The Rugby Football Union is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England. Its purpose is to encourage rugby, and its values, to flourish across England. Rugby’s core values are:

  • Teamwork
  • Respect
  • Enjoyment
  • Discipline
  • Sportsmanship

The Rugby Football Union was formed on January 26, 1871, at a meeting in London’s Pall Mall Restaurant. Two sub-committees were asked to write the Laws of the Game and to select an England team to play Scotland, and the first recognised international football game of any code was played later the same year.

The RFU is a members’ organisation of professional and amateur rugby clubs and a society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act, reinvesting all profits back into the sport. The members assign day-to-day operation to the Board of Directors, and regular oversight to the Council.

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