“Community or international isn't a question, the question should be Can the community benefit from a game of Deaf Rugby at your club.”
EDRU media department
So is the growth of Deaf Rugby created more at community events or international fixtures ?
The answer to that question is simple, community and international go hand in hand. If planned correctly if hosted and featured in locations that have little or no knowledge of Deaf Rugby then the impact is huge.
England Deaf Rugby Union have learnt over the years, moving forward at a rate of knots, finding our feet and identifying the best way to raise awareness. Our ultimate aim is to integrate Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing rugby players into their own clubs, whether grassroots or premiership, with no barriers from players, coaches, officials or opposition.
So this season the men's squad played international fixtures against New Zealand at (Harlow RFC, Blackheath RFC, Barking RFC, Ilkley RFC), Wales and the World Deaf 7's in Australia as well as several fixtures around the country. The women's team played in the world Deaf 7's and several fixtures and events around the country ( Preston, Portsmouth, Bromsgrove to name a few).
The more events we have generated at grassroots clubs has enabled us to reach all of the above personnel with minimal effort, take the England Rose at any level to a rugby union club, people will show an interest. This last year alone using this simple process has identified a further 12 players across our men's and womens squads.
So the message is simple, if you have a rugby club that would like to host the England Rose and have England Deaf play a community based fixture, possibly against an international team that we are due to play this season, then just drop us a message. We cannot guarantee to defiantly come to you, but as the old adage states 'if you don't ask, you won't get' !
Updated 14:03 - 17 Jun 2018 by Sean Fletcher