Somerset County Rugby Football Union Limited Est. 1875

The next Somerset game is Somerset Develeopment XV v Torbay Combination on 24/04/2015 at Wellington RFC KO 7.45

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2nd August 2015 The second annual Somerset Women and Girls'
Summer Touch Rugby Festival
Castle Cary RFC 11:00
               
Somerset RFU Women & Girls Summer Touch Rugby Festival
Sunday 2nd August 2015 Castle Cary RFC 11:00- 16:00

The second annual Somerset Women and Girls' Summer Touch Rugby Festival will take place on Sunday 2 August at Castle Cary RFC.

14 teams from Wells, Castle Cary, Yatton, Somerton, Melksham, Minehead, Cleve, Cheddar, Nailsea &Backwell and Bristol Telephones, will be taking part.

The Festival kicks off at 11:00 and will run through the day.

Spectators and late entrants are welcome. Individuals who turn up on the day can be fitted in to the existing teams and should any club not as yet entered wish to do so they will be very welcome.

Rugby's famous Webb Ellis Cup will be in Bath next week along with a number of sports stars, ahead of this autumn's Rugby World Cup.

It will be on display at the Odd Down Sports Ground for its official opening on Monday (July 13). Joining in with the celebrations will be Jason Leonard, the current RFU President, and former England and British Lions player and 2003 Rugby World Cup winner, Exeter City football manager Paul Tisdale, and former England cricketer, Mike Gatting.

The day will include touch rugby tournaments, cycling activities, football coaching and face painting. It will be open to the public from 2pm for people to have their photos taken with the Webb Ellis Cup.

This will be followed in the evening by a question and answer session with Bath Rugby legends David Trick, Danny Grewcock, Lee Mears and Matt Perry at the Guildhall. More than 350 people have been invited to the event after 500 people entered a competition on the Bath Chronicle Facebook page to win 50 tickets for the evening event.Images 1 2 3 4 5 6

Bill Beaumont County Championship
 Division Two South

 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.

Somerset Cup RFU Final
Wells 14 - 30 Hornets
Hornets lift the Somerset County RFU Cup
For the second time of their four appearances, Hornets take the final with a 30-14 victory over Wells at Bridgwater & Albion's College Way ground.


For report and images - click here 
Midsomer Norton lift the 2014/15 Somerset Vase
Midsomer Norton 25 - 22 Bristol Harlequins

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. 

For report and photograph - click here

Somerset Age Grade Finals

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!

For reports and images for the matches - click here

Somerset Development XV 17 - 12 Torbay Combination
at Wellington RFC, Friday, April 24, 2015

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.

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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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.
Coach Required
Keynsham Rugby Football Club (KRFC), founded in 1923 is looking for a talented and ambitious 2nd team coach for 2015-2016 season and beyond.

KRFC 1st team is currently playing in Western Counties North with the 2nd team playing in Somerset 1 with the club having ambitions to return to South West rugby, it is essential that the young players of the club are brought through and continue to develop in senior rugby.

Full details can be found on our vacancies page
Your invitation to the SW Rugby 7s
SW Rugby 7s, taking place between the 10th and 12th of July 2015, is offering you and your 7s or touch team the opportunity to play at World Cup venue Sandy Park alongside international teams competing in the European Grand Prix 7s.

The tournament is open to all with Elite and Social Men's and Women's competitions, plus a Mixed Touch competition, happening across two venues - Exeter University's Duckes Meadow and Sandy Park, home of Aviva Premiership team the Exeter Chiefs. As well as SW Rugby 7s and European GP 7s action, players can look forward to a host of other off-field activities and entertainment, including live bands and DJs all day until late, a Festival Village and much more. Camping and Glamping packages are available at nearby Crealy Meadows and regular transport between all venues is included with team entry.

Find a poster here and more about how to enter here 
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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