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Building on The Change Foundation’s rich history of blind cricket, we have transferred this knowledge and experience into rugby to create a game blind and visually impaired people thought not possibleĀ for them.

Supported by World Rugby and England Rugby, The Change Foundation has designed a touch rugby game inclusive of a scrum, lineout and conversion kick. How? By adapting rules, understanding different sight classifications, using equipment that supports the group and training confident referees, we have been able to create a flowing game of seven-aside touch rugby.

Former Head Coach of England and Scotland, Andy Robinson, is championing the development of Blind Rugby and has provided his valuable insight to players and coaches during the early phases of developing the game.

In the summer of 2017 during the British and Irish Lions Tour. The Change Foundation will take a group of blind and visually impaired young people to play in the first ever blind rugby match against a New Zealand blind and visually impaired team ahead of the second Lions test. This demonstration game will harness the values of rugby and launch a new dimension of inclusivity in the game on a global platform.

For more information contact Si Ledwith, Head of Programmes onĀ siledwith@thechangefoundation.org.uk