U16s Girls Foundation Programme


Jun 2024

Applications are now open for players interested in joining the Leicestershire Under 16 Girls Foundation programme (formerly the England Rugby Developing Player Pathway (ERDPP)) for the 2024-25 season.

The Foundation programme is part of the new Girls player pathway, for players who have the potential and ambition to progress further in their rugby careers. Players selected for the Foundation programme will attend 12 training sessions throughout the season, complementary to club training, and have the opportunity to participate in at least one playing opportunity.

All players who wish to be considered for the Foundation programme must attend two assessment days.

There will be four assessment days and players need to attend two of these dates.

They will take place at Leicester Forest RFC and will be every Monday evening in August. 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th from 7pm till 8.30.

Players must be currently in school years 9 or 10 (so in school years 10 and 11 from September 2024) and eligible to play for Leicestershire, meaning they meet at least one of the following criteria: live in Leicestershire, play rugby at a club in Leicestershire, and/or attend school in Leicestershire.

All players must attend an assessment, even those who participated in the ERDPP last season.

This is a self-nomination process – nomination from a club or school coach is not required. We encourage players (or their parents) to discuss with their coaches if they are unsure whether they would be suitable for the programme. We are looking for players with both the potential and the ambition to progress further with their rugby.

Players must register in advance to attend an assessment. The cut-off date for registration is 15th July. Please complete the online form below to register. Players will be allocated to two of the assessment dates.


Volunteers Recognised at County Cup Finals


May 2024

On Tuesday 30th April, Leicestershire and Rutland Rugby Union hosted over 30 hard working volunteers from across the grassroots rugby clubs in our CB for the Honda Volunteer of the Year awards.

Volunteers were nominated by club members to show their appreciation for the dedication their club volunteers have to the running of their clubs. Leicestershire had 35 people nominated with all but three, joining us at the County Cup finals at Mattioli Woods Welford Road to watch both the colts and senior men’s finals from The Clubhouse with hospitality.

Once the colts final had concluded, volunteers were gathered to be presented with a framed certificate, engraved tumbler and Honda gift, from rugby legend and Leicestershire man, Peter Wheeler CBE. 

The awards were separated into categories; Unsung Hero(es), Game for All and Connecting the Community. The majority of the awards were in the Unsung Hero category and from all the nominees, three were selected by the Executive Committee to be shortlisted for the National Final at Twickenham in September. 

The shortlisted volunteers were:
Jon Foster, Oakham RFC & LRU
Graham Vaux, Loughborough RFC
Amie Smith & Laura Jones, Sileby RFC

The overall winners for Leicestershire and Rutland were Amie and Laura from Sileby RFC. This is a snippet from their nomination:

They worked tirelessly to restore our clubhouse after we suffered a catastrophic flood due to a burst water pipe during the cold snap of December 2022, which forced us to use other rugby grounds for the second half of last season. They dedicated several hours (after work) every day for a number of weeks to get our clubhouse not only repaired, but looking even better than it was before. They painted, cleaned, dried, washed and repaired every surface – you name it, they did it. Their efforts have truly been an inspiration to the whole club.
They’re the first at the Clubhouse to open up and last to leave, cleaning up after both Women’s and Men’s team. They organise the catering supplies, the transport to away fixtures and continually push to promote our tiny grassroots club. During the school summer holidays, they helped provide rugby coaching sessions to the local school children as part of a summer play scheme. Both women are integral in the organisation of the Annual Truck pull, raising money for local charities.
They’ve almost single-handedly kept the Sileby Women’s rugby team playing and deserve recognition of their time and effort.

Congratulations to Amie and Laura who will be heading to Twickenham in September for the National Awards. We wish them the best of luck.

Congratulations to all the hard working volunteers who without, we would not have our clubs running. Make sure you say a quick thank you to them next time you see them behind the bar, in the kitchen, on the mower or emptying the bins. 

Here are some photos from the evening. Click on the image to view, then click on the image again to enlarge



REGULATION 19 – RFU Consultation


Apr 2024

Please find on the below link a letter from the RFU setting out details of the consultation for Regulation 19.

Consultation Letter to Game

This letter has been sent to all CB’s and will be sent to Club Discipline Secretaries direct from the RFU

The large section (marked in green) which is mandated content from World Rugby is exempt from edit. If you could therefore focus the feedback on the definitions list and the 5 additional sections in the draft of Regulation 19, we would be grateful.

There is a link for feedback is contained within the letter

Deadline for feedback is Wednesday 24 April

U18’s Boys Triumph in Super Sunday #3


Jan 2024

Leicestershire U18s followed up their U17s unbeaten season last year with another unbeaten season after todays 38-31 victory over North Midlands. The result was some what frustrating with the U18s not getting on top with the referee, resulting in North Midlands being able to stay with striking distance.

The team produced some great rugby at time’s scoring 7 tries. The stand out try was scored by Riley Gilbert’s solo effort from inside the Leicestershire 22 beating 7 defenders to score under the posts. Congratulations to all involved from Players, coaches & Management , medical team and the parents who have supported the programme.

There were 6 trys as follows:
Jacob Hardwick
Will Delaney
Ben Beech x2
Riley Gilbert
Joe Masunda
4 conversions all by George Williams (MHRUFC)

Appointment – Women’s Head Coach


Jan 2024

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Fraser Goatcher as the Leicestershire and Rutland Rugby Union Women’s Head Coach.
Fraser has a wealth of experience as a coach and player. He is currently Head Coach of Leicester Tigers Women’s pathway along with Brooksby College AOC. Previous roles include Women’s Head Coach for Sussex and other county and club coaching roles. Fraser’s playing history includes Lichfield RUFC 1st XV and Sussex representative sides at U15, U20, U23 and Senior men.

Fraser is very much looking forward to his role and will be assisting with the recruitment of assistant forwards and backs coaches in the coming weeks.