The RFU is the national governing body for rugby in England.
We work closely with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Rugby Players Association (RPA). The RFU and Premiership Rugby signed a partnership in 2016, the Professional Game Agreement, which enshrines certain regulations and provides a structure for relations through to 2024. The Professional Game Board meets regularly to discuss issues and work together towards the best, long-term interests of the game in England.
In addition, Premiership Rugby and the RFU both sit on and coordinate activity across the game through sub-groups and sub-committees. These include the Medical Advisory Group, the Sports Science Advisory Group, the Laws Sub-Committee, and the Minimum Standard Criteria Group. More information can be found in the RFU Handbook
The RFU is responsible for the overall promotion of the sport, the national team and the development of the grassroots game.
In addition, each year the RFU approves the rules of the Premiership to ensure that the competition is played under agreed rules and regulations.
The RFU is responsible for discipline within the Premiership and for sanctioning any contraventions of the laws of the game that take place in the Premiership. For example, Citing Officers review footage of each Aviva Premiership game within 24 hours to ensure that any offences that take place during the game but are not sanctioned in the game are subsequently managed and appropriate action taken.
The list of sanctions, set by the RFU, can be found on their website
Where there are contraventions that require an independent body, the Premiership sends the issue to Sport Resolutions UK to manage independently and fairly.
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