The next Somerset game is Somerset Develeopment XV v Torbay Combination on 24/04/2015 at Wellington RFC KO 7.45
County Secretary Vacancy
Part time – 20 hours approx per week - Competitive salary - Home based
It is a very exciting time for our sport as we approach the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the growth it offers. Somerset County RFU will be grasping the opportunities the Cup will offer 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 to take over this very important and rewarding role, someone who wants to be at the centre of these activities and more . . .
For further details see our vacancies page
North Midlands 48 Somerset 19
May 23, 2015
Two tries on his county debut for Weston-super-Mare wing Sylvan Edwards, one of which was converted by Cleve full back Joe Hall who also converted his own touchdown, was too little - too late for Somerset in their final County Championship game of the season. Those scores all came in the final quarter of the match at Stourton Park in Stourbridge with the North Midlands having notched-up their 48 points having run in seven tries, including three touchdown in an eleven minute burst.
Surrey, who had a 33-31 victory over Devon at Oakhampton, progress to the final at Twickenham against Eastern Counties, who had topped Division Two North with victories over the East Midlands and Northumbria. Somerset will continue in Division Two South for the 2015/16 season where they will again face Devon and Kent who have been relegated from Division One South following defeats by Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Hertfordshire.
During their three matches this season Somerset had used 32 players, including eight Under 20s players, drawn from 18 different clubs with 15 players making their county debuts. Skipper Ed Hack (Dings Crusaders), Jake Woolmore, Brett Harvey (both Taunton), Ian Gardiner (Launceston), Kieran Norris (Walcot) and Joe Hall (Cleve) played in all three matches.
A late converted penalty try gave Midsomer Norton victory in the Somerset Vase final at Weston-super-Mare in a hard fought match against Bristol Harlequins watched by around 200 vocal supporters.
Sunday, April 12th 2015 Sunday 12th of April saw a day of County Cup Finals at at Weston-super-Mare RFC for the 14, 15, 16 & 18 years age groups. All of the matches were played in the right sprit and contained everything that a cracking cup final should contain - excitement and drama to the end!
Three tries saw a Somerset Development XV, featuring players from 12 clubs across the county including ten Under 20 players, to a 17-12 victory over Torbay Combination at Wellington RFC
The Somerset side - coached by Tom Thie (who has twenty caps to his name), Vince Murrell, Kevin Instance and Paul Shepherd - made a solid start when skipper Mitch Quoi (Chew Valley) pounced on a Torbay error to score the opening try.
Good build-up and a break by wing Jack Pope found his Burnham-on-Sea team mate Jordan Paul but the full back was pulled downshift of the line. The ball was recycled quickly for Winscombe second row Tom Cooksey for score.
Torbay reduced the arrears with a converted try before Somerset score their third try which started from a scrum in front of the posts and Bristol Harlequins No.8 Dan Pearce broke on the blindside.
He drew two defenders before slipping the ball to Weston-super-Mare scrum half Jack Salisbury with Plymouth University's Ian Gardiner converting. The Combination then added a second unconverted try before the end.
Somerset County Rugby Football Union would like to thank Wellington RFC for hosting the game.
"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|
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.