25. The Rugby Football Union.

The Rugby Football Union ('the RFU') is the national governing body for elite and grassroots rugby union in England. The RFU was registered as an industrial and provident society under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 and is now deemed a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 20141 and is thus owned by its member clubs. The members of the RFU are bound by its rules2 and are thereby subject to the disciplinary jurisdiction of the RFU and indirectly to that of the International Rugby Board ('the IRB')