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BIronsides thumbBattersea Ironsides celebrate their promotion

mightyoaks thumbThe Surrey Vets swept aside Middlesex 52-19

Wimbledon150th thumb2015 sees Wimbledon RFC celebrate its 150th Anniversary. We have a number of events planned to celebrate and this is one of the highlights!

Wimbledon looks forward to welcoming Surrey Rugby President's XV to Beverley Meads for this event.

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surreyboysinengu16 thumbGeorge Head and James Gulliver at their shirt presentation after a 34 - 0 victory for England U16s v Wales U16s

There are lots of things that Surrey Rugby can assist your Club with that you might not even be aware of.

We are here to help your Club to prosper and thrive so if there is a way you think we can do more for you, just let us know!

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Surrey would like to congratulate the following players on their success at the London and South East Divisional Trials, that took place over the festive period.

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Surrey would like to congratulate the following players on their success at the London and South East Divisional Trials, that took place over the festive period.

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Last season's U20s Captain, Pip Dickinson has been selected to play with the England Students for their game against Portugal at the end of this month.

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Congratulations to the following Surrey County U15 and U18 Girls who have been selected to attend the London and South East Junior Academy trials on Sunday 25th January.

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Congratulations to the following Surrey County U15 and U18 Girls who have been selected to attend the London and South East Junior Academy.

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On a crisp sunny day, Surrey U15s entertained Hampshire at Haslemere RFC. This was a dual header, with the Surrey Development U15 also playing a Hampshire select.

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Surrey would like to congratulate the following players having been successfully selected to trial for London and South East Divisional.

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Two Surrey players were selected to represent the England U18s in their match against France over the weekend, played at Doncaster RFC (22.02.2015). FT England U18s 21 - 5 France U18s

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Surrey U20s have won the National County Shield final for a second year running, after a fantastic win against Staffordshire at Ealing Trailfinders RFC. FT Surrey 30 - Staffordshire 12

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Congratulations to Cobham Old Boy Niall Saunders who played in the Ireland Under-18 Clubs team in their first international outing of the season against Italy.

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Congratulations to Wayne Charnock (Wallington County Grammar School) and Liam Shanahan (Rutlish School) who were amongst the winners of this year's Real Rugby Heroes Awards.

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Reigate School played a warm up game against Quest Academy, Croydon on Saturday (21.03.15) at Twickenham Stadium, opening up England v France in the final game of the RBS 6 Nations 2015. A game that will go down in history as being one of the greatest Super Saturday's rugby has ever witnessed.

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Surrey would like to congratulate the following players having been successfully selected to represent London and South East Division.

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Champions for the 2nd Time! FT Surrey 30 v Staffordshire 12

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Congratulations to Surrey players Justin Rowland (Chobham RFC) and Dylan Morris (Wimbledon RFC) who played in their first International match for U18 England Counties against France at Hartpury College on Saturday evening and received their first International shirt.

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Some of rugby's biggest stars descended upon Racal Decca RFC on 29th March 2015 to go back to their roots and assist with a match between Streatham & Croydon RFC 3rd XV v Racal Decca RFC. The event, hosted by Land Rover, was all to celebrate the grass roots of the game and the fast approaching Rugby World Cup 2015.

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Surrey lads, George Head and James Gulliver have been selected to represent England U16s against Wales U16s on Sunday 19th April 2015.

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On Sunday 3rd May the Welsh Exiles, Irish Exiles U18's and the Luxembourg U18's team will be playing each other at Dorking RFC.

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This is the fifth season Surrey has entered the 1st XV into the senior competitions. Following four appearances in the shield competition, winning this tournament for the last three seasons, sees us return to the Bill Beaumont Cup.

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The Surrey Ladies squad has been selected, ahead of their first match of the season. Congratulations to all the ladies selected, representing the County from numerous Clubs across Surrey.

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North Midlands 17 pts v Surrey 60 pts - Newly promoted Surrey started off the County Championship in a higher division having been promoted, with what was expected to be a tough encounter against North Midlands – who were relegated last season from the level above.

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Sussex President's 26 pts v Surrey President's XV 20 pts

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Schools from across England and Wales can look forward to participating in official Welcome Ceremonies later this year, which will include the formal presentation of official tournament caps and Rugby World Cup 2015 participation medals.

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County Championship - Devon 31 pts v Surrey 33pts

Surrey having trounced both North Midlands and Somerset in their previous games and whom Devon had incidentally lost to both, meant this on paper should have been an easy afternoon’s work for Surrey.

