Go on Rugby Tour

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Whether you are an England international or an occasional player for your local side, going on tour is a fantastic way to build team spirit, morale and identity. It provides a rare and exciting opportunity for players and coaches to get to know each other that little bit better and helps to build teamwork both on and off the pitch. Tours often provide memories and friendships that will last a lifetime; the camaraderie and banter can be second to none.

It is important to carefully consider the aim of your tour. Will it be for development, as an opportunity to try new things in a different environment, or solely for fun and relaxation?

You must also consider the most appropriate timing for your tour and the destination, always keeping your overall aim in mind.

Alternatively, hosting a touring team provides an opportunity to play against new opposition and make new rugby contacts.

When planning a tour with another Union, whether it is travelling overseas or hosting a team from another Union, approval must be obtained in advance in accordance with RFU Regulation 10 (attached). If you’re planning a tour for children it is essential that you read our Touring with Children Guide (attached) and the RFU Safeguarding Policy (attached).

For further information please refer to the Cross Union Match Approval Guidelines (attached).

Applying for permission to tour overseas (clubs)
1. Download the Outgoing Tour Application form (Attached).
2. Fully complete this form. You will need to obtain approval from the host Union of the country you are visiting. For this you should get assistance from your host club, or contact the host Union directly. Details of worldwide Unions can be found on the World Rugby website.
3. Clubs that are affiliated to the RFU will be insured by the RFU’s Death & Catastrophic injury insurance (attached) for playing rugby while on tour, providing RFU approval has been granted and your policy is up to date. Please note that this insurance does not cover temporary injury, loss of earnings, medical and legal expenses or any other type of injury not mentioned in the policy. However, you will need to obtain travel insurance (which will cover you for any repatriation costs should a player become injured during the match and need specialist travel home) and we recommend this is obtained through Perkins Slade; Perkins Slade has been providing specialist travel cover for professionals and amateur teams for decades.

Travel insurance is essential when taking your passion for the game around the world and you’ll want to be safe in the knowledge that your tour party has the right cover in place should the unforeseeable happen.

That is why we have created a specific insurance with expert help from the RFU to ensure England Rugby affiliated clubs have access to appropriate emergency cover whilst on tour including:
*Personal accident
*Medical and emergency travel expenses and assistance
*24/7 Emergency & Security assistance
*Cancellation, curtailment or change of itinerary
*Personal baggage and money
*Personal accident
*Passport indemnity, loss of passport and travel documents
*Playing and training equipment
*Cancellation, curtailment or change of itinerary
*Travel delay
*Personal liability

4. Once completed and signed, send your application to your Constituent Body (Oxfordshire) and they will either write to your Tour Manager confirming approval (providing it is correctly and fully completed), or forward to Twickenham for RFU approval. Please note it is important to keep a hard copy.
5. Lastly, have a great tour


The following downloads may be useful:

Touring with Children guide



Death and catastrophic injury insurance summary