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Tribute League Awards

The Tribute League Awards evening for Somerset clubs was held at TOR RFC on Friday, August 22, 2014. Somerset RFU President and Chairman Des Chalmers presented the following awards to club representatives

  • Tribute Somerset 3 South - Wellington
  • Tribute Somerset 3 North – Stothert & Pitt 2nds
  • Tribute Somerset 2 South – Cheddar Valley
  • Tribute Somerset 2 North – Chew Valley 2nds
  • Tribute Somerset 1 – Clevedon 2nds
  • Tribute Somerset Premier – Stothert & Pitt 1st
  • Tribute South West 2 – Hornets 1st

The Tribute ‘ You’ve earned it’ Award was presented to a club who were nominated for their perseverance and transformation over a few years from a Sunday XV to a competitive League team who have already gained promotion and finished a very creditable third in Somerset 2 South as well as becoming a full member of the RFU.

The Tribute ‘ You’ve earned it’ Award was presnted to Wyvern RFC

A raffle was held during the evening which raised £164 and the monies will be donated to Children’s Hospice South West

Somerset RFU would like to thank St Austell Brewery - brewers of the Tribute beer - for sponsoring the leagues and to TOR RFC for hosting the evening

Photos to follow


Forthcoming Somerset games

Date Home   Away
10th May 2014Somerset RFU 1st XV20vs15Devon RFU 1st XVBridgwater and  Albion RFC 2:30pm
11th May 2014Dorset & Wilts Ladies 1st XVn/avsn/aSomerset Ladies 1st XVCancelled by opposition
17th May 2014Torbay Combination “Sharks”14vs19Somerset Development XVNewton Abbot RFC 2:30pm
11th May 2014Somerset Ladies 1st XV33vs10Devon Ladies RFU 1st XVNorth Petherton RFC 2:30pm
24th May 2014Kent RFU 1st XV28vs9Somerset RFU 1st XVMedway RFC, Kent TBC


See the Senior Rugby page and the table above for details.

Kent RFU 1st XV 28 - 9 Somerset RFU 1st XV - 24/5/2014 - Medway RFC

As we went through all the seasons in one afternoon at Medway RFC Kent came out deserved winners in the end although the score may have flattered them a little. Somerset handed debuts to 20 year old Nick Mason of Taunton RFC at full back and Callum Lynch 18 year old hooker, Carl Brown of North Petherton RFC and 22 year old Tom Crossman of Nailsea & Backwell RFC. Marcus Adams of Keynsham RFC another 18 year old also travelled as a reserve. These guys have all progressed through the county under 20’s and Development XV this season.  More . .

Somerset RFU 1st XV 20 - 15 Devon RFU 1st XV - 10/5/2014 - Bridgwater and Albion

The county coaching team were really pleased with the start to this game, going 12 nil up in as many minutes into the wind. As the game progressed it looked as though the home team would, if they could keep the ball, go on to a comfortable victory. The scrum went well, the front row of Woolmore, Wheeler and Booley looked a real handful and the outstanding back row of Gibbs, Fry and Spellisy featured in most things. Fry's dynamism and Gibbs power were key in most things the county did in defence and going forward as half time came. More . .

Bath United 34 - 7 Somerset RFU - 14/4/2014 - The Recreation Ground, Bath.

A big group of players in every way pulled on their county shirt and had a great evening at Bath. 42 players managed to get on the pitch against the Guinness A league champions Bath United captained by former County player Kane Palma-Newport. Players from levels 4 down to 9 were given the honour to challenge themselves and it looked as though they loved it. Rugby really was "for all" and all wanted to be there. More . . .


Ollie HayesDave Ward   Yann ThomasKane Palma-Newport

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 discover what the future holds for these gentlemen and those who are, and will be, proudly wearing their county's shirt at whatever level - better never stops!

      Freddy Burns
Jack CuthbertNathan Catt Guy Mercer Chris CookOlly Woodburn

On Sat 18th June Crewkerne held an ex-player reunion at their new clubhouse facility in the heart of the town. Past and present members celebrated the end of a long road to get the facility funded and built. Over 100 ex-players attended, sharing memories and stories over lunch before a first team fixture versus Wells 2nd which the home side won 73-0.