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Surrey 17 pts v Eastern Counties 3 pts

Having won the third tier of the County Championship for three years on the trot Surrey were promoted this season to the second tier.

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Rugby World magazine recognise Ironsides Rugby’s historic treble, winning the Surrey One League, the RFU Junior Vase at Twickenham, and the Surrey Shield at Esher.

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Congratulations to everyone nominated and especially those from Surrey!

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When Wimbledon realized its 150th anniversary, or sesquicentennial as they like to call it in SW20, was coming up fast they thought "What shall we do to mark the occasion”? Well they are a rugby club so it didn’t exactly take a rocket scientist to come up with the idea "We’ll play rugby and have a party or two or three”.

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A round up of all the Surrey players who have represented their Country this Season!

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Dawn broke on a cold, wet Sunday morning in Guildford.

Armed with essential kit of pillows, Forbes croissants & Pheasey Beastcake, the squad assembled in the damp gloom at Guildfordians club house on Stoke Park at 6am, boarding their chariot coach and commencing their long journey to the cold forbidding North.

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Congratulations to the following Surrey players, selected to represent England U18 during the International Series.

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Wednesday 23rd September, as part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 celebrations, Old Reigatian RFC hosted a Rugby World Cup 2015 Key Stage 1 Multi Skills Sports Festival. 20 teams (10 children per team) from 16 local schools took part.

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The National Youth Council has launched a survey to help us understand volunteer behaviors and motivations for young people in rugby. We are aiming to reach over 2,000 responses from across the country. We would be grateful if you could promote the survey across your networks to help us get as many responses as possible. The data received will help with a wider project on raising awareness of the benefits of younger volunteers on committees and in clubs and will help to continue to shape the Young Rugby Ambassador programme.

The link for the survey is:

Advanced CPD for aspiring Level 2 coaches


I have pleasure in announcing this seasons RFU Advanced CPD sessions for aspiring level 2 coaches,

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To the attention of all club/school boys and girls


OCTOBER HALF TERM - Cobham Rugby Academy Ltd.

Pre season training where all beginners are welcome.

Age group specific skills. Excellent coaching. Fantastic facilities.

All club / school boys and girls welcome.

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Every year the Epsom & Ewell Sports Awards are held in the Queens Stand at Epsom Racecourse. It brings together over 200 people from the borough to celebrate the various successes and contributions in the local sporting world.

Over the past two seasons, Sutton and Epsom RFC has made it to the Honours List but this year Sutton and Epsom RFC are officially the AON Hewitt Sports Club of the Year 2015.

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‘Be part of something small’


Whilst the biggest teams in the world battled it out for the RUGBY WORLD CUP the ‘SMALLEST RUGBY CLUB WORLD CUP 2015’ was held n Tolworth – just a drop kick away from its larger Twickenham neighbours.

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Camberley RFU give £1565.75 to the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance at their rugby festival.

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Cobham RFC's Rugby World Cup journey began back in 2012 when they made an initial request to the RFU to be considered as a Team Base, providing training facilities to a participating international team. That simple enquiry, made slightly more in hope than expectation by Tony Balkwill, Cobham's RWC 2015 Chairman, was eventually to develop into a wholly magical experience for an amateur rugby club playing in English Rugby's seventh tier.

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Chobham Minis and Juniors were so excited to visit Surrey Sports Park on 27th October ( during half term) to see the Harlequins train. The session which lasted about an hour and a half was followed by an opportunity to meet the players.

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Surrey Rugby extend commiserations to the people of France and to our co-equipiers in the Rugby family who have seen a dreadful terrorist attack on their way of life, including sporting events. Many clubs across Surrey and observed a silence before their games over the weekend, in order to pay tribute to those who were needlessly killed, and express deep sympathy. 

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Some 400 Trinity pupils, parents and staff came to school on Sunday September 13 to welcome the French National Rugby team. France selected Trinity School in Croydon as one of their Team Bases for RWC 2015 just over a year ago and since then the whole school has been preparing for their arrival.

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Clubs across the country experienced a huge surge of youngsters’ interest in the game thanks to Rugby World Cup 2015. And among them was Weybridge Vandals whose Mini Chair Fabrizio Maffi says, “I’ve run the mini rugby section for the past five years and have first hand evidence of the positive impact of this world tournament.

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Surrey U20s
Berkshire U20s

2nd Training Match / Match Day Report

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It is with great sadness to let you know about the passing of one of our Past-Presidents of Guildford RFC - Tony Parker, who was also a Vice President of Surrey, and I know a few of you will have known him. He passed away peacefully last Sunday.

