Fellow U16 Age Group Managers, School and College Rugby Leads, 


For the 2018/19 season I have taken on the role of Team Manager for the County U16 Squad.


The coaching team and I aim to give the best young players in this age group an experience worthy of the level of rugby they have attained, and we are seeking your support for what we are proposing. We intend to field a County XV and A XV for four fixtures against other counties.


There are three objectives for us in achieving this aim:


  • Appropriate training and preparation that doesn’t over play the young men involved in this critical GCSE year that is in line with RFU Regulations and guidance.
  • A fair chance to be assessed to achieve their potential and have the honour of playing for Hampshire; with the long-term goal of retention in our game and a desire to further represent the county in future seasons.
  • A match day experience.

To achieve this, we are proposing the following and hope you will be able to support us in this programme:


  1. Trials

We currently have a squad of 73 players who have been invited to enrol into the 2018/19 squad for an assessment process leading up to the winter break. We recognise that there may be players who have developed significantly in the 2017/18 season; or who are exceptional players that have recently arrived in the county, who we should be considering for inclusion in this squad.

If you have a player that you think falls into this category, please let me know and we will arrange for them to be integrated into the squad for assessment.

Final assessment day will be in December in the form of a friendly match.


  1. Squad Assessment and 1st half of season training

 We are very aware that our young players have significant rugby commitments and we want to work with you to manage that with them.


We are holding County sessions on two Sundays in the first half of the season on non-league Sundays and not the Sundays preceding League weekends, these are County allocated Sundays.


The programme will be:

28 OCT     SUN AM       Training Session 1

02 DEC     SUN AM       Match Squad Assessment Match


  1. Fixture and Match day preparation


The match programme component after the break is still being worked on but the working draft is:


04 JAN     FRI               Training Session 2 - Match Day Prep

06 JAN     SUN             v Surrey (A)

18 JAN     FRI EVE       Training Session 3- Match Day Prep
20 JAN     SUN PM       v Middlesex (H)               
01 FEB      FRI EVE      Training Session 4 - Match Day Prep

03 FEB      SUN PM      v Berkshire (H)

22 FEB      FRI EVE      Training Session 5- Match Day Prep

24 FEB      SUN PM      v Sussex (A)      


We hope that you will support this programme and assist us to achieve our aims and objectives to give our young players the recognition and rugby experience they deserve playing for Hampshire in the 2018/19 season.


Yours in rugby,

Arthur Rabjohn - Team Manager     


David Winson - Match Day Support Manager        
Nigel Philips - Head Coach 

Jamie Allen - Coach 

Paul Hillan - Coach                                                                     

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