Our mission is to recognise black excellence on and off the pitch in rugby union at all levels, and to highlight role models to the next generation; demonstrating that anything is possible regardless of skin colour.
We are strong believers in ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’, which is why it’s so important to draw attention to the contribution of the black community in rugby union in all roles; community and professional. Black communities are still underrepresented in rugby, and the Rugby Black List aims to be part of closing the gap by promoting black excellence.
Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of the Rugby Black List. We want rugby union to be a welcoming sport that offers equal opportunities to all. The door is open, but many people may not know the door is open, which is why it’s vital to have events like the Rugby Black List to raise awareness of the sport to black communities, and show that the sport is for them, and everybody else.
The professional game is in the spotlight and has some outstanding role models to look up to, male and female, but the recognition of the community game is important. Grassroots rugby is vital because the next England International that walks on to the pitch will be from a community club. Rugby needs to show inclusivity to all players. The more black representation there is, the more black communities will feel rugby is for them, and the more potential talent that can be discovered. It isn’t just players, there is minimal representation in other roles including volunteers, match officials, and administrators from black backgrounds. The Rugby Black List aims to celebrate those already doing these amazing roles, to inspire others to get involved.