A service for family and friends will take place on Monday 21st March at 12.00 noon at St Peters Church.

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Spelthorne Borough Council are looking for a Touch Rugby Coach to lead their Surrey Youth Games touch rugby sessions in Spelthorne for girls aged 11 - 13.

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Gamefinder is a scheme set up to link rugby players at local Universities with clubs.

For more information please contact your local University liaison

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Club Surrey Men play their first match in The Bill Beaumont Cup tomorrow.  This is the top level of the RFU County Championship and Surrey face Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire and Cornwall in their bid to reach the Cup Final.  

The team to play Hertfordshire at Old Albanians RFC, Kick off at 3pm


Position Full Name Club
1 Charlie Connor London Irish Wild Geese
2 Matt Cornish London Irish Wild Geese
3 Cameron Zeiss Esher RFC
4 Ian Kench © Esher RFC
5 Matt Higgins Dorking RFC
6 Steve May Wimbledon RFC
7 Harry Elbrow Dorking RFC
8 Darren Livett London Irish Wild Geese
9 Will Crow Rosslyn Park RFC
10 Cameron Pimlow Dorking RFC
11 Karyim Irving Dorking RFC
12 Sean Cunningham London Irish Wild Geese
13 Ryan Jeffery Dorking RFC
14 Benji Marfo Dorking RFC
15 Ollie Turner London Irish Wild Geese

Substitutes to be selected from the following:

16 James Catton Dorking RFC
17 Suvwe Obano Dorking RFC
18 Eamon Atkinson London Irish Wild Geese
19 Campbell Tait Wimbledon RFC
20 Mikey Mcdonald London Scottish RFC
21 Tom Richards London Irish Wild Geese
22 Ed Carne Dorking RFC

Manager:         Nigel Lanch


C          Coaches:        Richie Andrews           Duncan Cormack

       Barry Everitt                Jamie O’Brien

      Jason Geldenhuys

Medical:          Charlotte Summers

Katherine Fowler


County Championship Match Report

Hertfordshire 31pts v Surrey 28pts

Surrey’s success in the senior County Championship over the past few years has seen them climb from the lowest tier of County Rugby to the very highest in Division One and thereby become an almost a permanent fixture in the finals at Twickenham, where they have regularly come home smiling with the silverware.

Without doubt, this season will really test the resolves of the County and prove just how far we have progressed.

So the latest Championship began with a visit to Hertfordshire and a chance to sample the amazing new facilities on offer at Old Albanians RFC –the training ground used by Saracens RFC on the outskirts of St Albans.

Herts who had won this competition as recently as 2012, like Surrey were forced to make several late changes to the team and this meant both sides would take time to iron out some of the creases and settle down.
Tom Banks, the lively Herts scrum half opened the scoring when he tore over for the first try, which fly half Josh Sharp converted to ease the home side 7-0 ahead. Surrey quickly bounced back when full back Ollie Turner kicked a penalty goal. After 17 minutes Surrey prop Cameron Zeiss was shown a yellow card for a scrum infringement. Herts took immediate advantage of the extra man, when winger George Elliott scored a try, which Sharp again converted.

Additionally, Surrey were also hard hit by injuries when flanker Steve May and wing Benji Marfo both had to retire early.

Surrey were now beginning to put some good phases of rugby together and only stout defence or the final pass going astray, prevented Surrey crossing the whitewash. Then having hacked on a loose ball and sprinting clear, only an awkward bounce prevented Turner scoring for the visitors under the posts. Ollie Turner then did add a penalty goal for Surrey.

With the interval approaching Surrey second row and Captain Ian Kench touched down and Turner added the conversion to bring the half time score to 14- 13 in favour of Herts.

As the changes rung on both sides, Surrey began to look more menacing and Darren Livett scored a try, while Turner added the conversion to put Surrey in the lead for the first time. Banks then skipped over for his second try for the home side, which was converted to put Herts ahead by one point.

Turner then slotted over another penalty and winger Karyim Irving sped over in the corner to ease the visitors into a 28- 21 score line for Surrey.

The home side now threw everything at Surrey and after several nice touches from Herts replacement centre Anthony Makka, he waltzed over for a try and another conversion brought the scores level at 28-28. An injury time penalty from Sharp then snatched a very narrow victory for Herts.

** So it was onto the second fixture against Gloucestershire at the London Irish Wild Geese Ground at Hazelwood, on Saturday May 14th Kick Off 2.00 p.m.

