Cheshire School of Rugby

The RFU’s School of Rugby (SoR) programme aims to identify and develop young players and athletes who have the potential to play at the elite levels of the game in England.  It provides a route for players into the England Rugby Academy system through the Elite Player Development Group (EPDG).  Cheshire RFU operates one School of Rugby (SoR).  The Administrator is Jane Cliff.  Jane is the first point of contact for players, their parents and their school or club representative.

Cheshire School of Rugby (PDF)

The prime method of communicating to players, schools, clubs and representative squad officials is by email.  Announcements will also be made periodically on this site.

Attendance at the Cheshire RFU School of Rugby is by invitation only.  Invitations are only issued by Jane Cliff by email to the address we have on record.


Please note that the Schools of Rugby Session scheduled for the 27th December (Joint with Lancashire) has been cancelled.


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Nomination for the SoR is primarily from the U13/U14 district development squads, the U15 district/County squads and the U16 County squad. Schools and clubs should, therefore, nominate any potential SoR players for one of these squads, as appropriate, and NOT directly to the SoR. It is important, therefore, that prospective SoR players and their coaches and parents are aware of the nomination process and programme for these squads.

There is also provision for direct nomination from a school or club to the SoR in exceptional circumstances.

Cheshire SOR Nomination Route (PDF)

Nominations for the SoR must be made by a representative of the District/County squad management completing an SoR Nominee assessment form.

An SoR nominee assessment form  must be completed for anyone being nominated by a school or club direct to the SoR via the “exceptions” route.  It must also be accompanied by a note explaining why the nomination should be considered.  Where the nominee is currently playing rugby, it is expected that the player would have been observed by an SoR representative before an invitation is issued to attend an SoR session.

All nominations must be accompanied by an SoR player registration form completed by the player’s parent/guardian/carer

All completed forms should be sent to Jane Cliff, SoR Administrator, preferably by email.

There is no obligation on the SoR to accept a nomination.

Forms & Documents

RFU School of Rugby Operations Manual 2011-2012 (PDF)
RFU SOR Players Handbook (PDF)
Cheshire School of Rugby (PDF)
SOR Player Registration Form (PDF)
SOR Nominee Assessment Form (PDF)
SOR Assessment Criteria (PDF)