide approach, defining the pathway into the England squad while at the same time giving purpose and shape to other sectors of competition.

The second is in partnership with the Students Rugby Football Union, to explore the feasibility of developing a new competition structure which offers the best student teams the intensity that they desire, as a valid alternative to university clubs aspiring to inclusion within the RFU leagues.

Neil Tunnicliffe has been working with the RFU in support of the Adult Competition Review since autumn 2011, leading the research programme which underpins its recommendations and authoring the review report on behalf of a Steering Group comprising representatives of the RFU Council, executive and club game, as well as independents from Sport England and England Hockey.


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