Monday, 24 October 2016

The Spirit of Rugby

D&W President, John Constable, would commend the spirit of the following to all: -

"Attached is the match card for the game at the weekend. To make sure both sets of players had a game, we loaned Marlborough 4 players. We did swap it around at half time to make it more competitive and to give Marlborough lads some incentive to have a full game."

Grass roots rugby is about enjoyment: meeting people from other clubs; having a game with as many players as there are; and enjoying a pint afterwards.

D & W u20s

Dorset & Wilts RFU Press Release.


The Twin Counties under 20 squad held a training session at Bryanston School Blandford in preparation for their forthcoming RFU Under 20 County Championship campaign.

Next Sunday the side play the first of their three  warm up matches in Portsmouth against the Royal Navy Under 20 side with two further fixtures on Sunday the 6th of November against the RAF at Trowbridge and finally against Hampshire at Bournemouth on Sunday the 22nd of January.
The Twin Counties RFU championship pool games kick off on the 4th of February against Somerset away then on 25th of February they host Devon at venues still to be decided.

It’s still not too late for Dorset and Wilts clubs nominate players to attend further sessions, for the two successful counties who progress into the final, a run out onto the hallowed turf at RFU headquarters is the prize as the competition climaxes with a Twickenham final.

The Dorset & Wilts Under 20 contact is Mike Samms 07967 136352 and

Idris Martin

Saturday, 15 October 2016

D&W U18s Match Cancelled

Please note that the D&W RFU U18s match against Devon scheduled for Sunday 16 October has been cancelled.  Devon was unable to field a team.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Phil Smeeth of Puddletown RFC

The President and Council of Dorset & Wilts. RFU were saddened to hear of the death of Phil Smeeth and that Puddletown RFC has lost a stalwart rugby volunteer and supporter.  The club and the wider rugby word will be will be poorer for his loss.

We understand that Phil died peacefully with his family around him. Phil was a genuine great and a stalwart to Puddletown RFC and indeed grass roots rugby.  As a young player, he gave up his time and drove his team-mates all over SW England to fly the village rugby flag.  They had a lot of laughs on the way and probably didn't appreciate at that time how much Phil actually did for them, for the club and for the game.

The Funeral service to celebrate Phil Smeeth's life will take place at St Mary’s Church Piddlehinton on Tuesday 20th September 2016 at 2:00 pm. Family flowers only; donations if desired for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust may be sent c/o Grassby Funeral Service, 8 Princes Street, Dorchester. DT1 1TW. Tel: 01305 262338.

After the funeral a wake will be held at Puddletown RFC's clubhouse

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Would you like to referee?

Dorset & Wilts Society of Rugby Football Union Referees

Have you ever thought about being a Referee?


I have been tasked by the Society to run an initiative running to the end of 2016 to liaise with anyone who may be interested in becoming a referee.


I am particularly interested in potential female referees and young referees from the age of 14.  Although my remit it is not limited to these two groups it is open to anyone with an interest and any level be it youth, club or society.

Many people may feel that refereeing can be a daunting and intimidating experience so I would like the opportunity to allay those fears, answer any questions, talk about your own ambitions, formal training courses, how the society works and what support is available.

Please get in touch by phone or email. We can meet up for a very informal chat over a coffee or beer. Meet at a game where I’m officiating and experience the game from inside the referee’s perspective.
Please note that for safeguarding reasons any person under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult when I meet them.

Contact Details
John Read
Mobile      07837444426


Monday, 1 August 2016

Refereeing the 15 a side game-Swanage & Wareham RFC Sept 2016

Swanage and Wareham RFC are hosting a refereeing the 15 a side game course on Sunday 18th September and Sunday 25th September (both days) between 0900 - 5.00pm

The cost is £50 and there are some prerequisites for the course;

  • Aged over 14 on day 1 of the course
  • All sessions must be attended
  • Have completed World Rugby (IRB) online Rugby Ready Course prior to the course start date
  • Have completed World Rugby (IRB) online Laws prior to the course start date
  • Have completed RFU online Concussion Education Course prior to the course start date

bookings can be made here

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Dorset & Wilts Mini & Youth Coaching Conference 21st August

This years D&W coaching conference will be held at North Dorset RFC on Sunday 21st August from 0930 till 1600. There is a choice of CPD's for the morning of either;

Continuity in the 15 a side game
Kids First Refereeing Children
In the Afternoon we have a choice of five CPD's;

Kids First Tag under 8's
Kids First Refereeing Children
Kids First under 10's Rugby
Kids First under 12's Rugby
Kids First under 13's Rugby (covering the new Rules of Play)
All bookings via the RFU online System price is £5 per CPD