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The Annual General Meeting of Somerset County Rugby Football Union Limited will be held at Midsomer Norton RFC on Wednesday 1st August 2018 at 7.30 p.m.

Each affiliated club may send one voting representative, in addition to any Individual Members of the Union and Members of the County Committee.

Gareth Chew
County Secretary
Somerset RFU

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

As the national governing body for rugby union in England and operator of Twickenham Stadium, we’re committed to protecting your personal data and handling it responsibly, fairly and transparently in order to safeguard all aspects of the game of rugby.

With the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) coming into force on Friday 25 May 2018, we’ve updated our Privacy Notices to give our fans, players, volunteers and other participants more information about what we do with personal data and the rights you have as an individual in relation to the data we hold on you.

The following Privacy Notices available explain what data is used and why.

As the national governing body for rugby union in England and operator of Twickenham Stadium, we’re committed to protecting your personal data and handling it responsibly, fairly and transparently in order to safeguard all aspects of the game of rugby.




Georgia (Porge) Bryant, who set up and manages Chew Valley Cats Ladies RFC, has been fighting Leukaemia for the last 7 months. She has endured numerous rounds of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a bone marrow transplant to rid her of the disease. But on 3rd April 2018 Porge was taken back into hospital where she found out that the Leukaemia was back.

Porge has been told that she can take part in a clinical trial that has the potential to save her life, but the treatment comes at a cost that will not be covered by the NHS. Fundraising is gathering momentum, but more support is needed.

Read her story and donate to the campaign here:

A support event is being organised at Chew Valley Rugby Club on Sat 5th May with loads planned including charity rugby games - all very welcome :

See the video of the girls on Sky News from 17th Apriil, they show the huge support from rugby teams across the South West:


              Webb Ellis Somerset County Cup 

Webb Ellis Somerset County Vase 

Webb Ellis Somerset County Women’s Cup


Details of how to apply to participate in this season’s three Cup competitions have been circulated to Club Secretaries / Nominated League Contact. 

For the 2018/19 season entry to the Webb Ellis Somerset Cup, Webb Ellis Vase and Webb Ellis Somerset Women’s Cup competitions will be again by way of an ‘opt in’ by clubs.  

The closing date for entry into the three competitions is midnight on Friday, July 27, 2018 Late applications will not be considered.



RFU President's Value the Volunteer Outstanding Contribution Award

Every season each Constituent Body is asked to nominate one volunteer who has been an outstanding servant to the Game. 

Goff Rumbles, President of Somerton RFC, attended the RFU President's Value the Volunteer Outstanding Contribution Award where he is pictured receiving his award from Eddie Jones, England Head Coach, at the Players Post Match function in the Spirit of Rugby at Twickenham following the recent England v Wales international.

Click image for full size version.

This award is supported by Mitsubishi Motors under the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme



Webb Ellis Somerset County Women's Cup Final 2017/18

Bath Ladies 13 - 7 North Petherton Ladies

Bath Recreation Ground, Saturday, March 10, 2018

Bath Ladies ‘Babas’ retained the Webb Ellis Somerset County Women's Cupwith a 13-7 victory over North Petherton Ladies in a very evenly contested match, played in heavy conditions, at the Bath Recreation Ground as part of Bath Rugby Foundation's celebration of International Women's Day.

International referee Clare Daniels took charge of the game and also gave a talk to those interested in becoming a referee. Our thanks to Clare and her other match officials for giving of their time and support for the event. Congratulations to both squads for the great advertisement for Women's rugby in the County and our thanks to the Bath Rugby Foundation for the well-organised event held in some tricky conditions.

For a full report on the match together with more images see the Womens Cup page

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Update

Data laws are changing. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and represents a reshaping of the data protection landscape.

In simple terms, GDPR will help protect the personal data of those involved in rugby by requiring better governance and transparency. Organisations holding personal data, including constituent bodies, referee societies and clubs, will need to give more information to people about what they do with those people’s data, why, and for how long.

The RFU is pleased to provide guidance and resources via a toolkit, to help constituent bodies, referee societies and clubs work towards GDPR compliance, ahead of the Regulation coming in to force. The toolkit provides an overview of the Regulation, what it means for rugby, and some practical steps you can take to help prepare. It also contains some template policies and procedures you can put in place.

It can be downloaded by clicking here

Further support is available via the RFU’s Legal Helpline on 0330 303 1877. 

Please note, the RFU itself nor the Somerset County Rugby Football Union Limited is not able to give specific legal advice to clubs.

