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Monday, November 24, 2008

The Great RFUW AGM Mystery

After the game yesterday discussions turned, as they do, to the matter of the RFUW AGM.

Okay, a strange thing to discuss and not normally something high on the list of post match conversations but, as I recall, we had by then solved the world economic crisis, come up with a workable way of ensuring world peace, and had only been diverted away from Fermat's Last Theorem because someone pointed out that it had already been solved. So you can see we were running low on topics.

Even in these circumstances, the subject of Great AGMs I Have Known is normally not much of winner in rugby bar conversation but in this case it was pointed out that there is something seriously odd about this one.

When an organisation has its Annual General Meeting - as a rule - it will normally make a reasonable attempt to ensure that as many people as possible can attend by organising the event on a date when most people do not have alternative commitments. It is obviously impossible to come up with a date that suits everyone, but as a rule avoiding other major events in your own organisation's calendar would normally considered a good start.

Which is what makes the RFUW AGM ever so slightly remarkable as not only are Sundays match days for most clubs, but (as one correspondent pointed out earlier this week) this particular Sunday is also the final junior county fixture date - so anyone who is anyone in English junior rugby will be involved in an inter-county tournament somewhere. And in addition to that the 14th is also the date for senior regional trials, so most people associated with senior rugby will also be otherwise engaged. 

This did give those with a conspiratorial turn of mind cause to wonder. What is going to be discussed at the AGM this year? Or maybe what is it hoped will not be discussed? After all - as someone said - if you wanted to pick a more inconvenient date in the entire calendar so as to ensure that as few of the leading players, officials, parents, coaches, or volunteers as possible would be available then, short of choosing Christmas Day, you could hardly come up with a better date than 14th December.

Personally I think such speculation is nonsense and suspect that this is simply an example of frighteningly poor planning. After all, what things might RFUW possibly want to avoid discussion about? Any suggestions?

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