Surrey: 15 Ollie Turner (L.Irish WG), 14 Benji Marfo (Dorking ), 13 Ryan Jeffery (Dorking), 12 Sean Cunningham (L.Irish WG), 11 Karyim Irving (Dorking),10 Cameron Pimlow (Dorking), 9 Will Crow (Rosslyn Park), 1 Charlie Connor ( L Irish WG), 2 Matt Cornish (L.Irish WG), 3 Cameron Zeiss (Esher), 4 Ian Kench (Captain – Esher),5 Matt Higgins (Dorking), 6 Steve May(Wimbledon), 7 Harry Elbrow (Dorking), 8 Darren Livett ( L.Irish WG)

Replacements: 16 James Catton (Dorking), 17 Souew Obano (Dorking), 18 Eamonn Atkinson (L.Irish WG),19 James Hunt (Wimbledon), 20 Rhys Morgan (Wimbledon), 21 Tom Richards (L.Irish WG), 22 Ed Carne (Dorking)

Incentive FM Surrey Rugby Finals Day another resounding success!

The first Bank Holiday Monday in May has traditionally seen a stream of Surrey Clubs and their supporters descend on Esher RFC, for the various Surrey Rugby Finals. This year was no exception and the crowd was treated to some magical rugby.

Surrey Bowl Final – Bec Old Boys 10 pts v Old Haileyburians 24 pts

This game produced a surprise when Bec Old Boys newly promoted to Surrey 2 next season surprisingly came unstuck against a young, slick and very fit Old Haileyburian side who will be playing in Surrey 3 from September, having gained promotion from Surrey 4.

Bec Old Boys were missing a few of their key players and perhaps this accounted for their lack of penetration in attack, while the younger Haileyburian's side seemed half a yard quicker in all areas of the game. So despite mounting a few promising attacks, it was the newly promoted Haileyburians who pulled away in the second half and enabled them to win this trophy for the first time.

Surrey Shield Final – Cranleigh 33pts v Old Whitgiftians 53 pts

This game saw Cranleigh, who flirted with relegation from Surrey 2, pushing Old Whitgiftians –who came close to promotion from Surrey 1 battle all the way, in a very exciting 86 points extravaganza.

From a spectator point of view this was classic open rugby with the flair of Whitgiftians, desperately trying to crush the dogged determination of the guys from Cranleigh in the division below. Tries ebbed and flowed, but perhaps the biggest cheer of the day was reserved for Surrey Rugby Committee man Les Todd, now in the vets stage of his career, showed there is still plenty of gas in the tank when he tore over for a popular try.

Surrey Trophy Final – Battersea Ironsides 5pts v Camberley 8pts

These two sides had become used to each other this year, as they battled away in the same London 3 South West division. Camberley had gained promotion next season, while Ironsides had consolidated their position in this League finishing fourth, in what was their first season at the highest level the Club have ever played.

Ironsides have become remarkably successful having won the Vase Final at Twickenham and Silverware at Surrey Finals Day, last year. The Club are also running a thriving Minis and Youth section and next season their Ladies team, ‘Ironside Pumas’ will compete in the National Conference League.
Nevertheless, in a tense and highly competitive low scoring Final, it was Camberley who continued their successful season and snatched victory by way of a penalty goal, which at the end of the day between these familiar rivals was the only difference between the sides.

County Championship – Surrey 22pts v Gloucestershire 38 pts

Gloucestershire, with former Gloucester RFC Captain & England Trialist Peter Buxton persuaded out of retirement to help the cause of the visitors, started in prominent mode. After barely 5 minutes winger Sam Baker scampered over for what turned out to be the first of his four tries. Sam Hanks added the conversion to ease Gloucestershire into an early 7-0 lead.

Surrey quickly got on the scoreboard though when fly half Matt Noble kicked a penalty goal.

Play then went from end to end, until Surrey fly half Noble made an incisive break to score a super solo try and push the home side ahead by one point. Surrey now began to exert a period of continual pressure and after another penetrating run by Noble, he fed Alf Molloy who went over for a try. Noble added the conversion so Surrey went in 15-7 at the interval.

The second period began with the visitors looking much more menacing and after a period of sustained pressure, second row Jack Robson went over near the posts, while Hanks added the conversion and Gloucs were within a point of their hosts.

Sadly for the home side, they then lost their inspirational skipper lock Ian Kench to the sin bin, after an indiscretion. This proved to be the turning point, as the visitors took full advantage of their extra man and quickly added two more tries from speedy winger Baker and a conversion by Hanks, to move into a powerful 15 -26 lead.

