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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 . . .


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)


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 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.



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.