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Somerset Cup Quarter finals

The draw for the Quarter-finals of the Somerset Cup was made at Yatton RFC on Thursday, December 18, 2014 when the Women's Rugby World Cup was on display.

The evening also consisted of girls matches between Hornets U13s and Fairlands School (Cheddar) U13s plus Yatton U15s and Winscombe U15s were staged and provided an excellent advert for girls rugby in the county

The draw for the Quarter-finals of the Somerset Cup was made by the captains of Yatton and Winscombe U15s

Burnham-on-Sea or Chard v Wells
Clevedon v Hornets
Old Redcliffians v North Petherton
Weston-super-Mare v University of Bath

Ties are to be played on or before February 14, 2015 

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Somerset Vase Draw - Quarter Finals

  

 Bristol Harlequins v Crewkerne

Midsomer Norton v Old Bristolians or Yatton

 Tor v Gordano

 Winscombe v Wellington

 

Ties to be played on or before February 14, 2015

 

 

 

 

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 Forthcoming Somerset games

Date Home Away VenueKO
      

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


Somerset U20's

Sadly due to lack of interest Somerset RFU have opted to pull out of the U20 County Championships.

We now focus our energy on the Saxons Development Group and our Ladies Squad. We will take up the U20 gauntlet again in 2015. Anyone wishing to be involved in these teams please contact paul.shepherd@somersetrfu.co.uk or mark.hawkes@somersetrfu.co.uk

** All Open session details will be published on Facebook, Twitter and this website **


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


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:

Somerset310Berkshire
Somerset190Devon
Somerset170Cornwall
Somerset150Oxfordshire
Somerset100Gloucestershire
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.


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Stothert & Pitt RFC are looking for a head coach to be in place March 2015 in preparation for the 2015-16 season

Any coaches interested should contact their Chairman, Tony Adams, at the club for more information on 07906 546887 or tonyadams29@hotmail.co.uk


 For all Somerset RFU clubs

Click here to find out about the next steps for you to acquire funding for volunteer development AND further details for the Recruit & Retain Fund worth £250 for your club.


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


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 paul.shepherd@somersetrfu.co.uk and then we will arrange delivery of the USB.


 

   Somerset Rugbee The Movie


A vidyo for all of ee out there . . .


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.