The RFU’s Core Values Task Group:

Here is what the RFU have written about the way in which rugby should be played, as well as how the RFU Core Values task group established the way in which rugby can enrich all of our lives:

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The task group undertook a major consultation exercise, examining oral and written evidence as well as existing research. A broad range of people – including elite and amateur players, spectators and the media – were engaged in 13 focus groups and 2,722 took part in an online survey.

 A club team with their arms around each other

Photo: Getty Images

 As a result, the core values were defined as teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship and the group commented in their interim report: “The game has, through its values, a uniting force. It helps to build characters. The social aspects of the game must not be understated and these have great benefits for local communities and society in general. The game is a way of life.”

The group also concluded: “There is little doubt that maintenance and promotion of the core values will increase the attractiveness of the sport to new participants. Positive strategies will need to be developed to promote these unique values.”

Rogers said: “We have a healthy, enjoyable and inclusive sport and wanted to have a simple reminder of that for all participants. It’s good news.

“The vast majority of people we’ve spoken to are totally supportive of those values and very pleased that we’ve defined them.

“It was important that we produced a positive statement of our core values. We believe we’ve done that and I’m sure people will want to live up to them.” >>>

“The photo that the RFU have chosen to embody the core values of the game is a Bootleggers RFC squad photograph from the Stockholm International 10s in 2009. We as a Club are tremendously proud of the way in which we have been represented and we will endeavour to work hard to uphold the values of the game!” Ed Swift, President of the Bootleggers RFC.

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