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Rugby Against Racism

Rugby Against Racism

Beginning in 2021, as part of a global movement against racism in sport, players, officials and fans have observed a Rugby Against Racism moment prior to all matches organised by the Six Nations, including the Autumn Nations Series.

Why? Despite rugby’s strong culture of respect and inclusiveness, incidents of racist abuse have taken place, and players at all levels of the game have experienced it both in-person and on social media.

We know that those who experience racism can feel isolated. Silence can seem to condone the behaviour, while those involved in spreading abuse can feel emboldened unless they are challenged.

The Rugby Against Racism moment affirms that rugby is a game for everyone, and that abuse has no place in rugby.

During the 2022 Guinness Six Nations, the TikTok Women’s Six Nations and the Under-20s Six Nations, the message will be amplified outside of the broadcast through widespread promotion of the campaign in stadia and on air, alongside campaigns across our social and digital channels.

Alongside Rugby Against Racism, we will also continue to work with our unions, partners in other sports, the major social networks and our sponsors to challenge online abuse of all kinds.

We will listen and seek to understand.

We will identify opportunities where we believe we can make a difference.

And we will take action in every way we can to ensure the Six Nations and rugby is a safe, open and inclusive space for everybody who wishes to play, watch or otherwise participate in our game.