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Recently, I was asked to take part in a BBC Radio 4 piece about the struggles within grassroots Rugby in England. It was broadcast before England faced Tonga in the Rugby World Cup 2019 on Sunday 22nd September 2019.

The piece shared the thoughts from members of Rugby clubs that are no longer in existance because the lack of players as well as clubs that are really struggling to field sides, as well as comments from the Rugby Football Union as to the ways forward to combat this problem.

The most shocking stat was that one third of all games of grassroots Rugby in England in the 2018/2019 were cancelled due to the lack of playing numbers, that works out to be almost 7,500 of all Rugby matches were cancelled last season.

Whilst the RFU has implimented it’s “Game On” initiative, this report really does show how much more is needed to be done, as well as highlight the work we have been doing to improve the situation.

Fill Your Boots has been running for four years now and without the help of governing bodies, we have been able to help Rugby clubs all across the land find those extra players in order to make more Rugby matches happen. We help Rugby teams and players by posting on our social media channels and our website, their requests, whether its trying to find an extra front-row player or a player who has not got a game that weekend.

I would like to thank Bob Walker who came to me a few weeks ago asking for me to take part in this report. You can listen here, or the BBC Radio 4 website by clicking here.

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