Going on tour?
New tour forms
The RFU has introduced new forms for incoming and outgoing overseas tours. These must be used when applying to tour or host a visiting team. Tour applications using the old forms will be rejected.
Whether you are an England international or a part time player for your local side, going on tour is a fantastic way to build team spirit, morale and identity. It provides a rare and exciting opportunity for players and coaches to get to know each other that little bit better and helps to establish a common style and purpose.
Tours often provide memories and friendships that will last a lifetime; the camaraderie and banter can be second to none. But you must consider the aim of your tour carefully.
Will the tour be seen as a development exercise for players and coaches to experiment with new training techniques in a different environment, or will the tour be solely for fun and relaxation purposes?
You must also consider when you want to go on tour. It could be pre-season, mid-season or post-season. Destination is also a key factor and must be well thought-out.
Alternatively, hosting a touring team provides an opportunity to play against new opposition and make new friends from around the world.
When planning a tour, whether overseas or hosting a team from another country, clubs, teams, and schools (of any level or any age, male or female) need to obtain approval, as per RFU Regulation 10 (PDF 36KB). If you’re planning on touring with children and/or vulnerable adults it is essential that you read our Touring with Children and Vulnerable Adults Guide. If you are a school then please refer to the schools page of the RFU website.
ALL OVERSEAS TOURS, INCLUDING THOSE TO HOME NATIONS, NOW NEED TO OBTAIN PRIOR APPROVAL FROM THE COUNTY (CB).
Applying for permission to host an incoming tour (clubs)
Download the Incoming Tour Application form
Fully complete this form. You will need to obtain approval from the Union of your visiting team. The visiting team should assist you with providing this information. We need the name and position of the official from the visiting team’s Union. Details of worldwide Unions can be obtained from the IRB on their website www.irb.com.
The Appendix Schedule 1 must be signed by all players and officials from the touring party who are 18 and over. This does not include parents or players who are under 18 – in this instance the coach and officials from the visiting team must sign on behalf of the players.
Send your fully completed application to the Middlesex Rugby County Office for endorsement. Please note it is important to keep a hard copy.
Middlesex Rugby will check that your form is fully and correctly completed and once endorsed will provide approval. An official letter will then be sent to the Tour Manager, as specified on your form.
Please be aware that during peak times (January-May) approval may take up to four weeks to process due to the high volume of tour applications and will be processed in order of date of match. To ensure that you obtain your approval on time, please send in your tour application at least one month in advance.