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The  University of Portsmouth Rugby Club are looking for various coaches to assist next season 
 
Assistant Coaches click here for details
 
Women’s Lead Coach & Assistant Coaches click here for details
 
Lead Coach for Men’s 4th to 6th Teams click here for details
 
If you are interested or have any questions please contact:-
Nick Parker
UPRFC Head Coach
Mobile No. 07986989679

Here are the dates for the forth coming award course that will be held in the County during the 2018 / 19 Season.  

 

To book a place please go to the following link 

 

https://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/courses/search/#/search

 

Note: Some of the courses may not yet be uploaded onto the website, but here are the dates so that you are aware that they have been organised.

 

ERCA (England Rugby Coaching Award) / 

 

ERRA  (England Rugby Referee Award)

 

Course

Venue

Dates

ERCA

Lord Wandsworth College

2018 Sept  - 16th

23rd

30th

ERCA

Oasis (1/2 Term)

2018 Oct - 23rd

24th

26th

ERRA

Gosport

2018 Oct - 22nd

23rd

ERCA

HMS Temeraire

2018 Nov - 18th

25th

Dec  2nd

ERCA

Oasis

2019 Feb - 2nd

3rd

9th

ERCA

HMS Collingwood (1/2 Term)

2019 Feb - 18th

20th

22nd

ERRA

Oasis

2019 Mar - 2nd

3rd

ERCA

Lord Wandsworth College

2019 Mar - 17th

24th

31st

ERCA

Oasis

2019 May - 11th

12th

19th

ERCA

HMS Temeraire

2019 Jun - 1st

2nd

8th

ERRA

Alton RFC

2019 Jun - 15th

16th

ERCA

Lord Wandsworth College

2019 Jun - 23rd

30th

Jul 7th

The First Award was the FMT Bunney Trophy for the County Championship Player of the Year.

 

This was awarded to Joel Knight

 

When asked to think about who to give this award to both the head coach, Ian Chandler, and myself as manager didn’t have to deliberate long. We both came up with the same name of Joel Knight.

Though Joel plays his rugby at Havant RFC, he works and lives in London during the week. His commitment to the squad saw him doing a trip straight from work in London to attend the squads’ mid-week training sessions before heading back to London that same evening. Huge commitment indeed!

However, when Ian and myself thought about who would we have missed the most in the squad based on their individual impact to our game it was Joel who was that player. His ability to see the opportunities in attack and the dangers in defence were not withstanding. His performance in the game at Taunton just showed his ability to attack the game with great vision in seeing the space and opportunities and his on-field presence just helped to inspire the team around him to record what was the counties highest score of 5 -66. Over the three Championship games he just kept the score board ticking over with 4 tries, 8 conversions and 3 penalties. Both as one of the leaders on the field and his feedback and working with the coaches Joel always is honest, respectful and motivates those around him…..an all round role model.Joel is a credit to Hampshire Rugby and through his commitment, fully deserves the award of the FMT Bunney trophy for 2018.

 (Joel was unavailable on the night and the award will be done at a later date)

 

 

The Brian Short Memorial Trophy –

 

Brian Short, former County President, was an enthusiastic supporter of County youth rugby and wanted an annual award to go to a young Hampshire player who epitomised the spirit of Hampshire rugby: not necessarily the best player but one who put in the effort and was a team player.

 

This year’s winner is Tom Nixon.

 

Tom Nixon, who has played for Trojan's since he was 8, captained the U17 and U18 Hampshire County side with true leadership. He galvanised the squad both on and off the field helping to create a one team attitude; gaining respect and support from all as he grew into the role. Winning every game in this selection season, Tom often had to rally the team in the second half to secure spectacular wins, ensuring he always led from the front. Not being the biggest of second rows, his personal determination to secure and steal ball in the line out, his work rate about the park and in contact demonstrated his real rugby skill. He was unlucky not to be selected for England Counties having made Regional trials but remains a real credit to his club, County and the true spirit of a team player. 

 Tom Nixon Brian Short Memorial

Tom received the Trophy and Tankard from the President Rick Scott.

 

The Robbie Keast Awards

 

Robbie Keast, who had played for the County U15’s, 16’s and 17’s; at the age of twenty-two and having just gained first class honours in Engineering at Warwick University, died in a road accident. His family and friends made a very generous donation to Hampshire Schools RFU which has enabled two awards to be made in his memory – one for U16’s and one for U18’s. The Awards are in recognition of commitment, dedication and to a player who shows true qualities of sportsmanship.

