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Fri, Feb 5

Tor    26 v 0 Castle Cary Somerset Vase semi-final   
Sun, Feb 21
Dorset & Wilts U20s  26 v 19 Somerset U20s Salisbury RFC  
Sun, Feb 21 Cornwall U17s  12 v 5 Somerset U17s St Austell RFC  
Tues, Mar 1 Old Redcliffians  20 v 23 Weston-super-Mare

Somerset Cup semi-final 

 
Sat, Mar 12 North Petherton  34 v 40 Hornets Somerset Cup semi-final  
Sun, Mar 13 Somerset  U20s  24 v 24 Hampshire U20s Bridgwater & Albion RFC  
Fri, Mar 18 Dorset & Wilts U17s  27 v 5 Somerset U17s Sherborne RFC  
Wed, Mar 23 Somerset U 14s  10 v 25 Dorset & Wilts U14s Bath RFC  
Wed, Mar 23 Somerset U15s  15 v 20 Dorset & Wilts U15s Bath RFC  
Wed, Mar 23 Yatton  62 v 17 Tor Somerset Vase final
 
Wed, Apr 27 Somerset Dev'ment XV   v   Torbay Combination Taunton RFC  
Fri, Apr 29 Weston-super-Mare  27 v 31 Hornets Somerset Cup final
 
Sun, May 1 Devon Women  67 v 0 Somerset Women South West Plate
 
Sat, May 7 Devon 39  v 10  Somerset County Championship - Teignmouth  
Sun, May 8 Hampshire Women 67 v Somerset Women South West Plate - Fordingbridge  
Sat, May 14 Somerset 26  v 22  Kent County Championship - Taunton  
Sat, May 14
Somerset Women  cancelled  Cornwall Women South West Plate   
Sat, May 21 Somerset 14 v  7 North Midlands County Championship - Taunton  
             

  

Bill Beaumont Cup - Division 2 South - 2016

SOMERSET finished their Bill Beaumont Cup, Division 2 South campaign with two victories at Taunton RFC's Hyde Park ground having lost their opening game 39-10 against Devon at Teignmouth.

This was followed-up by a 26-22 victory over Kent, the favourites to regain their place in Division One South of the competition, and 14-7 against the North Midlands who were left to pick-up the dreaded 'Wooden Spoon', having lost all three of their games.

"I'm very pleased with the team, especially after the disappointing performance in the first game against Devon when we weren't able to field our strongest possible team due to other commitments," said Somerset head coach Mark Hawkes.

"It's just a shame that we are not in there at the last because of that first game. We had twenty new caps this season, nine who have progressed through from our development team last season.

"We spoke to 73 players this season and probably used around 35. The National League Two players certainly make an impact having played with the physicality and intensity every week so I am really pleased that they are with us."

See match reports here

Hornets retain the Somerset Cup 2015/16
Weston-super-Mare 27 - 31 Hornets
 

HORNETS needed extra time to retain Somerset County Rugby Football Union Cup when they made the short journey to face neighbours Weston-super-Mare. 

County President Des Chalmers presented the match officials, the losing finalists medals and trophy; then handed out the winners medals to the Hornets players before presenting acting-skipper Chris Francis with the Somerset Cup.

Photograph courtesy of John White Media. (click image for full size photogragh)

Somerset Vase Final 

Yatton 62 - 17 Tor

at Weston-super-Mare RFC, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Yatton ran in ten tries in their victory over Tor at Weston-super-Mare to lift the trophy on their first appearance in the Somerset Vase final. The match was a great advertisement of the quality of rugby played in the Tribute Somerset Premier league.

Yatton centre Ben Bowyer was named the 'Man of the Match' and the runners-up Vase, the Somerset Vase plus the players medals and plagues to the match officials, from the Somerset Referees' Society, were presented by the Somerset County RFU President Des Chalmers. 

Right wing Chris Edwards scored three tries for Yatton with two inside centre Tom Moore along with one each for Ben Bowyer, Nick Raymond, Nick Wakefield, Ed Ryder-Smith and Matt Gooding. Chris Harrison added four conversions and Lloyd Richardson one.

Prop Dumiso NCube and wing Jack Burge were the Tor try scorers with fly-half Dan Ferriday converting both and adding a penalty. 

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Former County Treasurer becomes Life Member

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.

Somerset County Shirts donated to SoS KitAid

Three sets of Somerset County Shirts were donated to SoS KitAid at the Somerset Women & Girls' Summer Touch Rugby Festival at Castle Cary on Sunday 2nd August.

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.

Somerset announces

"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      
Marlie Packer      
Chris Cook Marlie Packer Guy Mercer      
 Caryl Thomas    Nolli Waterman      
 Caryl Thomas   Dannielle Waterman       

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See our Community Rugby page for important news and information for all local clubs
About Age Grade Rugby

Following a four year review of rugby for under 18’s, led by the RFU, in consultation with a wide cross section of the game, the “new” Age Grade Rugby will roll out from September 2016.

The countdown is underway!

You can find more information about Kids First and Age Grade Rugby here.

Somerset courses
Several vacancies at Combe Down

For season 2016/17 Combe Down RFC is seeking to appoint a Physiotherapist, Senior backs coach and Assistant senior coach.

Further details can be found here. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact in the first instance: Steve Pearce, Club Captain s.pearce3@hotmail.co.uk

Coach vacancy

Currently playing in the Southern Counties South, running four senior sides as well as a thriving junior section and aiming for promotion to level, Midsomer Norton RFC has a coaching staff vacancy for the 2016-2017 season.

Further details can be found here. Contact: Mr Neil Denning – Chairman njdenning@blueyonder.co.uk

Closing date for applications 15th June 2016

Full time coach needed

Imperial RFC is looking for a full time coach to assist in the quest to be successful within Somerset Division 1. Excellent facilities include Gym, 3G Astro, modern changing facilities and private bar/lounge.

If you are interested please call either Club Secretary Craig Pullinger 07970 782060 or Chairman Aaron Binns 07968 788596

In Touch

In Touch, the newsletter of the RFU SW Player Development Pathway is 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 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.