Formed 2004 ... Herts 7s U14 Runners-up 2005 ... North Herts U14 team, Herts Youth Games 2005 runners-up (coached by Letchworth)... Herts Superteams U14 Runners-up 2005 ... Herts SuperTeams "Fairplay" winners 2006 ... Rochford 10s U17 Champions 2006 ... East Midlands 10s U17 Runners-up 2007 ... East Midlands 10s U17 "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... National 10s U17 5th place and "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... Herts 7s U17 Plate runners-up 2007 ... National 7s U17 Plate winners 2007 ... RFU "President's XV" Award winners 2007 ... Herts Superteams winners 2007 ... Midlands 10s U18 Runners-up 2008 ... National 10s U18 4th place 2008 ... North Herts U11 team, Herts Youth Games 2008 runners-up (coached by Letchworth girls) ... London and SE 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2008 ... Herts 7s U18s runners-up 2008 ... National 7s U18s quarter-finalists 2008 ... Gloucester City 10s U18 Bowl runner-up (6th) 2009 ... Worthing 10s U18 Plate runner-up 2009 ... National 7s U18 Plate winners 2009... Worthing 10s U15 Plate winners 2010... Worthing 10s U18 Shield winners 2010... Herts 7s U15 and U18 Bowl runners-up 2010... National 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2010...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New RFU website - signs of improvement, signs of listening?

There are some welcome signs of improvement with the new RFU website. As mentioned last week the new, improved website looks great with all sorts of modern bells and whistles (like newsfeeds and a more readable typeface), but there were problems in the transfer of material from the old to the new site.

Well the good news is that several of these problems seem to have been sorted out. The old RFUW address - - now works again, and the text (but not photographs) from five years worth of news and match reports from the old site has also been moved over - and is also now included in the site search (which means that our illustrious past can now be traced in all its glory!). Women's news items are also beginning to appear alongside men's news - at least under the "England" heading, there hasn't been and girls' or women's news elsewhere yet.

Players from the England women's squad are also being included in a new "featured players" page which is a great step forward, only slightly spoiled by the biographies of the women's squad being at least a year out of date. There is no sign of a new forum yet, though, nor any women's squad below the national team. And the old collection of useful forms and resources has not fully been replaced.

Whether the RFU have been listening to the reviews of its new site, or have made the changes anyway, we will obviously never know but you have to wonder why the site was not properly tested before the launch.

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