The President introduced Robbie’s Father Gary who was present to award the Robbie Keast Awards to this year’s recipients.

 

 

The Robbie Keast U16 Award went to Sam Thompson.

Sam meets all the criteria for this award. He always shows a positive attitude and puts the team ahead of himself. A well liked member of the team, he quietly goes about his business; always trying to improve himself and those around him. 

Sam is always one of the first names on the team sheet. He is the sort of player that does the basics well and always plays with maximum effort. He is willing to do the hard and often unseen work needed to retain the ball. A calm influence on the team, he provides good support to the Captain in getting the best out of the team.

Sam has a great rugby brain and is a pleasure to coach. He puts every effort in to training and is quick to encourage his team mates. He is one of the unsung heroes of the side and it is my pleasure to finally give him the recognition he deserves.

 

 Sam Thompson U16 Keast

Sam received the Trophy and Tankard from the Gary Keast

 

The Robbie Keast U18 Award went to Zachary Clow.

 

Zachary Clow from Havant Academy; has played at centre for the County each year from U16. He was made vice-captain last year in the U18’s. He has been a unanimous choice for the Robbie Keast Award not only for his contribution as a player to help deliver an undefeated season but his support to the captain, team and coaching staff in creating a one team attitude. His absolute commitment to training and skill as a rugby player gained him selection for the U18 England Counties team where as vice-captain he helped secure two exciting and hard fought wins against Ireland. Zach contributed with a brilliant individual first half try, beating two players before outpacing the cover from deep within his own half. He ended the season with a significant try scoring tally including 4 on his 18th birthday to help beat Hertfordshire away. This has been a tremendous season for Zach and he is a truly worthy winner of this award.

 Zach Clow U18 Keast

 Zach received the Trophy and Tankard from the Gary Keast

 

 

 The John Sneezum U20 Captains Tankard – was awarded Josh Moore

 

Josh has been an admirable and well deserved captain of this season’s under 20 squad. Although ultimately frustrating, the campaign was still marked by a number of notable successes. The second season in the top level of the Championship saw Josh leading from the front with his powerful and determined running off the back row, scoring as well as leading the team to victory against Dorset and Wilts. This was followed up by a narrow defeat away to Cornwall, who went on to the final at Twickenham. Although another close defeat at home to Gloucestershire meant Josh’s troops did not make it out of the group stage. However Josh had put in impressive displays in front of the divisional assessors and he was one of 9 Hampshire players who were invited to the assessment days for the London Division. Unfortunately Josh was unable to attend as his University commitments at Swansea clashed with the  divisional trials, so Josh ran out instead at the Liberty Stadium in front of a big crowd for the annual fixture against Cardiff University. Josh has to be thanked for his significant contribution to another successful season for the County under 20 team and we wish him every success on the next stage of his rugby journey. (Josh was away in Thailand so was unable to receive the Trophy and Tankard on the night)

 

 

 

County Badge Awards

 

In recognition of their service to the Union, County Badges were awarded to:

 

Rob Batley - for his service to the Hampshire RFU as the County XV and Age group manager and Manager at the Toynbee HEPT centre over the last few years..

 Rob Batley CB

The President awarded the Badge to Rob.

 

Terry Burwell - for his contribution as the incoming RFU Council representative and the chairman of Hampshire Rugby Referees. (He was unavailable on the night) 

 

Ian Chandler - for his coaching contribution as head coach to the senior Club Hampshire teams over the past few years.

 Ian Chandler CB

The President awarded the Badge to Ian.

 

David Creal - for his contribution to Hampshire in the role of Discipline Secretary for many years.

 David Creal CB

The President awarded the Badge to David.

 

Julie Greenslade - for her service to the Hampshire RFU as the Admin officer and now as Executive Director.

 Julie Greenslade CB r

The President awarded the Badge to Julie.

 

George Nightingale - for his contribution to the junior Club Hampshire teams and two HEPT centres over the years.

 George Nightingale CB

The President awarded the Badge to George.

 

Vice President nominations

 

The Management Board nominated Joe Cloke and Nigel Morgan to become Vice Presidents and receive the County Shield.

