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National Rugby Survey

Nearly 28,000 people completed the inaugural National Rugby Survey and Age Grade Player Survey last year, the largest community rugby surveys of their kind.

Now, one year on, both surveys have been combined into the National Rugby Survey which is now open. Running until midnight on Wednesday 11 October, the survey continues to help us improve the game and the people within it.

Click here to take the National Rugby Survey 2017

Last year’s inaugural National Rugby Survey received responses from current and former players, match and club officials, as well as coaches, parents and supporters.

As a result the RFU has been able to gain valuable insight into what motivates and drives different parts of the game across age groups, genders, playing and non-playing roles, and across all formats of the game.

Findings from last year’s survey revealed:

  • General satisfaction with the game is high across all types of involvement with the game and a vast majority of people would recommend others to be involved in rugby
  • This is especially true for players, who have overwhelmingly said they would definitely recommend the game to family and friends
  • You see the RFUs biggest imperative as supporting grassroots clubs and growing the number of players
  • You value rugby for its team spirit, alongside respect and sportsmanship, it’s team spirit that sets our game out from the rest
  • 'Social’ leagues and teams and formats where you can ‘turn up and play’ are top of the wish list for players struggling to find time for the game
  • There is a strong appetite in the women’s game to play more rugby, however there need to be more opportunities to play nearer where women live, with more teams and coaches
  • Winning is of limited importance to young people, they play the game for enjoyment
  • We know many of our age grade players don’t go on to play adult rugby, dropping out of the game when they leave school, or after university, hence our focus on transition and retention through youth to adult rugby