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 Forthcoming Somerset games

Date Home Away VenueKO
16th November 2014 Oxford University U20 vs  Somerset RFU U20Oxford University 2:30pm
30th November 2014 Somerset RFU U20 vs  Warwickshire RFU U20Bridgwater & Albion RFC

See the Senior Rugby page and the table above for details.

Natwest Rugby Force

From today you can sign up at www.englandrugby.com/NatwestRugbyForce

NatWest RugbyForce 2015 will be helping rugby clubs the length and breadth of the country to get ready to open their clubhouses and be the place to watch England take on the best in the world. This is your opportunity to get behind England, help your club attract new members and become stronger and more sustainable for the future. Sign up before January 11th and you could be one of 350 clubs chosen to attend the new and improved programme of free workshops and gain goody packs!

If your club attends a workshop, you will receive £500 to go towards your project PLUS you could be one of 35 clubs selected on the basis of your project plan to receive additional support of £1,000, with £500 on offer to another 35 clubs.

Also see our Community Rugby page <here>

The U15s Girls had a very successful day at the annual South West Festival at Frome on 12 October achieving 6 wins out of six. Along the way the girls scored 119 points and conceded none.

The format of the Festival is a round robin competition with each side playing each other side in matches of 15 minutes in total. The Somerset squad of 25 girls rotated between matches so that everyone had a good amount of time on the pitch. Without exception the girls excelled. The backs passed the ball freely down the line, attacking spaces, supporting each other, communicating and linking well.

The forwards rucked cohesively and at a high tempo and again supported and offloaded impressively as well as dominating the set piece. As the score lines indicate it was also a faultless performance from a defensive perspective. Most importantly of all was the fact that every player thoroughly enjoyed the day and the squad bonded into a great unit.

In addition Somerset supplied 8 players from the U15s training squad to Oxfordshire for the day, each of whom distinguished themselves.

[Click on images for larger version]

The individual match scores were:

Somerset170Dorset & Wilts

Changing the game in youth sports: John O'Sullivan at TEDxBend

Published on 20 Jun 2014

O'Sullivan remembers when youth sports was about children competing with other children instead of adults competing with each other through their kids. Following nearly three decades as a soccer player and coach, O'Sullivan began working to reshape youth sports and inspire a major shift in culture. After serving as a youth coach for the Portland Timbers in Bend, he founded the Changing the Game Project and is now an international speaker and national best-selling author of Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports back to Our Kids. His writing has also been featured in the Huffington Post, Soccer America Magazine and The Soccer Wire.


 Tribute League Awards

The Tribute League Awards evening for Somerset clubs was held at TOR RFC on Friday,August 22, 2014. Somerset RFU President and Chairman Des Chalmers presented the following awards to club representatives

Tribute Somerset 3 South - Wellington
Tribute Somerset 3 North – Stothert & Pitt 2nds
Tribute Somerset 2 South – Cheddar Valley

Tribute Somerset 2 North – Chew Valley 2nds
Tribute Somerset 1 – Clevedon 2nds
Tribute Somerset Premier – Stothert & Pitt 1st

Tribute South West 2 – Hornets 1st

[All prize winners - click for full size image]

The Tribute ‘ You’ve earned it’ Award was presented to a club who were nominated for their perseverance and transformation over a few years from a Sunday XV to a competitive League team who have already gained promotion and finished a very creditable third in Somerset 2 South as well as becoming a full member of the RFU.

The Tribute ‘ You’ve earned it’ Award was presnted to Wyvern RFC

[John Warren (Tribute), Martin Howe, Des Chalmers (County President) and Chris Richards WYVERN RUGBY CLUB winners of the You've Earned it Trophy. Click for full size image]

A raffle was held during the evening which raised £164 and the monies will be donated to Children’s Hospice South West

Somerset RFU would like to thank St Austell Brewery - brewers of the Tribute beer - for sponsoring the leagues and to TOR RFC for hosting the evening

Photos to follow

Kent RFU 1st XV 28 - 9 Somerset RFU 1st XV - 24/5/2014 - Medway RFC

As we went through all the seasons in one afternoon at Medway RFC Kent came out deserved winners in the end although the score may have flattered them a little. Somerset handed debuts to 20 year old Nick Mason of Taunton RFC at full back and Callum Lynch 18 year old hooker, Carl Brown of North Petherton RFC and 22 year old Tom Crossman of Nailsea & Backwell RFC. Marcus Adams of Keynsham RFC another 18 year old also travelled as a reserve. These guys have all progressed through the county under 20’s and Development XV this season.  More . .

Somerset RFU 1st XV 20 - 15 Devon RFU 1st XV - 10/5/2014 - Bridgwater and Albion

The county coaching team were really pleased with the start to this game, going 12 nil up in as many minutes into the wind. As the game progressed it looked as though the home team would, if they could keep the ball, go on to a comfortable victory. The scrum went well, the front row of Woolmore, Wheeler and Booley looked a real handful and the outstanding back row of Gibbs, Fry and Spellisy featured in most things. Fry's dynamism and Gibbs power were key in most things the county did in defence and going forward as half time came. More . .

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 . . .


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 HayesDave WardFreddie BurnsYann Thomas   
Nathan CattKane Palmer-NewportJack CuthbertOlly Woodburn   
Marlie Packer   
Chris CookMarlie PackerGuy Mercer   
 Caryl ThomasNolli Waterman    
 Caryl ThomasDannielle Waterman    


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.


Smoke Free Sports Clubs

Smokefree Alliance Somerset is offering a grant of £500 to local sports clubs, who coach young people aged 10-16 for signing up to be smoke free.

Click here for details

Bonfire Risk Advisor

Please find information here that should be read carefully when planning a 5th November Bonfire night


   Somerset Rugbee The Movie

A vidyo for all of ee out there . . .

 The annual Remembrance Day match between the Combined Services v Barbarians due to take place at The Rec, Bath on Tuesday 11th November 2014 KO 7.30pm. Click poster for details

This event is held on behalf of the Royal British Legion and being the 100th anniversary of WWI it has great poignancy - both teams will be wearing poppies on their shirts – a unique thing for the Baa Baa’s.  

The Combined Service women will be playing Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park on Fri 7th Nov – this may also be of interest particularly to those with women’s and girl’s teams.

Click here for Somerset Ladies page

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.