Deaf Rugby: England vs Wales - match highlights
Today's See Hear programme marks an historic sporting moment as the Rugby Football Union welcomes the England Deaf team into the rugby fraternity. Until recently they were only associate members but now they're fully integrated. English deaf rugby started in 2003. To qualify for the team the rules states that in addition to being able to play, you must have a minimum hearing loss of 50% across both ears. With recognition from the RFU comes practical support such as kit and assistance for travel and accommodation costs when touring. England deaf rugby also shares their knowledge and experience of deaf rugby with schools and teams throughout the country to ensure that coaches and teachers understand the needs of a deaf player.