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Return to Rugby 2016/17

Get Back In The Game

James Haskell and Trigger Happy TV’s Dom Joly have joined up to kick off this season’s Return to Rugby sessions which begin on August 18 across England.

Starting in September 2016, Burgess Hill RFC will be running a 10 week R2R programme, with dedicated sessions every Tuesday and Thursday night (7:30 - 9:00pm). We'll be re-introducing you to rugby through fun and invigorating game play, allowing you to move at your own pace and giving you an opportunity to get some refreshers on basic skills. So whatever your playing level, whether you want to play socially, get back into competitive playing or just simply want to get fit, we'll tailor the sessions to suit your needs.

Comedian and former player Dom Joly has also found his own unique way of getting people back into the game, drawing inspiration from his popular TV show ‘Trigger Happy TV’. ( Click here to see Dom's Squirrels )

“Being a 'lapsed' rugby player myself, I fully understand the challenges of returning to the game – being too unfit to play, time constraints, not having the right gear etc.That’s why these Return to Rugby sessions are so important because it is getting players all over the country back in the game at their own pace. Return to Rugby is all about having a laugh with new and old friends while having a chuck around and getting fit. What more can you want?" Dom Joly

Focussed on 18-30 year olds, the ten week Return to Rugby programme will take place at 100 clubs nationwide from August 18 to October 30. The sessions hope to give people who used to play rugby, the chance to rediscover their love of the game within a fun and social environment.

The first year of Return to Rugby saw 2,500 people sign up for the sessions and 800 players re-introduced back into the game, playing rugby regularly as a result of the programme. The RFU’s long-term ambition is to get 10,000 players engaged in the programme by 2019 across 250 venues.

Throughout the ten-week programme, the new-look Return to Rugby website will provide information to potential recruits, video content and rugby challenges for players to take on in order to win prizes.

If you would like to return to the game either at a competitive or just a social level then please visit Return to Rugby to register or email us at

article by Steve Blanthorn


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