The next Somerset game is Somerset Develeopment XV v Torbay Combination on 24/04/2015 at Wellington RFC KO 7.45
Somerset County Rugby Football Union has launched a NEW Fixture Exchange ahead of the 2015/16 season which does not require you to hold an account or, in fact, play in Somerset. You can offer or seek a game against various levels of opposition; state whether home or away; how far you are prepared to travel as well as the contact details of the person who has posted the message.
It is based on a similar system that has been running in Essex and East Anglia for the last twelve years. The system consists of three exchanges, one for senior men, one for youth and mini/midi teams and one for ladies and girls.
Please read the easy-to-follow instructions and pass the word around other clubs. We hope that it will be beneficial to clubs in the County as well as those, perhaps, seeking to tour the area. The link to the Exchange Page can be found on the left-hand side of this page.
The County welcomes your feedback on this and other matters, via the feedback link at the top right of this page.
Somerset County Rugby Football Union has granted Mike Berry Life Membership after the Bridgwater & Albion president stood down as the County's Treasurer at the 2015 Annual General Meeting at Burnham-on-Sea RFC.
Somerset President Des Chalmers commented "Mike Berry will be a very hard act to follow but we have to remember that he only agreed to become Treasurer on a temporary basis back in 2003 and during that time he was also President for two years". "The County recognised his valuable contribution at the AGM by presenting him with a whiskey decanter and also making him a Life Member. We know that Mike will continue to be seen around the County even though he has now retired from playing."
Berry has been on the County committee for 22 years and spent 50 years playing for Bridgwater & Albion having made his debut in 1965. His final game was in a 51-27 3rdXV victory when Somerton kindly and willingly provided the opposition back in April. Bridgwater & Albion led 46-27 in the closing minutes but there was time left for the crowning moment for scrum half Berry to rumble over on the back of a long driving maul - his first try for ten seasons but the 237th of his Albion career. The club held a Celebration Dinner in Mike's honour at the end of April when the guest speakers were Sir Gareth Edwards, the former Wales and British & Irish Lions scrum half and ex-Millfield pupil, and Father Mike Derrick.
Chalmers added: "We welcome Mike Wicks to the committee and believe that he has the appropriate skills, knowledge and passion to take the County's RFU forward at this exciting and developing time in the sport." Mike Wicks, who has been playing for Wellington since he was seven and currently manages the Property Finance team within Debenhams in Taunton, was appointed at the County's new Treasurer at the AGM.
Due to the generosity of Morris & Perry Limited, Somerset U15s and U18s Girls will have new shirts for the 2015/16 Season and the County wanted to ensure that the old shirts were put to good use. SoS KitAid is a charity which takes old but serviceable kit which is being replaced, and delivers it to clubs, mostly abroad, where funds are not available to buy new shirts. According to Ross Young, the SoSKitAid Representative for the South West, to date SoSKitAid has collected and distributed approximately £5 million worth of old but serviceable sets of rugby shirts to clubs in need around the world.
The picture on the right shows Ross Young being presented with a sample Somerset Girls U18 Shirt by Alison Bennett, Somerset RDP in the presence of two teams of girls, Yatton RFC and Bristol Telephone Area RFC, with the Festival going on in the background. In all 3 full sets of shirts and some spares were handed to the charity.
13 teams of women and girls (approximately 130 players in all) took part in the Somerset Women & Girls’ Summer Touch Rugby Festival which pitted players of all ages and experience against each other. Minehead RFC fielded the youngest (12) and oldest (60) player on the day. Girls who have reached the England Under 18 Talent Development Group played alongside and against girls, and women just starting out on their rugby career, and many of those who have represented Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset & Wiltshire at U15 and U18 as well as the South West took part.
Several of the pther teams are pictured (click images for a full sized version), but unfortunately this is not all participants as some clubs had long journeys and had leave once the playing was over.
Clubs taking part (in some cases with a couple of teams and in others with just a few girls who combined with girls from other clubs to make a team) were:
Cleve RFC, Bristol Telephone Area RFC, Castle Cary RFC, Somerton RFC, Minehead RFC, Cheddar RFC, Yatton, Wells RFC, Melksham RFC, Frome RFC, Bradford on Avon RFC.
It will be on display at the Odd Down Sports Ground for its official opening on Monday (July 13). Joining in with the celebrations will be Jason Leonard, the current RFU President, and former England and British Lions player and 2003 Rugby World Cup winner, Exeter City football manager Paul Tisdale, and former England cricketer, Mike Gatting.
The day will include touch rugby tournaments, cycling activities, football coaching and face painting. It will be open to the public from 2pm for people to have their photos taken with the Webb Ellis Cup.
This will be followed in the evening by a question and answer session with Bath Rugby legends David Trick, Danny Grewcock, Lee Mears and Matt Perry at the Guildhall. More than 350 people have been invited to the event after 500 people entered a competition on the Bath Chronicle Facebook page to win 50 tickets for the evening event.Images 1 2 3 4 5 6
"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!
|Olly Hayes||Dave Ward||Freddie Burns||Yann Thomas|
|Nathan Catt||Kane Palma-Newport||Jack Cuthbert||Olly Woodburn|
|Chris Cook||Marlie Packer||Guy Mercer|
|Caryl Thomas||Dannielle Waterman|
To assist clubs in navigating the new CASC guidance (April 2015), the RFU has published new support guides. This includes documents and guidance in relation to setting up a trading subsidiary which may be required to meet the new conditions. See the RFU guidance & supporting documents here.
Clubs should contact Dave Stubley or Alex Thompson for the latest information on becoming or retaining CASC Status.
Dave Stubley – Club Management & Volunteer Manager Tel: 07736 722 387 Email: email@example.com
Alex Thompson – Club Management & Governance Manager Tel: 07894 489 756 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE USB COACHING TOOL
Your club or school can now obtain a USB memory stick with a number of 'Games for Understanding' for use by your club coaches or class teachers.
Somerset RFU have funded this initiative in conjunction with former Somerset RDO Nevil Jeffery. The resource contains ideas and sessions on ATTACK, DEFENCE, KICKING, LINEOUT, STRATEGIC and REACTIVE DECISION MAKING alongside games to benefit CONDITIONING.
To get your hands on one of these resources then your Club Coach Coordinator, Junior Chairman or Master in Charge of Rugby must send an email to email@example.com and then we will arrange delivery of the USB.
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 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.