Women and girls rugby in Somerset

Women’s rugby at representative & development level is managed by Senior Rugby. The contact is Mark Hawkes ( Girl’s representative & development rugby at under 15 & U 18 level (the two recognised representative groups) are managed by age grade rugby. The contact for age grade is Jason Wheatley (

Our community rugby section supports all club rugby.

Somerset RFU Recruit and Retain Grants 2017/18 season

Following the continued success of the recruit and retain funding, Somerset RFU is once again offering financial support to clubs who are undertaking projects aimed to recruit Club volunteers, new players or encourage players to return to the game. Many clubs benefited from this support last year and feedback from the Meeting of Clubs and previous recipients of grants recognised its importance and ease of claiming. Projects this season are able to receive a maximum of £300 towards the costs involved.

Successful projects last season included open days with a barbecue, leaflet drop, newspaper and radio advertising, community activity, summer touch rugby evening, adopt a colt day, summer fair, sponsored marathon rugby game.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from clubs that to date have not applied – you are in the minority! The goal is to have supported all Somerset clubs by the end of 2017/18 season

Please contact your RDO or CRC if you would like assistance in completing the electronic application form and good luck with identifying different and fun ways of increasing your club membership!

All completed project forms and invoice, to claim the grant to be sent, by e-mail, to

I look forward to hearing from you
Alison Bennett
Chair Club Development

Community Rugby Injury Surveillance and Prevention project (CRISP)

Dr Simon Roberts at Bath University runs the community rugby injury surveillance and prevention project (CRISP). For the last eight seasonsthe team at the University of Bath, funded by the RFU as part of the RugbySafe research strand, has worked withstaff at a large number of English community clubs to draw together information on the injuries occurring in men's senior teams. Injury data collection is continuing and the team is currently recruiting men’s teams from RFU levels 3-9 to report on their match play injuries for season 2017-18.

Click here for full information and here for a flyer providing more information - the Project page with links to their publications can be foundhere

If your club is interested in taking part please respond directly to the contact details are given in the further information and on the foot of the flyer.

Bill Beaumont County Championship Division 2, Pool 2

SOMERSET just missed out on a place in the final of the Bill Beaumont County Championship Division 2 at Twickenham against Leicestershire, the Pool 1 winners, but were undefeated in their campaign.

In week two of the competition, Somerset drew with Hampshire as did the North Midlands with Warwickshire, so that set-up an intriguing finale to the Pool matches. Hampshire led the table from Somerset with a superior points difference of plus 20 points leaving more possible combinations that those to the Bank of England safe!. If Hampshire had a try-scoring victory at home to Warwickshire, then Somerset needed to win by twenty points, and take a bonus point plus more points than Hampshire’s winning margin at Havant.

Somerset did manage to secure a bonus-point victory over the North Midlands but it is Hampshire who went through to the final after a 39-10 victory over Warwickshire who has a player sent off after 23 minutes.

"It was all down to the week two result where we needed a victory – but it didn’t quite go our way" said Somerset's chairman of senior rugby, Mark Hawkes, "We know that going into to the last game that we had to win and came close to sealing the bonus point in the first half. But it was a close game at half time down at Havant after Warwickshire went down to 14-men. We haven’t been beaten this season so we remain very positive. We have quite a few young player coming through which makes thing bright for the future having built on last season's showing."

The revised structure of the Bill Beaumont County Championship means that the same sides will meet again next year and young Somerset squad look as though they will a strong force when they will have home advantage for two of their three Pool games.


North Midlands 20 -  Somerset 38
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Heathbrook
For match report click here

Hampshire 36 -  Somerset 36
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Gosport Park
For match report click here

Somerset 43 - 36 Hampshire
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Bridgwater & Albion RFC
For match report click here

Injury Reporting

Following several calls regarding the reporting of injuries, please refer to the RFU web site on ‘Injury Reporting’

The RFU recommend that all clubs, schools and organisations that run rugby activity keep a record any incidents both on and off the pitch. On the pitch it is good practice to provide first aiders with a book in which to record incidents that required their attendance.

The information kept can help identify injury and incident trends and possible areas for improvement in the control of health and safety risks. It can also be used for reference in future risk assessments.

This record book is not the same as the statutory accident book required under the H&SAW Regulations, though the two can be combined.

Reportable Injury Events

These are defined as:

• An injury which results in the player being admitted to a hospital (this does not include those that attend an Accident or Emergency Department and are allowed home from there).

• Deaths which occur during or within 6 hours of a game finishing.

Clubs and schools are also required to report injuries in which artificial grass pitches or equipment such as sports goggles are involved.