With their tails up, the visitors now began to display some slick handling and played with much confidence. Wing Baker raced away for his fourth try , which was converted to stretch Gloucstershire’s lead.

Surrey managed to create some space for winger Karyim Irving who sprinted in for a try, which again Noble converted.  But the final word still went to the visitors, when centre Hanks went over in the corner almost on the final whistle, to bring the final scoreline of 22-38 in favour of the more clinical visitors.

*** Surrey are now staring relegation in the face after just one season in the top flight and head to unbeaten Cornwall for a tough match at Camborne RFC. ***

15 Ollie Turner ( L.IrishWG) ,14 Tom Richards (L.Irish WG ), 13 Ed Carne (Dorking), 12 Alf Molloy (L.Irish WG), 11 Kariym Irving (Dorking), 10 Matt Noble ( Dorking), 9 Will Crow (Rosslyn Park), 1 Charlie Connor (L.Irish WG), 2 Sam Johnson (Dorking), 3 Cameron Zeiss (Esher), 4 Ian Kench (Esher), 5 Matt Higgins (Dorking ), 6 Darren Livett (L.Irish WG), 7 Harry Elbrow (Dorking ), 8 Harry Rowland (Rosslyn Park)

Replacements: 16 Mike Bunn (L.Irish WG), 17 Suvwe Obano (Dorking), 18 Ted Lee (Dorking), 19 Harry Shephers (Dorking ), 20 Mikey McDonald ( London Scottish), 21 Jordan Gott (L.Irish WG)

County Championship ….. Cornwall 32 pts v Surrey 14 pts

Current Champions Cornwall began this game unbeaten so far this season and in front of a large passionate crowd at Camborne RFC, they eventually pulled away in the last quarter against a gallant Surrey side and confirmed their appearance in another Senior County Championship Final at Twickenham.

Sadly with no wins in this first season in the highest tier of County Rugby Surrey will be relegated back to the second division. Nevertheless, they have at times played with great flair and promise and given many anxious moments to their opponents, despite coming up short in all three games. 

The home side started in the ascendancy when Fijian International No8 Sam Matavesi – who was the driving force behind most of Cornwall’s attacks burst through a gap and fed centre Neilson Webber who scored the opening try, but the conversion was missed.

However Surrey quickly hit back when No 8 Harry Rowland offloaded superbly to Matt Noble, who ran in for a try unopposed. Again the conversion was missed so the score was tied at 5-5.

Cornwall now upped the tempo and first full back Matt Shepherd kicked a penalty goal, then fly half Billy Searle added a try, which Shepherd converted and the home side were 13-5 ahead. Soon afterwards Searle scored his second try and Shepherd converted again to put the home side firmly in the driving seat, leading 20-5.

Surrey then began to fight back with two penalties, one from Noble and one from the half way line by full back Ollie Turner, to reach half time with the score 20-11 to Cornwall.

The visitors began the second period with lots of pressure and Noble added another penalty goal, to bring Surrey ever nearer at 20-14.

The home side approaching mid way through the second half then began to turn the screw and after another storming run by No 8 Matavesi, Searle was able to finish off the break with his third try. Despite a brave effort and some storming pressure from Surrey, it was Cornwall who added the final score when Lewis Webb scored a try, to bring the game to a close and a slightly flattering 32 -14 win for Cornwall.

 Surrey:15 Ollie Turner (L.Irish WG, 14 Benji Marfo (Dorking), 13 Ed Carne (Dorking), 12 Sean Cunningham (L.Irish WG), 11 Karyim Irving (Dorking),10 Matt Noble (Dorking), 9 Mikey Mcdonald (L.Scottish), 1 Charlie Connor, 2 Matt Cornish (both L.Irish WG), 3 Cameron Zeiss (Esher), 4 Ian Kench (Captain)(Esher), 5 Dylan Flashman (Wimbledon), 6 Darren Livett (L.Irish WG), 7 Harry Elbrow (Dorking), 8 Harry Rowland (Rosslyn Park).

Replacements:  Dalton (, Suvwe Obano (Dorking), Ted Lee (Dorking), James Hunt (Wimbledon), Will Crow (Rosslyn Park), Ryan Jeffery (Dorking ), Jordan Gott (L.Irish WG)

Surrey Ladies win through to the Final of the Ladies County Championship

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Huge Congratulations to Surrey Ladies who have played magnificently to win though to the Ladies County Championship Final against Lancashire  -- which takes place at Harlequins HQ  The Stoop, in Twickenham this Sunday May 29th.   Kick off is at 12 Noon. Entry is Free

Get all the latest from the RFU website here.