 

 Joe Cloke VP

The President awarded the County Plaque to Joe Cloke 

 

 Nigel Morgan VP

The President awarded the County Plaque to Nigel Morgan

To Hampshire Clubs, Members, Volunteers, Players and Coaches

 

I trust that you are well and enjoying the summer weather and taking a well-earned break from Rugby, if that’s possible.     If not, thank you for your continued support to our game throughout the year as we prepare for a new season.  

 

Today marks the day that I take over from Neil Hagerty as the Hampshire Clubs representative on the RFU Council, following my election in April.   Firstly I want to thank Neil for his excellent support to Rugby in Hampshire over the past 13 years that he has been our representative.   During that time, he has steadfastly ensured that the interests and concerns of our Clubs has been high on the RFU Agenda and he has had some notable success with offshore funding, competitions and club development support.   His dedication over the past 13 years has meant that our clubs have had a first class advocate and strong voice on many issues that impact on our ability to deliver our sport to so many participants.   We owe him a debt of gratitude and a promise that he will always be welcome in our Clubs, Schools and Colleges.  Thank you Neil.

 

The close season, as many of you will appreciate, is no longer a quiet time for our Clubs and volunteers and this year has been no exception.  Following on from the Clubs meeting at the end of last season, a working group was established by HRFU to consult on the critical issue of recruitment and retention in our game and how we can ensure that more players ‘transition’ through the age-grades to Adult rugby participation.  I was pleased to facilitate 5 cluster meetings that were well attended by a cross section of club officers and members and we in the process of finalising a report on how we, in Hampshire, can address this at Club level and what HRFU and RFU can do to actively support your programmes.

 

Clubs throughout the County mobilised an army of volunteers to deliver Nat West Rugby Force, with funding support from the RFU, Nat West and HRFU.  I was able to attend 13 of the Clubs and was very impressed by the quality of work being undertaken and the teamwork and club togetherness that was such a feature of the events.  I congratulate you on some fantastic ideas but more importantly the delivery of the projects undertaken.

 

At the beginning of July we were informed by the RFU that they were undertaking a consultation process that would result in a number of RFU employees being made redundant.  The consultation process with the employees, in our case RDOs and CRCs, resulted in some recommendations that would reduce the Community Rugby workforce nationally and impact on our local delivery team.  The initial recommendation would have seen our workforce reduce from 2 RDO and 5 CRC professional staff to 1 RDO and 4 CRC, to which after discussion with the HRFU President and Chairman we presented an alternative option.  We were very keen to retain both our RDOs, who have done an excellent job in the County and are well respected by all our Clubs, Schools and Colleges and looked at ways that this could be achieved, given the criteria the RFU had utilised in their decisions.  In the event 3 of our CRCs have opted to take voluntary redundancy and new employments, so our proposal was for the retention of both RDOs and a reduction to 2 CRCs, which whilst not ideal is at best manageable.  This has now been accepted by the RFU and the threat of redundancy to one of our RDOs removed.  It does mean that we have reduced resource and we will be working hard to mitigate the impact on our programmes and maintain our support to all sectors of the game in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands.  The critical issue will be to focus on supporting programmes that will make a key difference to participation in Rugby in Hampshire as we work to ensure more players play more rugby more often supported by more volunteers in our Clubs, Schools and Colleges.  This has been a difficult period for our professional staff and HRFU Executive but we are now all looking forward to next season and the opportunities and challenges it will bring.

 

Finally, may I take this opportunity to ask you to contact me direct with any issues that you feel I can support you with and make representation to the RFU through our constituent body, Hampshire RFU.    I hope over the course of the season to visit all of our Clubs both in my role as HRFU Clubs representative but also as Chairman of Hampshire Rugby Referees, either when invited or in my role as referee or referee match developer.  I hope you all have a very successful season, with lots of Rugby at all levels played and lots of fun and enjoyment along the way.

 

Best wishes for Season 2018/19

 

Terry Burwell

HRFU Clubs Representative on RFU Council

Get ready for the new season by checking you and your Club coaches have the qualifications they need.

Follow this link to the new 2018/19 RFU Training Booklet.

https://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/MyRugby/Coaches/01/32/52/75/RFUTrainingCourseBooklet_English.pdf

 

 

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