England v Samoa - Tickets on Sale 10am 18 August
Want to watch England in action this season? As an England Rugby Club social member, you have the opportunity to purchase tickets for England’s Old Mutual Wealth Series match with Samoa on Saturday 25 November.
It was fifteen years ago today...
Well, maybe not exactly fifteen years ago today, but on Tuesday 20th August 2002, London Welsh played a pre-season friendly at Staines. We were about to embark on a fifth season in National League One (level two) and we finished the season in fifth place - behind Rotherham, Worcester, Exeter and Orrell - to be ranked as the best semi-professional club in the land.
WELCOME TO OUR WORLD 3 - Dominic Day
Globe-trotting Dominic Day is the latest recruit to join Saracens and will bolster the second row. Dominic is now 31 but still in the prime of his life. He was born in Haverfordwest in August 1985 and grew up in Lamphey. At school he was interested in Athletics and threw the discus for Welsh Schools. When he took up rugby he started as a number 8 before moving to lock. His talent was noticed by his PE teacher who recommended him to Pembroke Rugby Club and he joined them on leaving school. He was also invited to join Scarlets Academy.
Hot Dogs in the Sun
It was a convivial atmosphere at Hazelwood as Exiles and Quins fans gathered on a sunny Saturday afternoon to share a pint, perhaps a hot dog and a good look at their respective teams.
Pre-Season: Bristol vs Harlequins
Seems such a long time ago that we had the chance to watch Quins in action so a trip to the west countryside was too tempting to turn down albeit that the weather forecast was not the greatest. Set out from home and experienced the full range of British weather on the journey together with the usual long delays on the M25 and M4. So despite a plan having me arriving at the ground at one thirty, I managed to arrive a whole 10 minutes before two thirty kick off.
WELCOME TO OUR WORLD 2 - Christopher Tolofua
Our latest new recruit is French Hooker (now there’s a thought), Christopher Tolofua. Chris was born in Frejus, down on the Cote D’Azur in France on New Year’s Eve in 1993. His family originate from the French South Pacific Islands of Wallis and Futuna (google them, they look rather nice!).
Balancing Act: Pre Season Friendlies
Bath’s pre season friendlies will require a more than usually careful balancing act this month. In most years the coaches must trade off game time for all, development of key units and trial of new combinations, while attempting to build squad confidence and avoid untimely injury. This season, their preparations are complicated by the impact of summer tours, stalled recruitment and a lengthy injury list. Todd Blackadder has described late July and August as “ crucial in our preparation”. He further suggested that a high calibre of opposition was deliberately selected to set the squad up well for one of the toughest Premiership starts for many years. The three opponents chosen will certainly be testing: first a traditional derby against a Bristol side smarting from relegation, followed by visits to Pro 12 Semi Finalists Ospreys and Leinster. Blackadder also sees ‘fine tuned match day preparation away from the Rec” as essential to the new AP campaign. He will want to avoid a repeat of last season when having laid the ghost of Franklin’s Gardens, a bogey venue for a decade and a half, in the opening round, his team then conspired to lose most of their away games, including to all the bottom four finishers. The challenge therefore is a tough one on three fronts: correct past failings, manage present disruption and arrive in September fit and battle hardened for a baptism of fire. So- what should supporters expect from the next three weeks?
Once more unto the breach dear friends
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our Warrior dead.
NEWS: Off Season Marching On Quiz
We're currently in the Close Season lull & in need of articles to keep our licence to operate the site. Many thanks therefore go to poster "jazzman" for putting together a Quiz! There's no prizes for: 1. Getting all the answers right 2. Being the first to post all the answers 3. Working "Jim & Nobby must go" into an answer. To allow everyone to have a think, I'd suggest no-one posts any answers until 00.01am on Thursday 15th June. That of course doesn't mean you can't mislead people & "discuss" NB: If anyone doubts anyone's intelligence there will be an instant ban ;-)
NEWS: Northampton Saints v Dragons
First pre-season game of the season - looking forward to seeing some new players!