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The Welsh Rugby Union has released a specially

produced video to help promote the values of rugby union.

The video, entitled Let us Play [CLICK HERE TO PLAY VIDEO] underpins the WRU

rugby department’s philosophy – to engage, transfer and retain

players, coaches and referees.

The video features players from all elements of the game, from

grassroots to international rugby. Sam Warburton, Dan Biggar, Alun

Wyn Jones and Wales Women captain Rachel Taylor are amongst those

ambassadors, who, alongside young people and community rugby

players, explain how they fell in love with the game, any negative

aspects and how they would like to improve those areas.

In the video, Wales captain Sam

Warburton says, “I love the relationships I developed

as an eight year old scoring my first try for Rhiwbina Rugby and

I’ve been in love with the game ever since.

Wales Women captain Rachel Taylor believes

rugby’s team ethos was a key factor for her. “You play with your

friends who become your family and it’s great to have your friends,

your family and your community behind you in rugby”, while Alun Wyn

Jones adds, “it’s not about scoring tries, winning and losing, it’s

about the happiness children are going to have.”

The children and grassroots players in the video go on to insist

they just want to play rugby, without any negative banter from the

side lines, hence the title ‘Let us Play’.

WRU National Development Manager Jason

Lewis said, “’Let us Play’ is a commitment to all our

participants – players, coaches, referees, volunteers, parents –

that we will uphold the values and culture of the game that make is

so unique. Some of these values – friendship, respect, a sense of

belonging - come out strongly in this video which is a promise by

us to ensure everyone has a high quality, positive experience when

they come into a club or join a team.

“While the video addresses an important issue of ensuring touch

line behaviour is positive for the well-being of our developing

young players, coaches and referees, it does much more than just

that.

“We want to ensure there is ample opportunity for players to train

and play within our clubs, ensure excellent coaching behaviours and

practices, focus on the development of young people over winning at

all costs, create a good awareness of the impact of pitch side

behaviour on young players and referees especially and ensure good

discipline on the field.

“Through coach and referee education courses, school club hub

officer training, safeguarding workshops and rugby co-ordinator

professional development, the messages contained in the short film

will be reinforced at every level, underpinning our philosophy to

engage more people in rugby, often within schools initially,

transfer them to the club environment and retain their involvement

within the game.”

WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey said: “We feel

rugby union defines Wales and unites our communities, and it is our

duty to deliver excellence but also to develop good people. The

culture of rugby union is one of its key unique selling points and

while we must adapt our game and its forms to cater for a modern

society, we must work hard to retain the values it represents,

while enabling every player to reach their potential on the

field.”

Wales attack coach Rob Howley added, “The

environment we create for players is key at every level, enabling

players to reach their potential which in turn improves the

performance of the team. Coaches have a major role to play in

creating that optimum environment and anything that can be done to

help and support all our coaches, from grassroots to elite, is a

positive step.”

 

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