Getting to know the RFU

Since 1871, the Rugby Football Union [RFU] has been working to benefit the game of rugby and is the governing body for the game in England. 


Did you know:

  • England is the largest rugby playing nation in the world based on the number of clubs (approximately 2,000).
  • Every club is a member of one of 37 Constituent Bodies (CBs), comprised of 28 counties – some individual, some combined – and 9 other CBs: 3 armed forces, Oxford and Cambridge Universities, England Schools, England Students, England Colleges and Referees, run and develop rugby locally. These CBs are led by volunteers.
  • There are about 500,000 regular* players in all formats of the game. The total playing pool is around 2 million (including occasional and one offs).
  • Over 50,000 male and female rugby matches** take place every year in clubs. A further 50,000 matches take place in education establishments (schools, colleges, universities). games played under the auspices of the RFU.
  • The RFU has approximately 550 permanent staff working from the headquarters in Twickenham and throughout the country to help administer every facet of the game.
  • The RFU’s Rugby Development operations are structured around six areas with a number of geographical CBs assigned to each area. Every Area has a Delivery Team which works with the CB and its member clubs.

Area structure can be found here and contact details for RFU staff within Gloucestershire here.