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Senior officials from the Rugby Football Union, including Chief Executive Francis Baron OBE and Management Board Chairman, Martyn Thomas, will be visiting Cumbria next weekend (October 17/October 19) to meet representatives of schools and clubs in the county, as well as having fact-finding discussions with County officials.

The process is one that has been functioning across the country for a while now and is aimed at strengthening the links between the major decision-makers at Twickenham and the huge army of volunteer workers who supervise and nurture the game at grass roots level.

The process is one that invariably produces lively debate about the best way forward for the game and at a time when the Rugby Landscape document dealing with the future structure of the game is being piloted by a Cumbrian, RFU Senior Vice-President John Owen, there is sure to be a challenging environment for the RFU contingent.

While debate will extend over the weekend as the RFU party, which will also include Rob Udwin, Chairman of the Community Rugby Committee, and Andrew Scoular, Director of Community Rugby, visits Ullswater Community College (Saturday, October 18, 9.45am), Wigton RUFC (Saturday, October 18, 1.30pm) and Kirkby Lonsdale RUFC (Sunday, October 19, 11am), the main opportunity for rugby followers to meet the visitors will be on Friday night (October 17, 8pm) at Penrith RUFC.

Winters Park will be the venue for a Question & Answer Session at which RU folk from the county can put their suggestions and voice their concerns to the game's hierarchy.

This is a great opportunity for Cumbrian rugby folk to air their views on a range of issues and find out from the people involved what the thinking is behind some of the decisions that have been made and are being contemplated, says John Owen: It is a chance for a frank and free discussion with the people who direct the game and a chance to put forward a view from the coal face about which way the game should be moving.

Its a great opportunity for people including the media - to meet senior officials and I hope we have a good turn out. Weve had some stimulating, feisty debates at previous get-togethers and Im expecting that Cumbrian RU people will add to that list

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