GMS Player Registration

16th October 2023

Dear all

Please ask all players/guardians to ensure they are registered on the RFU GMS site.

Players who are not affiliated can’t play in cup competitions.

As per Regulation 15

All Age Grade Players must be registered on the RFU’s online Game Management system. (GMS) within 45 days of the first joining the Club.

All U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18 Age Grade players must be 
registered annually on the RFU’s online Game Management system (GMS).

Note: Annual age-grade registration is now active. Each year, you will need to re-affiliate to your club.

The greater the number of players registered and affiliated with Newton Abbot Rugby Club, the greater the chance of RFU funding in those areas. An example this year is the large pot of money for improvements to social spaces and changing facilities for female rugby. If we have a low number registered, they will assume we have low numbers and thus do not need the funding. 

Game Management System (

 Your young player’s involvement in rugby is essential to Newton Abbot Rugby Club.  This annual affiliation helps clubs understand who is and will play rugby during the season. Last year, we saw over 150 thousand young players affiliate, which we hope will be exceeded this year. The three-click process can be found below:

Three-click process once logged into the system – Login

  1. Click on the child you want to affiliate with the club (if you cannot see your child, this guide might help).
  2. Click Renew affiliation or Affiliate once the child’s profile is open.
  3. Finally, click save at the top of the page. 

Affiliation replaced registration last season in response to parents’ and guardians’ feedback that they wanted to be in control of their children’s data. By affiliating, you control the information and own the data. This reduces the burden on club volunteers who formerly had to put in all registration information. It also enables the account holder to have a rugby record for life, as their data transfers with them each year.

Your help in affiliating young players is greatly appreciated. It means both your club and England Rugby can more easily understand who is playing the sport and respond to players’ needs in each area of the country.

The data and insights, as well as the local knowledge, help to drive how the game is supported and to shape the rugby landscape for the benefit of all involved.

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