The Age Grade Clubs Advisory Group

Age Grade Chairman/Secretaries or those who take a key role in organising and delivering Age Grade Rugby in their clubs, are invited to a meeting to discuss the key challenges and opportunities in the club game.

These meetings are an opportunity to provide feedback and highlight where we should prioritise the efforts of the Advisory Group in the next 12 months and beyond.

Read the full invitation letter from Mark Saltmarsh here
Register directly here


"Aims and philosophy for Senior representative rugby teams"

Men’s County 1st XV :-

Selected from those eligible to represent the county at the highest level. Giving players who want the opportunity an environment which is special to play in with others and be the very best they can be whilst wearing the traditional "Hoops" of Somerset.

This team is selected by county selectors who invite players to attend training, development sessions, watch them at the clubs they represent and subsequently choose a "first team" that compete in the county championship.

Woman's County 1st XV :-

For developing and emerging female rugby players, this team is open to all who want to be the best they can be and have a desire to represent their County. Players who are eligible and attend county development days and training sessions will have the opportunity to be selected to represent this side.

A team that has no pressure other than that applied by the players themselves and one where all receive something new. A non RFU funded or pathway side. Players will however from this team have the opportunity to trial if selected at the RFU Senior Academy trials.

Men’s County Development XV :-

For developing and emerging rugby players

A team that is open to all who want to be the very best they can be and have a desire to represent their County. Players who are eligible and attend "county development days" and training sessions will have the opportunity to be selected to represent this side.

A team that has no pressure other than that applied by the players themselves and one where all receive something new. A non RFU funded side. A team that to date can say 14 of its players have gone on to play  County 1st XV rugby in the County Championship.

We are proud that this group of players all wore the county age grades shirts and all can be very very proud of their achievements in the past season.

We at the County look forward to discovering what the future holds for these gentlemen and ladies and those who are, and will be, proudly wearing their county's shirt at whatever level - better never stops!

Marlie Packer

Ollie Hayes

Freddy Burns

Nathan Catt

Kane Palma-Newport

Jack Cuthbert

Chris Cook

Olly Woodburn

Guy Mercer

Caryl Thomas

Danielle Waterman

Yann Thomas

Dave Ward





See our Community Rugby page for links to tackle coaching clips , which should be useful to your clubs and schools, along with a link to the new RFU training coursesfor 2016-17 . . . as well as important news and information on safeguarding for all local clubs

P F & R

Please follow the attached link to view how this year’s PFR funding is being utilised around clubs. Club spend analysis.

How Rugby Transformed My Foster Child

We have been asked by the Fostering Department at Somerset County Council to share a story about Fostering and Rugby. Please follow this link for the full story.

Appointment of Assistant County Safeguarding Officers

In order to strengthen our county safeguarding team the county committee has appointed Phil Hedley from Gordano RFC & Tracey Sweetland from Minehead Barbarians RFC as assistant county safeguarding officers. They will be the first point of call in Phil’s case for clubs in North Somerset (Division B) & in Tracy’s case for clubs in the Taunton, Bridgwater & West Somerset areas (Division D).

Dave Binding remains the county’s safeguarding manager and he and Sue Denmark will act as first point of call in the Bristol and Bath areas and until we can appoint someone in South Somerset for Division E clubs as well.

We are a large county geographically and we hope that by giving clubs a point of contact in their area it will help to strengthen safeguarding in clubs as a whole.

Contact details:
Dave Binding -
Sue Denmark -
Phil Hedley -
Tracey Sweetland -

Somerset courses
In Touch

In Touch , the newsletter of the RFU SW Player Development Pathwayis available here

Social Media

Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay and everyone should understand its benefits and pitfalls. Somerset County Rugby Football Union (SCRFU) is keen to promote the safe, responsible use of this technology.

Together with making its members aware of the potential risks and to share best practice, SRFU has produced the following guidance which we believe will be of interest to experts and casual users alike.

SCRFU Social Media guidelines

Facility Improvement and Tax Newsletter - No 7
This England Rugby Newsletter provides community sports clubs with updates on the tax issues impacting facility improvement projects. Get it here
Somerset Rugbee The Movie

Coaching Opportunities


Coaches can have a massive impact on the development of players and the shape of the game of rugby.

For many years Somerset County RFU have put out representative teams from U15 to 1st XV both male and female. These teams have been lead by volunteers from within the County. We are currently looking to add to these coaching teams in both the junior & senior sections.

Interested? Send a declaration of interest - outlining coaching qualifications, experience and philosophy to

  Closing date Sunday 14th August


The RFUs Positional Skills Handbook is available here

The county now has an on line kit shop so you can order directly through Webb Ellis. Training wear,replica shirts etc.