Touchline: December 2016

‘Tis the season to be very jolly indeed and December Touchline celebrates England’s perfect year, their win over Australia in the Old Mutual Wealth Series England’s first unbeaten calendar year since 1992, when they only played six matches rather than 13.

The player deal signed by the Rugby Football Union and the Rugby Players’ Association a day before the Old Mutual Wealth Series kicked off lasts for four years and includes match and training fees, image rights payments, and squad performance bonuses.

And the Somali Development Team, an RFU project which has introduced Somali sevens to six London boroughs, won the prestigious Coaching Interention Award at the 2016 UK Coaching Awards.

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