Somerset County Rugby Football Union Limited Est. 1875

Find the draw for the Somerset Cup quarter-finals in the Competitions section

  Forthcoming Somerset games

Date  Home   Away Venue
On/before 15th March  2015 Wells   Old Redcliffians Somerset Cup Semi Final
  Weston-super-Mare   Clevedon or Hornets Somerset Cup Semi Final
         
On/before 15th March  2015 Tor or Gordano   Midsomer Norton or Old Bristolians Somerset Vase Semi Final
  Winscombe   Bristol Harlequins Somerset Vase Semi Final
         

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


 England Counties U18 XV Honorary Coach (Forwards)

The England Counties U18 Delivery Team is seeking to appoint a Coach from September 2015 to deliver the coaching and assist in the planning of the coaching programme for the season. The coach will be responsible for providing a positive and successful playing environment and opportunities for players to progress from club to the national team.

Further details may be found on our vacancies page


Somerset Cup & Somerset Vase semi-final draws

The draw for the semi-finals of both competitions was made on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Competitions Committee meeting - further details may be found above and on our competitions page.

The ties have to be played on or before March 15, 2015 at neutral venues


Advance Notice of the Annual Meeting of Clubs

Following the success of last season’s meeting the Somerset County Committee has arranged this year for the Annual Meeting of Clubs to be held at:-

Wells RFC on Wednesday 18 March 2015 at 7.30 p.m.

The main purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to explore with you your club’s priorities over next season which will give guidance in relation to how best to utilise RFU funding.  

The core purpose for rugby development is strengthening member clubs and growing the game’ and this exercise will assist greatly in allowing clubs to play a major part in this.  

The meeting will also give the representatives of your club the opportunity to meet members of the County Committee and some of the RFU staff that cover our area to discuss issues that are important to your club.  

The Committee would be extremely grateful if some of your club Officers were able to attend. Please make every effort to ensure your club is well represented at the meeting.  

If there are any items that your club considers should be included on the agenda, as opposed to being brought up in ‘AOB’ please let Andy Shorney, County Secretary, know by Friday 6 March 2015 via email at AndyShorney@therfu.com

A formal invitation for three members of your Club, together with the agenda, will be sent to each club nearer the date of the meeting.


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.


Vacancy - County Honorary Treasurer

Somerset CRFU Ltd seeks suitably qualified applicants for the post of County Honorary Treasurer, effective from this year’s AGM in July (2015).
For further details see our vacancies page


Congratulations!

Somerset County Rugby Football Union would like to congratulate Winscombe RFC volunteer Michael Williamson on being awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours. 

Mike, former chair of Winscombe RFC's Mini & Junior section and present chair of the Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council, is honoured for services to Winscombe Rugby Club and to the community in Winscombe, North Somerset


 

 


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


 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



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 Hayes Dave Ward Freddie Burns Yann Thomas      
     
Nathan Catt Kane Palmer-Newport Jack Cuthbert Olly Woodburn      
Marlie Packer      
Chris Cook Marlie Packer Guy Mercer      
  Caryl Thomas Nolli Waterman        
  Caryl Thomas Dannielle 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.


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