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.
This season we will compete in the Division 2 competition and a victory again this year would see us in the main tournament going up against the powerhouse counties such as Cornwall, Lancashire and Yorkshire. This is where we believe Surrey should be competing and hope to make it a fifth visit to the final at Twickenham in five years.
Last season we were unable to select any players from London Irish Wild Geese (LIWG) and we are very pleased to be able to call on the likes of Sean Cunningham and Charlie Connor, as well as other players who have played a significant role in the previous Team Surrey successes.
Dorking will again provide the backbone of the squad with Matt Betty and James Faaatuatu in the squad once again from East Grinstead. Stephen May is unfortunately injured as is James Caddy from Sutton & Epsom. Another distinguished Surrey servant Steve Munford has decided against playing for the County this season and Tom Eastham from LIWG will provide cover for Will Crow who has been outstanding in National 2 finishing as the league’s top try scorer.
Sadly following an outstanding season, the lads from Wimbledon are not available. Chris Lewis and Neil Hallett, who Captained Surrey to their shield victory in 2013, have called a day on their representative rugby. They have been fantastic members of the squad and will be sadly missed.
Obviously, we see this as an opportunity for other players and in the Squad this season we welcome Oli Turner from the Wild Geese who is an up and coming flyhalf, providing cover for most of the backline and I’m am really pleased that Cameron Pimlow who has been so instrumental in Dorking’s success in National 2 this season, will be available for Team Surrey this year.
Most importantly is we have retained the majority of last season’s squad who are available and raring to go for the challenge of the County Championship after what has been a very tough season.
I’m very grateful to the lads who are keen to pull on the County shirt and do our best to win some silverware for a fourth season.
Lead Coach for Club Surrey