KYBO! News: World Cup inspires a return to rugby

The RWC 2019 inspired older players to return to rugby or get back involved in the game. This is fantastic news and whilst ‘old’ is a word some may not like, our game is well-recognised as a sport that encourages former players to give something back to the game they love. Let’s keep it up!

This was the motivation for Keep Your Boots On! when we started in 2014, so it’s rewarding to see our ethos thriving and the next generation of coaches and referees growing in know-how and confidence.

With England’s achievements in Japan still fresh in our minds, December is the perfect opportunity to reflect on your objectives for 2020. Whether you’re thinking about keeping your boots on, getting in involved in player welfare or developing your skills as a coach or referee, now is the time to plan ahead.

The KYBO! site is rich in resources and you can always contact the KYBO! team at keepyourbootson@rfu.com or via our social channels. We’re always happy to help.

Match Official News

English international referees continue to be excellent role models for existing referees, Young Match Officials (YMOs) or those thinking of having a go.
Many congratulations to Wayne Barnes on being crowned Referee of the Year by World Rugby.

Luke Pearce is another referee who’s been in the spotlight. Soon after his return from Japan, Luke appeared on BT Sport where he expertly explained the thinking behind how referees make sanction decisions using the High Tackle Framework.
Watch the BT Video

Luke is a great champion of KYBO! Prior to the RWC we recorded a series of videos of him talking about how to get started as a referee, knowing the Laws and staying fit. It’s an invaluable resource and worth some minutes of your time.
Watch Luke’s Videos

ERRA Whistle-Stop: Advanced Positioning

This autumn, the English Rugby Referees Association published an advanced Whistle-Stop video about positioning. This is something that referees, at all levels, find challenging and with the clever use of library footage the video gives tips and advice in relation to the Tackle Area, Open Play and the Goal Line.
Watch Advanced Positioning

MO Alerts – England Rugby Appointments

We know you like to know who is officiating over the weekend. Starting in January 2020 we will be sending out ‘MO Alerts’ every Friday with details of who is officiating, and for which matches.
To receive your MO Alert just follow us on Twitter @kyboengland or on Facebook.

Coaching News

2019 sees growth in number of female coaches

We know that English women’s rugby is on the increase, but did you know that there’s been a significant rise in the number of female coaches? In the last 12 months we have seen a 120% rise in the number of female coaches taking Coaching qualifications with the RFU. This means we've had over 500 female coaches gain Coaching qualifications in the past 12 months.

Why don't you join them in 2020?

For insights into how rewarding being a coach is, watch the KYBO! Women in Rugby series in the video library.
Watch Women in Rugby

Louise Meadows is Head Coach of England Counties U20

Congratulations to Lou Meadows who becomes the first female Head Coach of an England Men’s aspirational side. We first met Lou when she was Head Coach at London Scottish Academy and talking her Level 3 Coaching Course.

Pick-up some tips by listening to her talking about how to discover your rugby coaching style.
Watch Louise Meadows

Principles of Scrummaging Course CPD

This course, which was launched in the autumn, is proving popular with coaches, match officials and players. With a blend of theory and practical it will help you to understand individual and collective techniques in a fun and engaging way. One to consider for 2020?
Book Course

RugbySafe News

We Are RugbySafe

10th October was World Mental Health Day, an ideal occasion to promote We Are RugbySafe stories and in particular the work and influence of Rich Berry and Paul Geehan.

Both men have done much to overcome the stigma associated with mental health and show how rugby can be a force for good to save lives and build self-belief.
Please read their stories and follow their lead in promoting what is possible in this often-neglected area.  As Paul points out, “Rugby is a family, and families look out for eachother.”
Read Rich Berry’s RugbySafe story
Read Paul Geehan’s RugbySafe story

RugbySafe joins forces with Simplyhealth

England Rugby is excited to be partnering with Simplyhealth as the new trusted healthcare partner.
Working together, our aim is to provide an opportunity to improve awareness of player welfare and access to healthcare, should it be required. Collectively, we will explore how best to develop and expand RugbySafe so that it can provide comprehensive information, guidance and resources to best support player welfare across the game.

It’s early days and more details of how the partnership will work will be announced in 2020.
Information on what clubs, schools, college, universities and individuals (of any role) can do to promote and enhance player welfare is available in the RugbySafe section on KYBO!
Visit Rugby Safe

RugbySafe Essential Guides & Resources

If you have questions about player welfare and safety related topics, visit this section. You’ll discover essential information about clothing, protective equipment, medical conditions, first aid treatment and first aid provision and equipment.
Don’t rely on others to know about these things. Make it your business too.
Visit Essential Guides & Resources

In the pipeline…

In 2020, look out for more:
  • Whistle-Stop videos to help you become a more skilled and confident match official
  • Content to help you in your role as a coach
  • I am a Referee, I am a Coach and We Are RugbySafe stories.
Thank you for all the time and dedication you have given in 2019 to your local rugby clubs, referee societies and player welfare networks. You play a massive role in supporting and growing our rugby family.
We wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas.
Yours in rugby and mince pies.
Michael Patz
RFU Match Official Development Manager
Phil Kearns
RFU Coach Development Team Lead
Rachel Faull-Brown
Player Welfare Manager
P.S. And if you’re stuck for Christmas Gifts…
…visit the England Rugby Store with its wide range of clothing and gifts. There’s bound to be something there if you are looking for something for a rugby-mad partner, son, daughter or friend.
Visit England Rugby Store
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