Watch the game streamed live here

Please note: The Cup and Medals will be presented by RFU President and England’s most capped ever forward, Jason Leonard, together with former England Captain Gill Burns during half time of the England v Wales Senior International at Twickenham.

Surrey Ladies remain undefeated in this competition, having secured victories over Essex 48-0, Kent 38-7, Middlesex 22-15 and Berkshire 34-10.

Please do try and bring the family along to support this great occasion and applaud Surrey Ladies fine achievement. Let’s go girls we are all cheering you on....


Surrey were crowned winners of the first ever Women’s County Championships, defeating Lancashire 32-17 at Twickenham Stoop.

In a notably physical game, Surrey showed plenty of attacking intent and were able to hold off a late Lancashire fightback. 

The first half of the match was a fast past paced affair, with the home team Lancashire gaining possession within the first few seconds of the first half to take the lead with an early penalty to put them 3-0 ahead.

With pace and agility Surrey were able to come back into the game after an impressive try from full back Izzy Joris but Lancashire continued with their attack as both teams continued to be dominant and determined in their exchanges.

A converted try from Lancashire put them back in front 10-5 but Surrey responded with a try from Prop Chloe Edwards 10-10.

Approaching the end of the first half, Lancashire’s resilient defence was not enough to hold off Surrey and they went ahead 10-17 after a try from No 8 Sam McCarthy and conversion from fly half Jayne Goodliffe.

With all the momentum now with Surrey, particularly in the set pieces, prop Chloe Edwards was able to crash over for her second try just before the half time whistle to give them a 10-22 lead at the break. 

Surrey looked to be running away with it after half time, with a second try for McCarthy taking the score to 10-27 and then Davinia Monteiro 10-32, but Lancashire continued to battle on and were rewarded when centre Emily Stirzaker crossed the line to narrow the margin. 

Despite Lancashire's best efforts with the score on the final whistle 17-32 to Surrey following a needle match game which showcased the strength and ability of the county players.   

Surrey were awarded their trophy in front of a strong crowd at Twickenham Stadium during half time in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup match between England and Wales.

“Young or old, male or female, county rugby is one of the great elements of our game built on tradition, rivalry and pride," said Helen Duggan, chair of the Women's County Championship Committee

"Creating the County Cup and Plate competition, we draw on its passion with the sole aim of helping to develop players and the women’s game across the regions. We will learn lots from this first year to improve the Cup and Plate so they, hopefully, become a pillar of County rugby in their own right." 





Richmond Women’s Section, a fully integrated section of the wider club, is the only women’s club in the UK to have three senior women’s rugby teams.  The Head Coach is responsible for overseeing the management of the section’s coaching team and the running and progression of the three squads, with specific coaching responsibility for the First XV. 

The First XV play within the RFU Women’s Premiership and are current title holders having recently won the first women’s play off final broadcast live on Sky TV. The First XV squad consists of a number of established senior premiership players and international elite women’s players from across the Four Nations, both at senior and Under 20s level, and the role necessitates regular contact with national coaching teams to support individual player development.  The Women’s Premiership competition runs from September to January, with a league cup competition following in February to April.  Fixtures are played on Sundays, with club training on Tuesday and Thursdays. The Second XV are currently Championship South title holders, and a large majority of the players are key participants in the Surrey County Programme.  The Third XV are competitive within National Challenge South West 1and offer a gateway and pathway to develop players new to the game and those transitioning from junior to senior rugby who wish to progress to higher levels.

Whilst this is not a full time position, the nature of the role will require the successful candidate to be able to put in the requisite time and commitment to the role.  It is an excellent opportunity for any Level 3 qualified coach who is looking to work with a high standard of rugby player, and expand their coaching experience given the calibre of the players involved.  In addition, there is the opportunity to work with the RFU and national coaching staff during a period of significant growth in the women’s game post the WC success in 2014 and heading into the WC 2017.

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Haslemere Rugby Club

Assistant Coach / Player Coach

JOB: Haslemere Rugby Club are seeking to appoint a coach or player coach who will be actively engaged in the development and delivery of club weekly training sessions and the management of individual/team performance.

This would be ideally suited to someone working towards level 2 and coaches looking to expand their experience to gain a lead coach role, this may also suit a player from level 9 or higher looking for their first coaching position.

Haslemere Rugby Club has a recently regenerated seniors, youth and minis section and the club currently run two senior mens teams.

