Saturday, 25 March 2017

National Women's Finals at Royal Wootton Bassett

Continuing the twin counties' tradition of leading from the front, Royal Wootton Bassett Rugby Club will host the first national Women's Finals Day for the RFU [England Rugby] on Saturday, 1 April, 2017.  Entry will be payable on the gate and the first match kicks off at 11:30 a.m.

u17-18s Development Day

23 April, 2017 - at Bryanston School - watch this space for more details, to follow.

Thursday, 23 March 2017


The Dorset & Wilts Senior XV management and coaching team are holding their first training session at Salisbury Rugby Club on Sunday 26 March, 2017, in preparation for this season’s RFU County Championship Shield competition.  Here is the full schedule: -

26 March Training Salisbury

30 April Somerset friendly (North Dorset RFC KO 2.0 pm)

3 May Training Salisbury

6 May Sussex (Away)

10 May Training Salisbury

13 May Middlesex (Away)

17 May Training Salisbury

20 May Berkshire (Home at Royal Wootton Bassett RFC)

24 May Training Salisbury

28 May County Championship Shield Final (Twickenham)

Monday, 20 March 2017

Thomas Hardye 48 -vs- 5 Bridgwater

The Thomas Hardye School of Dorchester secured their place in the U15 NatWest Vase final with a stunning start to the second half against Bridgwater at Allianz Park, securing a 48-5 victory.  They will now travel to Twickenham for the U15 Vase final on Wednesday, 29 March, feeling full of confidence that they can go on and make their mark at HQ.

Their victory was built on a simply brilliant opening five minutes of the second half, where they scored three tries in quick succession to effectively end the game there and then.  The sides had gone in at half time level at 5-5, with tries from Jack Foulkes for Bridgwater and Orlando Bailey for Thomas Hardye troubling the score keepers.  If anything, though, it was Bridgwater who were on top, spending the majority of the half in Thomas Hardye territory.  Hardye’s defence was the winner though as following Foulkes first minute try, they kept Bridgwater out for the remainder of the half.  What could not have been predicted based on that first half was what was to come right form the kick off in the second half.

In five minutes straight from the kick off Thomas Hardye had, in reality, won the game.  Within a minute they scored through Samson Marshall in the left hand corner, a brilliant finish.  Two minutes later loosehead Reece Vincent drove over from short range after a five metre line-out, before the mercurial Orlando Bailey crossed for his second just a minute later as he ran almost three-quarters of the field, returning the Bridgwater kick off.

His conversion meant that in five minutes that 5-5 draw was now a 22-5 lead.  It was not insurmountable for Bridgwater, but the way the scores had turned so quickly was a hammer blow to their confidence, while it put Thomas Hardye on cloud 9.  With Bridgwater heads down, things were to get worse as a man was sent to the bin, and Thomas Hardye were not slow to capitalise as the simply outstanding Bailey threw a huge dummy and waltzed through for his hat-trick.  His conversion stretched things to 29-5 and a few minutes later that had become 36-5 as his big inside centre, Frankie Read, powered down the right hand flank for a superb solo effort.

Bridgwater showed admirable guts to rally and stem the tide, but with just a couple of minutes left on the clock, they ran out of steam, and Thomas Hardye added the gloss with two further scores, first through Zach Southall, and then a second for Read, this time charging down the left.  Just to add the gloss, Bailey added a superb touchline conversion with the last kick of the game to send his side to Twickenham with a brilliant 48-5 victory.

It truly was a stunning second half from this Thomas Hardye side.  Semi-finals are rarely won by these margins, but in that early second half blitz they simply blew their opponents out of the water.  It was a special performance, and one that will live with these players for a very long time indeed.

Elsewhere -
Swanage & Wareham 10 –vs- 46 Truro

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Nigel Crompton

The President and Council of Dorset & Wilts. RFU were saddened to hear from Oakmeadians Rugby Club about the passing of their beloved club member, Nigel Crompton, after a hard fought battle.

Nigel had been an Oakmeadian for over twenty five years, a volunteer in the Mini & Youth section and a referee for both the club and the County.  He also played for Poole many years ago

Nigel will be greatly missed and we all extend our sympathies to Debbie and the family at this very sad time.

The funeral will be held at Poole Crematorium on Thursday 30 March 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Dorset Knobs vs. Royal Fusiliers

This Thursday evening at Bournemouth Rugby Club’s Chapel Gate Ground the reinvigorated Dorset Knobs XV will play against the Royal Fusiliers XV, kick off 7.00 pm.

The game is seen as a trial for the full Dorset & Wilts senior squad in the RFU County Championship competition, which takes place at the end of the current season.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Energy Saving Nights

On behalf of Dorset & Wilts RFU, the Club Support Committee is pleased to announce the details of the Energy Nights - nothing to do with on field activities, but more to do with saving energy off the field.

The first event takes place at Swanage & Wareham Rugby Club on 28 March starting at 7.00 pm, with the second at Melksham Rugby Club the following evening.  Food and refreshments will be available at both venues.

The RFU Sustainability Manager, Dru Morton, will be giving a presentation, assisted by other industry experts, identifying and implementing solutions in order to reduce energy costs.

At least three clubs that attend will receive a grant of £500.00 towards the energy saving programme at each venue.  Clubs will just have to produce a simple action plan by carrying out their own audit to identify and implement methods to save wasted energy to be eligible for this grant.
Idris Martin, Freelance Photojournalist
Dorset & Wilts RFU Press Officer.
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