Somerset County Rugby Football Union Limited Est. 1875

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Forthcoming games and recent results
Date (2016/7) Home       Away
Venue & Notes KO
Apr 23 Somerset Women 32 v 46  Buckinghamshire Women Gill Burns Women’s County Championship @ Burnham-on-Sea RFC 2.30pm
Apr 30 Hertfordshire Women 25 v 12  Somerset Women Gill Burns Women’s County Championship @ Harpenden RFC 2pm
May 6 Somerset 43 v 14 Warwickshire County Championship tier 2 at Bridgwater & Albion RFC 3pm
May 7 Hampshire Women 58 v  0  Somerset Women Women's County Plate @  Fordingbridge RFC 2.30pm
May 13 Hampshire 36 v 36 Somerset County Championship tier 2 @ Gosport & Fareham RFC 3pm
May 14 Somerset Women 17 v 43 Essex Women Gill Burns Women’s County Championship @ Bridgwater & Albion RFC 2.30pm
May 20 North Midlands 20 v 38  Somerset County Championship tier @ Dudley Kingswinford

Minehead Barbarians RFC Mini & Junior Section

Despite rumours to the contrary, Minehead Barbarians would like to inform everyone that their Mini & Junior section is running and has not folded - it is very much
business as usual
and Minehead are actively seeking fixtures.

Please contact their chairman Simon Hutchinson to arrange a fixture with them

Safeguarding Events

We are arranging a number of events throughout the county to assist club safeguarding officers which will be ran by the County safeguarding manager Dave Binding and RDO Matt Bray.

We have arranged the following:

  • Saturday 9th September - Odd Down (BA2 2PR), 13:00 – 16:30
  • Sunday 17th September – Bridgwater & Albion RFC (TA6 4TZ), 13:00 – 16:30

Teas, coffees and biscuits upon arrival with lunch provided. Agenda to follow with suggestions welcome from CSO’s.

Neil Skinner
Secretary Somerset RFU

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 seasons the team at the University of Bath, funded by the RFU as part of the RugbySafe research strand, has worked with staff 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 found here

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.

Somerset RFU Rugby Safe Manager

Somerset RFU are seeking a suitable candidate to fill the role of Rugby Safe Manager within the County. The purpose of this role is to ensure that player welfare is highlighted and managed for the county’s representative sides and to provide a point of contact and support for clubs within the county on player welfare and the provision of medical and first aid assistance to clubs and players.

For further information click here

This is a purely voluntary role and will report into the county’s management committee. The closing date for applications is the 1st August 2017.

Applications should be sent by email to Neil Skinner, Secretary, Somerset RFU -

Inner Warrior

Since the successful launch in January (Inner Warrior Film), the recent campaign in May to attract more women to contact rugby has certainly proved to be a success!

  • Over 2500 Women & Girls took part across approx. 150 camps
  • Over 1000 new players attended
  • See snapshot of some of the successes here - Inner Warrior Round Up May 2017

And so, to build on this we are now running another Inner Warrior Camp campaign from Fri 18 August to Sun 3 September. This is also during the Womens World Cup so a great time to recruit new players to your team!

What’s in it for your club?

Your inner Warrior Camp will receive:

  • Support from local England Rugby staff in the build-up and during your event.
  • National promotion through England Rugby’s website including sign up options for new people.
  • Links to a national campaign across England Rugby channels and press that will be re-launched just ahead of all events.
  • Access to the England Rugby Brand Centre to design your club poster/flyer/social media banner and use the event guide with England Rugby imagery and phrases.
  • There will be opportunities in each area for certain events to be supported with further resources once the applications are in.

What do I have to do to register?

What does the club do next?

  • Start planning how you are going to run and promote your Inner Warrior Camp, ensuring the whole club buys into this. After all, this could result in more members!
  • Think of what will encourage local non-rugby women / girls to come down and have a go – not necessarily always rugby related!
  • Once your event has been accepted as an Inner Warrior Event, get it on social media and ensure you share it regularly with as many local groups as possible

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming lots of new women and girls into the Rugby Family!

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

The Webb Ellis Somerset County Cup, Vase and Women’s Cup 2016/2017

The Webb Ellis Somerset County Cup Final
Weston-super-Mare 33 Clevedon 19
Click for match summary, results from previous rounds and photographs

The Webb Ellis Somerset County Vase Final
Tor 21 Yeovil 19
Click for match summary, results from previous rounds and photographs

The Webb Ellis Somerset County Women's Cup Final
Bath Ladies BaBas 64 Chew Valley Cats 25
Click for match summary and photographs

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

Bath Old Edwardians RFC Head Coach Vacancy

Having secured back-to-back promotions Bath Old Edwardians are looking to build on this recent success in Somerset 1 this season 2017/18 (Level 9).

We have a cohesive and youthful team, which are most comfortable playing heads up expansive rugby. We are now looking for a new coach to be part of the continued development and future successes.

Click here for further details

For more information or to register your interest in the role please contact Steve Rawlings on 07764 934353 or email:

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.