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Forthcoming Somerset games

Date     VenueKO
3rd or 18th May 2014Somerset 1st XV vs Torbay CombinationTBCTBC
10th May 2014Somerset 1st XV vs Devon RFUBridgwater and  Albion RFC TBC
11th May 2014Somerset Ladies 1st XV vs Devon Ladies RFUBridgwater and Albion RFC TBC
24th May 2014Kent RFC vs Somerset 1st XVMedway RFC, Kent TBC
18th May 2014Somerset Ladies 1st XV vs Dorset & WiltsBridgwater and Albion RFCTBC

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

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 . . .


Somerset RFU is pleased to announce the launch of the County Innovation fund project - Bringing back 17-24 year olds to the game. This project is part of a wider RFU initiative aimed at retaining and recruiting 16-24 year olds to help develop the game. Bringing back players from the 16-24 age group is a major strand of the RFU’s Lead up and Legacy work.

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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)

Somerset - the forthcoming season

The County is currently looking at preparing for fixtures for the senior sides this forthcoming season, the 20's will play Oxford University, Oxfordshire & Warwickshire and every young man that has the opportunity to represent either this side or the Under 18's should have the goal in their minds of playing in the county 1st XV at the end of the season. They should also be keen to force their way into contention to play for the South West Divisional side and England Counties U20 XV. Last season local player Mike Flook, formerly of Keynsham now playing at Dings Crusaders, played for the second season on the trot for his division and his Country at this level as a result of his county experience. Subsequently touring Georgia with England U20's and to France with the Senior county team.

The senior group is also organising its new seasons fixtures at Saxons and 1st XV level. Again the county has been invited to play against Bath United at the recreation ground in the new year - a fantastic opportunity for county players to be a part of a special rugby experience. For some, a once in a lifetime experience and a special night for them and their clubs.

The end of the season once again sees the 1st XV involved in more Bill Beaumont RFU Championship fixtures. Kent coming into the group as the new team; it will be good to see how the 1st XV handle their new challenges and what new players have challenged themselves throughout the season to be part of a special county team.



A really positive season for senior representative rugby in Somerset

 Grass roots rugby showed how there is still a passion to wear the county shirt. The county has again seen players from all reaches of the county represent themselves and their clubs at county level. The ethos of "being the best you can be" will always be a positive one and 62 players have played in the county development team "saxons" from under 20's and all points of the compass. Read more...

BR L to R - A.Gibbs M.Hudd D.Hodge S.Williams E.Booley D.Hawkes M.Uren S.Coster J.Oakley A.Taylor E.Bowler C.Britton - FR L to R - C.Meddick L.Couzens M.Spencer R.Dempsey S.Harrison E.Hack R.Hickery B.Roberts M.Watkins T.Vakalutukali  
BR Left to Right - D.Hawkes H.Mitchell-Heggs B.Harvey B.Barnes S.Pape E.Hack M.Hudd M.Quoi C.Rowlands V.Murrell S.Steer D.Hilton J.Claydon - FR Left to Right - W.Webster O.Streeter R. T.Thie. R.Dempsey A.Bellamy R.McQuire M.Watkins R.Hickory

**Full size images can be found in the gallery

2013 Paris Tourists

C.Britton (Dings), J.Andrews (Chard), J.Oakley (Dings), D.Tolman (Taunton Utd), A.Gibbs (North Petherton), J.Hall (Old Redcliffians), J.Cooke (Dings), S.McQueen (Frome), L.Blizzard (Weston super Mare), S.Coster (Old Redcliffians), D.Griffin (North Petherton), D.Fry (Old Redcliffians), B.Roberts (Clifton), D.Richmond (Taunton Utd), T.Cheney (Keynsham), N.Mason (Taunton United), J.Carter (North Petherton), A.Harney (Taunton Utd), J.Paul (Burnham on Sea), D.Cox (Cleve), S.Williams (North Petherton), R.Dempsey (Dings), A.Taylor (Wellington), E.Hack (Dings), E.Bowler (Frome), M.Heggs (Royal Navy), M.Spencer (Dings), J.Steer (Old Redcliffians), M.Flook (Dings)


Bath United 62 v 0 Somerset XV
(The Rec Monday 8th April 2013)

An exciting evening for Somerset's players as they played on the Rec and an evening that all who participated won't ever forget. The plan was to put out two teams, really so all that wanted to participate could be seen by the coaches in planning for the county championship, and out of respect to the clubs these guys play for in their busy seasons limit their game time to a maximum of 30-40 mins.

It turned out well with new faces to the fore and a number of guys putting their hands up for county selection. Bath United with a typically strong side never expected to lose and made that very clear with the pace and dynamic of the first twenty minutes, scoring 28 points. The 14-0 of last year at half time with Donald etc playing was a distant memory. The score went out to 38 at half time. Read more...


Seal of Approval has now been replaced by Accreditation and a number of clubs have made progress towards achieving the new award. Gordano, Frome and Yatton received the award automatically due to achieving Whole Club Seal of Approval last year. All 3 clubs were invited to Twickenham for the presentation of the award (see photo of Chairman Paul Griffen and wife Lesley who is the Secretary, from Yatton). In the meantime Walcot and Castle Cary got out of the blocks first and are the joint first Accredited clubs in Somerset.

Viv Armson, Secretary at Castle Cary said: “The Accreditation Scheme is a vast improvement over Seal
of Approval. The guidelines are helpful in giving you assistance with implementing procedures and practices that help you to run your rugby club in an orderly and compliant manner. It's certainly helped us in many areas. If your club is already running well, the scheme is not onerous at all to implement“.

For many clubs it takes just one meeting with your RDO to complete the paperwork so please get in touch. Following completion a presentation is organised with John Hole, President of Somerset RFU and RFU Press Officer’s will cover the event to publicise the club and its achievement.

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.


Somerset RFU men's open development days
6 & 13th April 2014
11am to 1pm at Worle school

These sessions welcome anyone who would like play for their county assist the county with selecting players for forthcoming fixtures.

 Open Ladies & Coach development day
County trial

At Gordano RFC on Easter Monday from 10:30am to 1pm.

Any Player playing in the county is welcome to attend, whether it is just for personal development or an opportunity to represent their county. Girls playing at Under 18 are also welcome.

This invitation is extended to club coaches working with Womens & Girls teams in the county.

The criteria to play for the county are as follows:

  • Born in the county of Somerset
  • Playing Club or FE/HE rugby in the county
  • Living in the county

(The County includes Bristol clubs south of the river)

Please come and have a go at playing for your county.

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.


Somerset U18’s vs Oakville Red Devils

March 6th 2014, the long awaited match against a Canadian touring side, kick off was a little late, the drizzle had taken hold and the wind had even managed to pick up a bit just to make conditions for fast flowing rugby difficult at best. Despite this, from the kick off, it was clear that Somerset were ready for a battle. It was a good job as Oakville came prepared . . . more



The county would like to give clubs the opportunity to gain free tickets  for players 17 and under to the Somerset v Devon County men’s and women’s games Saturday 10th May at Bridgwater & Albion RFC.

This will be a fantastic day out for your teams!

Max 25 tickets per club, first come first served, emailpaul.shepherd@somersetrfu.co.uk or mark.hawkes@somersetrfu.co.uk

Information required : Club Name, Contact email, Number of Tickets (25 Max), Delivery address.

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.