QUALIFICATION: UKCC Level II (Or working towards)

Training starts on July 11th from 19:30 - 21:00 and will run on Monday's and Thursday's in pre season, switching to Wednesday's only in season.


REPORTS TO: Director of Rugby / Head Coach


o    Input on planning and assist in the delivery of weekly coaching sessions

o    Deliver quality coaching sessions weekly at dedicated training evenings

o    Work with Head coach with regards to individual player management, provide individual technical feedback during training and via player profiling.

 o    Key – Assist with match days including warm ups and occasional video recordings / analysis.

Closing Date: 31st July 2016

Apply: email or call Max on 07795694600

Slingbacks are recruiting a new head coach

Do you love rugby? Fancy working with a great group of girls and giving back to an amazing club? The position is voluntary but hugely rewarding and as the Slingbacks go into their 20th anniversary season, this is a real opportunity to shape the future of the team.

The Slingbacks train on a Wednesday evening 7:30pm-9pm and play matches on a Sunday. A coach would need to be able to commit to attending training and matches throughout the season. Candidates will also need to have a level 2 rugby coaching certificate or be willing to undertake training to reach that level quickly. 

If you are interested in applying, or would like to find out more, email

John Douglas
1946 – 2016

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of John Douglas, Surrey Rugby’s RFU Council Representative.

John was a lovely man, a true gentleman and a great rugby role model.

He played for Blackheath RFC for many years and continued to be an active member of Dorking RFC, Surrey Rugby
and the RFU right up until his death.

Our sincere condolences to John’s wife Mary, his family and many friends, he will be sorely missed.


John's Funeral will be held at

St Martin's Church

 RH4 1UX.


Friday 19th August at 12.30.

All are welcome to attend and to join John’s family afterwards at

Dorking Rugby Club 
Kiln Lane

Nearest parking for the church is at St Martin's Walk car park (Mill Lane)
or behind Sainsbury's (Lyon Court) on the High Street. Friday is market day, so it will be busy.

There are also several other car parks nearby, one in South Street and two more just off the High Street.

Flowers and interment for immediate family only.

If you should wish to make a donation to Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund in memory of John
or have other enquiries, please contact Sherlock Funeral Service on 01306 882266. 

Please feel free to pass on this information to others you think would like to attend.
If you are able to let us know you are coming, please email so that we can tell the caterers.

Surrey Rugby County Squad Team Manager

Surrey Rugby are looking for dedicated individuals who wish to apply to manage a County Squad.

Team Manager is one of the most important roles within the County, coordinating players, coaches, management, schools, academies and medical staff within an age group.  You will also assist the Surrey Office staff to make sure all information is recorded accurately.

This document outlines the scope of the County Team Manager role. It is designed only to give a guide to those elements needed as a baseline to coordinate a County age group and consideration should be given as to how the role can be improved upon.

This role is voluntary and will take time to fulfil and develop and requires full commitment for the duration of the season.  In order to keep a continuation of player knowledge and understanding of different age groups you may also need to work with other Team Managers.

Team Manager- Reporting to the Director of Managers & Head of Team Surrey Representative Rugby 

  • -          Liaise with all players
  • -          Communicate with other county team managers, referees and the Surrey Office.
  • -          Coordinate and control the age group kit to ensure the coaches and players have everything
  • -          Provide assistance with budget responsibility for Team Surrey Rep Rugby
  • -          Coordinate treatment with Physio as required
  • -          Liaise with Club/ School /Academy
  • -          Enter information on data base (including match reports and player profiles)
  • -          Coordinate and enter news on to website for current age group
  • -          Prepare end of season report for DOM
  • -          Provide integrity to the selection process
  • -          Represent Team Surrey in positive and professional manner

Below are the Principals that we will be implementing throughout the season which will apply to all aspects of a County Team

Overall principals for Surrey

  • -     Players should be encouraged to express themselves, try things and test themselves
  • -     Every opportunity should be taken for players to learn about the game, not just systems but also individual positional skills and take opportunities to play different positions.
  • -     Every Surrey session should be FUN.  Even discussing ‘’Failure’’ 

Applications should be sent to Steve Tomlinson - by Friday 26th August.

Dear All


The Age Grade Rugby season kicks off this week.  As we start this exciting year, I wanted to thank everyone who has been involved in the work over the last five years.  Your input has been really constructive and without it we would not be at this important point for young people playing our sport now and in the future.  This season sees significant changes to make the game more about what motivates the players themselves and whilst change takes time, we all owe it to those young players to visibly drive the evolution together.  We must also be prepared to be challenged by them and others if we drag our heels or are not aligned to the new framework of Age Grade Rugby.  Your support in modelling best practice and taking our clubs, schools and colleges with us is going to be vital.

