The Rugby Football Union Council of 62 members is drawn from many different backgrounds and walks of life. All have devoted years to the sport and most have been voted in by those who know the impact of their efforts on rugby and their communities. The RFU is keen to have a diverse range of talent to represent the game and the wider rugby community and encourages applications from female candidates and members of under-represented groups.
The RFU Council represents the views and voices of the members who elected them. They channel feedback and information between their clubs and the RFU. They also make some decisions on behalf of the RFU, putting in place regulations and policies relating to the playing of the sport. Importantly, they also provide monitoring and oversight of the Board on behalf of the game as a whole.
Council members come from across the nation, mostly from geographic areas made up of a single county, or group of counties, depending on the number of local rugby clubs in the area