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Forthcoming games and recent results
Date (2016/7) Home       Away
Venue & Notes KO
Nov 19th Cornwall U15 Girls   v   Somerset U15 Girls Camborne RFC (TR14 7PW)
Nov 19th Cornwall U18s Girls   v   Somerset U18s Girls Camborne RFC (TR14 7PW) 2:30pm
Dec 2nd Buckinghamshire U18s Boys   v   Somerset U18s Boys Hornets RFC (BS22 8LY) 2:00pm
Dec 3rd Gloucestershire U15s Girls   v   Somerset U15s Girls Drybrook RFC (GL17 9EU) 2.30pm
Dec 3rd Gloucestershire U18s Girls   v   Somerset U18s Girls Drybrook RFC (GL17 9EU) 2.30pm
Dec 16th Somerset U18s Boys   v   Cornwall U18s Boys Hornets RFC (BS22 8LY) 2:00pm

Webb Ellis Somerset County Cup 2017/18

Quarter Final Results

Bath University 35 Weston-super-Mare 28 (played at Weston-super-Mare RFC)

Bridgwater & Albion 61 Midsomer Norton17

Chew Valley 7 Hornets 41

Clevedon 59 Burnham-on-Sea 7 


First Round: Weston-super-Mare 47 North Petherton 20

Byes: Bath University, Bridgwater & Albion, Burnham-on-Sea, Chew Valley, Clevedon, Hornets, Midsomer Norton.


Somerset County Rugby Football Union Limited

It is a very exciting time for our sport and the growth it offers. Somerset County RFU are grasping the opportunities to expand the game and welcome both new players and those who want to return to the game. The County is looking for a person who wants to be at the centre of these activities and more.

The successful candidate will provide Administrative support to the Management Committee and the Governance and Finance Committee. Your duties will include organising and attending various meetings and County Representative matches. You will represent the County on various regional and national committees, be the first point of contact for the Rugby Football Union and the various clubs within the County of Somerset. You will identify opportunities to help promote the game to new and diverse audiences and engage with multiple stakeholders. It will involve building and maintaining key relationships within the Community game.

This is an annual hour’s contract which will require flexibility to work some evenings and weekends. You must be computer literate and be able to travel using either your own or public transport. We are looking to appoint a suitable candidate to commence their duties from February 1st 2018.

All CV's should be sent to received by 5pm on Friday December 1st 2017. Interviews for the role will be held during December 2017. Click here for the job description. Further information can be obtained from

Register Your January Warrior Camp now!

Since launching England Rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign in January 2017, over 7,000 women have picked up a rugby ball as a result of attending over 350 Warrior Camps across the country.   Since launching England Rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign in January 2017, over 7,000 women have picked up a rugby ball as a result of attending over 350 Warrior Camps across the country.

The latest August Warrior Camps saw:

  • Over 2500 Women & Girls take part across approx. 170 camps
  • Over 800 new players

Click here to read highlights from some of the latest camps.

The next phase of Warrior Camps will run from Friday 12th to Sunday 28th January 2018. As the camps coincide with the new year, the key message around this campaign will be ‘New Year, New You’.

What’s in it for your club?
Your Warrior Camp will receive:

  • Support from local England Rugby staff in the build-up to and during your event.
  • National promotion through England Rugby’s Inner Warrior website ( including sign up options for people to register for your camp
  • Exposure within regional and national media as part of England Rugby’s nationwide communications campaign
  • Access to the England Rugby Brand Centre to design your Warrior Camp club poster/flyer/social media banner. The Brand Centre also provides an event guide to help you plan and run your camp.


There will also be a number of opportunities within each areas for clubs to receive additional resources and giveaways.

Things to consider if you are deciding whether to run a Warrior Camp:

  • What is the best date within the Warrior Camp window for you to run your camp?
  • Who can be on your event team to ensure it’s a successful event?
  • Who else within the club do you need to work with? (Committee? Sponsors? Groundsman? Catering?)
  • Separate event from your usual training sessions and aimed at new or returning players
  • Follow up sessions post your inner warrior event
  • If new people join your club as a result of the Warrior Camp, do you have enough capacity to cater for their development?


How to register

  • Agree date and time with the relevant people within your club, including your RDO / CRC
  • Simply click HERE to register your event. This will take less than 5mins if you know the date and time of your event
  • Apply by Friday 17th November in order to be considered for the January Warrior Camp wave. You will be informed by Friday 1st December if your Warrior Camp has been approved.


What happens next?

  • Start planning how you are going to run and promote your 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. Remember, it doesn’t have to necessarily always be rugby related.
  • Once your event has been accepted as a Warrior Camp, shout about it on social media using our brand assets to ensure as many people across the local community are aware that it is happening.


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

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

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.