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Surrey Rugby will be holding a series of Age Grade Information Evenings during October.

 These will provide another chance for information, ideas, troubleshooting and a Q&A session for all things age grade rugby.

 We have yet to confirm the venues but the dates will be as follows:

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InPlay 2016 m

 The latest issue of InPlay has been released.  

In This Issue

Bill Beaumont Cup
Richmond success
OCs win Junior Vase
Club Surrey Women are County Champions plus much more


WRU law amendments 2016 2A number of World Rugby Minor law amendments, approved and announced in September 2015, came into effect on the 1st July 2016, in the northern hemisphere having already been implemented in the southern hemisphere since the start of the year.

Click here to download the Amendments.


Warlingham RFC wish to recruit a Player/Coach to assist our 1st XV compete in London League SW II.

With five pitches and a large modern Clubhouse we are keen to develop our young team's skills and experience. We have a forward thinking management and an appropriate financial package is available for a suitable candidate.

Please contact Peter Mattison, Chairman, on

07958 978278

Green shoots herald development of 3 new pitches for Old Reigatian Rugby Football Club

The second phase of development of three new rugby pitches at Old Reigatian Rugby Football Club is now complete, thanks to funding from Sport England, Biffa Award, Surrey County Council Community Improvement Fund as well as private donations.

Following the initial successful acquisition of the 12 acre field in 2014, the ground has now been levelled and seeded with strong growth already visible. The aim is to have the new pitches ready for the start of the 2017 rugby season.

The three new pitches will provide much needed space for Old Reigatians' Junior Section which includes over 600 children from Reigate and surrounding areas. The Club also hopes to make the new playing space available during the summer to other sports groups and clubs within the local community.

Peter Tharp, Club Secretary of Old Reigatian RFC said 'We are delighted that this important development is now well underway. Each weekend the Club's grounds are tightly packed with our Juniors and Minis training and playing matches. With 25 sides all the way from U6 to seniors, the three new pitches will be a wonderful addition to

the Club and give our youngsters in particular the space they vitally need’'

The funding provided to the Club for the preparation of the new pitches included:

Grant from Sport England

Grant from Biffa Award, as part of their Landfill Communities Fund

Grant from Surrey County Council Community Improvement Fund.

Notes to Editors:

Sport England

Established by Royal Charter in 1996

Sport England is the Government Agency responsible for growing and developing Grassroots Sport

The Biffa Award is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.

Surrey County Council Community Improvements Fund

The Community Improvements Fund is designed to help people turn a great idea into something real that will benefit people in their community.

Further details from Club Secretary ORRFC 01737 339777


Full time, 35 hours p.w. Salary – £20,000 – £25,000 p.a.

If you’d like to work at an evolving children’s charity, enjoy rugby and have a passion for social media, then this exciting opportunity is for you.

Wooden Spoon, which transforms children’s lives through the power of rugby, is seeking a creative, pro active team player to support delivery of our online and offline marketing channels. This key role manages communications across a wide range of platforms including web, social media and emailings, whilst providing support on print marketing materials.

Part of the Marketing and Communications team, the ideal candidate will be a self starter, delivering communications that effectively increase our brand awareness, supporter engagement and maximises fundraising activities. Knowledge and experience of WordPress and social media channels is essential, experience of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop is a distinct advantage.

Based at prime new offices in Fleet, Hampshire, the role is five days a week Monday to Friday. Benefits include flexible working hours between 8.00am – 6.00pm, 20 days holiday per annum along with three days for the festive season, as well as a fun and passionate team! The new office location is close to the M3 and Fleet station, with direct links to London Waterloo.

If you are interested in this role please send a covering note and recent CV to

Applications will be considered on receipt up to 3rd January 2017. Interviews will be held as soon as possible in the New Year.

 Click here for job description 

Matt Mitchell

Rugby Manager

Mob:   07738 999741

Office: 01252 773720

The Surrey Rugby Office will be closed on Friday the 23rd December 2016 and we will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.


We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

As the touring period approaches the RFU’s Touring With Children document contains lots of guidance and a checklist that will aid your clubs preparation.


Historically Surrey clubs enjoy an excellent reputation whilst on tour and we are keen to keep this.  Please see the link to the guide below which provides a lot of useful information for those organising an age grade tour.

The next issue of Surrey Rugby's magazine 'InPlay' is currently being compiled.

Do you have any news articles, photographs, match reports etc that you would like included?

Please email to