Apart from having a great day with a good bar take the club have since been able to recruit a number of volunteers & supporters from their ex-player base, many of which haven’t been involved in the club for over ten years. The club plans to continue the event annually and build on their current 2 adult teams & mini section.

They have just achieved Accreditation too!

Sharing Good Practice The Club Feature allows you to know what is working for other Somerset clubs; recruitment drives, social events, money-making projects, anything that is worth sharing because it could make a difference at your club - It is reproduced here from the Somerset Rugby Development Newsletter.

New Sedgemoor Rugby Development Centre

Bridgwater & Albion RFC, North Petherton RFC, and Bridgwater College are jointly launching an exciting Rugby Football Union-backed player development project, commencing Tuesday 28 January.

The project will provide structured, high quality coaching to local male rugby players in years 10 and 11, together with additional training for players who are part of Bridgwater College’s Team BC Rugby.    

Sessions will be delivered at Bridgwater College by a lead RFU coach, alongside coaches from Bridgwater & Albion RFC and North Petherton RFC. The coaching curriculum will focus on individual technical development, plus dedicated fitness training using the College’s Fitness Zone.

Hamish Morton, Further Education RFU Development Officer said, “We hope that the Sedgemoor Rugby Development Centre will establish mutually beneficial links between two proactive rugby clubs and Bridgwater College, as well as with local schools in the area. Providing quality coaching, advice and support to young players in these key age groups will develop them into more capable individuals and help retain them within the game both at College and at their rugby clubs.”

Steve Smith, Bridgwater & Albion Chairman said, “This is a genuinely exciting opportunity, through the combination of the two leading local clubs, a major education establishment and the game’s governing body working in partnership to develop rugby football in and around Bridgwater.”

Bill Frost, North Petherton RFC Chairman said, “We are looking forward to getting involved in this exciting local project. It’ll undoubtedly be valuable to everyone

involved and, most significantly, help provide some high quality coaching for our young players.”

Places are limited, so under 15 and under 16 male rugby players who are interested in registering or finding out more information should email sport@bridgwater.ac.uk with their name, date of birth, school and current club.


Left to right: Clive Pearn (North Petherton RFC), Steve Smith (Bridgwater & Albion RFC), Hamish Morton (RFU), David Pomeroy (Bridgwater & Albion RFC), Bill Frost (North Petherton RFC), Luke Buckingham (Bridgwater College)


The annual Remembrance Day match between the Combined Services v Barbarians due to take place at The Rec, Bath on Tuesday 11th November 2014 KO 7.30pm. Click poster for details

This event is held on behalf of the Royal British Legion and being the 100th anniversary of WWI it has great poignancy - both teams will be wearing poppies on their shirts – a unique thing for the Baa Baa’s.  

The Combined Service women will be playing Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park on Fri 7th Nov – this may also be of interest particularly to those with women’s and girl’s teams.

Click here for Somerset Ladies page

Recruit & Retain pot £250 for every club

The Recruit & Retain pot is available until the end of May. Please take advantage of this opportunity to put £250 towards a project of your choice. If it helps keep players or recruit new ones it will be considered. Simple application form here.

The following clubs have successfully gained funding already:

Old Culverhaysians, Wincanton, Ivel Barbarians, Stothert and Pitt, Bridgwater & Albion, Morganians, Castle Cary, Wiveliscombe, Cheddar Valley, Gordano, Winscombe

Why not apply for the R&R pot to put some of your coaches on the coaching or first aid courses! See below

First Aid courses

1 free place for each club


Funded by SCRFU - find your local course below and email me with the name & email address of your candidate. Any additional places are £45 per head if you would like to get a few more of your volunteers qualified-very competitive price for an excellent course-first come first served.

North & West at Clevedon RFC Sat 31st May 9-4pm

BANES at Bath RFC (Lambridge) Sat 14th June 9-4pm

South & Central at Tor RFC Sun 15th June 9-4pm

Coaching and Managerial Vacancies

Somerset RFU are looking to appoint coaches and managers for the six county age grade sides and the 12 district teams that are run by the Constituent Body.

These appointments will be made for the 2014/15 and in to the 2015/16 season pending a review after year one.

Somerset RFU welcomes applications from all.

Details on the roles can be found on the vacancies page.

Quality DVD's of the Senior and Saxons XV games now the U16 Super Six Finals Night are available from Roy Murgatroyd: email roy.murgatroyd@homecall.co.uk

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.