Finding the right reading material for children online is not always easy. Some websites are difficult to navigate – and there are, of course, other worries.
The RFU website – www.englandrugby.com – is easy to get around, so I’ve pulled out a few highlights that I think are good for kids and families to enjoy together.
One of the best areas of the RFU website is about the U20s men’s team. Winners of the last two World Cups for young players, it is inspiring stuff for children and adults. Also, it has hot new news about this summer’s World Cup tournament in Italy. Follow the lads here. http://www.englandrugby.com/england/england-20s/
For younger rugby fans there are the Ruckley pages. Ruckley is the England team mascot. Features include bespoke cartoons about Ruckley and the five core values of rugby union in England. Plus information on how to join the Junior Fan Club. http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/players/ruckley/
Back to playing, there is a regularly updated section about the Nat West Schools’ Cup. Find out how your school – or a school near you – is getting on. http://www.englandrugby.com/club-competitions/natwest-schools-cup/
There is an excellent general news page on the website. News often includes video interviews with players and coaching staff. And it covers all levels of the game, not just the England team. To get you in the mood for the Six Nations. http://www.englandrugby.com/news/newslisting/senior-england-men/
You can visit the World Rugby Museum – or at least some of it – virtually and perhaps inspire a trip to the real thing at Twickenham. http://www.englandrugby.com/twickenham/world-rugby-museum/
If you want your school (or your kids’ school) to engage more with rugby, there are some amazing educational resources on the website. Worth asking when you go back to the new term. http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/education/schools/
Also, there is an online England shop, in case anyone has any Christmas money left over. It includes World Cup merchandise if you want to brand up nice and early. http://store.rfu.com/stores/rfu/default.aspx?portal=HQ97PIJF&CMP=PSC-HQ97PIJF
If you know of any good rugby websites, let me know and I’ll feature them in the coming weeks.