Birkenhead Park v Sandbach

Wirral v Lymm


Congleton v New Brighton

Winnington Park v Dukinfield


Ellesmere Port v Oldershaw

Knutsford v Southern Nomads

All games to be played on 14/10/17


RFU ACTIVATE – Injury Prevention Exercise Programme – now live

Activate is an evidence-based injury prevention programme that has been developed following a number of research studies. The training and pre-match exercise programme focuses on balance, strength and agility in order to better prepare players for the physical demands of exercise and aims to mitigate potential injury risks. Activate can be integrated as part of the warm up element of any rugby session before training or matches.

More information and access to the free Activate online resources can be found here:

A free two hour practical session has been developed to equip coaches and teachers with the key components of the exercise programme so that they can deliver it as part of their existing rugby and PE sessions. Our research suggests that coaches/teachers who attended the face to face session were more competent and confident in delivering the programme effectively. Therefore it is highly recommended that coaches and teachers attend the face to face session prior to accessing the online resources.

To organise a free face-to-face session at your club or school please contact your local Rugby Development Officer/Community Rugby Coach.

ERCA Courses – latest dates and venues

ERCA course information

FAGM Thursday Sept 14th – Chester RFC – 6.30pm



Cheshire U20 Training and Fixture dates now available

U 20’s referral 2017 18 2nd circ ALL CLUBS

Cheshire Competition’s Latest Results

Cheshire Cup

Macclesfield 19 Caldy. 36
Sale 21 Chester 7

Caldy will play Sale in the final over the Easter week-end venue tba

Cheshire Vase

Altrincham Kersal 12 Wirral 38
C&N v Birkenhead Park C&N concede
Northwich 12 Lymm 40
Sandbach 50 Wilmslow 17

Wirral,Birkenhead Park,Lymm,and Sandbach go into the semifinal draw

Cheshire Bowl

New Brighton 38 Douglas 15
Winnington Park 31 Anselmians 24
Dukinfield 41 Port Sunlight 19
Congleton 20 Hoylake 12

New Brighton,Winnington Park,Dukinfield and Congleton go into the semifinal draw

Cheshire Plate

Oldershaw v   Prenton   (Prenton concede)
Knutsford 25 Moore 8
Wallasey 14 Southern Nomads 71
Ellesmere Port 31 Holmes Chapel 5

Oldershaw,Knutsford,Southern Nomads, and Ellesmere Port go into the semifinal draw

Semi- Final draws to take place after the County meeting on Sept 14th.

All semifinal matches MUST be played on 14/10/2017

Sale Sharks U14 – U 16 DPP Nominations 2017/18


Sale Sharks Academy – Are you interested in finding out more?

Dear All,

Following the success of last season’s Academy Communication Forum and the great feedback received we will be running a similar format as last time.

We would like to invite you to attend our next Academy Communication Forum on Friday 29th September 2017 at the AJ Bell.

The topic’s presented are specifically aimed at ‘Communication’, which will be delivered in 4 sections;

  • The Sale Sharks Vision (BT)
  • The Relaunch of the DPP (NS)
  • Communication Framework of the RPPG (KA)
  • Safeguarding (CB)

The event will start at 18:00 followed by watching Sale Sharks take on Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership kick off at 20:00.

Food will be provided by the Regional Player Pathway Group free of charge (a pie and mash) and the Academy are happy to provide a complimentary ticket to everyone who wants to attend this forum.

It is therefore imperative that you advise if you would like to attend the forum confirming the following, – No later than 1st September

  1. Attendance
  2. You require a match ticket
  3. You require food
  4. You require a car parking pass

Kind Regards

Kate Bennetta

Sale Sharks Academy Administrator


Paula Bradbury – Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Volunteer of the Year

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Paula Bradbury pictured here with Tracey Crouch Sport’s Minister is building on the success of her recent Mitsubishi award and has now won the 2017 Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards – Community Volunteer of the year award.

The 2017 Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards recognise those who have contributed to their community programmes and those who have been transformed by them.

“It’s about people positively engaging and overcoming adversity through sport,” said sports minister Tracey Crouch, who was at the ceremony

Paula was nominated by Sale Sharks for her outstanding contribution in helping establish the women’s game in Greater Manchester.

“Three years ago my daughter wanted to play rugby, but she didn’t want to play with boys,” explained Paula after being named Community Volunteer of the Year.

“At that point it was her and a few other girls who had brothers who played – and it went from there really.”

Paula set up and now runs the girls’ and women’s teams at Winnington Park RFC near Northwich and gets involved at county level as well. She has even started playing rugby in the past year.

(Courtesy of BBC & Sale Sharks)


CHESHIRE CUP (games to be played 25/08-28/08/2017)


The Cup Final will be played Saturday 31/03/2018 venue TBA


Preliminary Round- NORTHWICH.v. STOCKPORT (game to be played between 05-08-2017 and 25-08-2017)



The Semi-finals of the Vase Competition will be played on Saturday 14/10/2017


1st ROUND (to be played 25/08-28/08/2017


The Semi-finals of the Bowl Competition will be played on Saturday 14/10/2017


Preliminary round (to be played between 5/08 – 25/08/2017)




1st ROUND to be played BH weekend 25/08-28/08/2017






The Semi-finals of the Plate Competition will be played on Saturday 14/10/2017

Cheshire Mitsubishi awards Presentation

Richard Graham Congratulations to Richard Graham from Chester and Paula Bradbury from Winnington Park who are photographed receiving their Cheshire Mitsubishi awards at the recent presentations in the Gallagher’s dealerships of Sandycroft and Warrington. They now go forward to the National final at Twickenham on September 15th, where the three overall winners will be announced with the prize being the use of a Mitsubishi vehicle for a year.

Richard set up touch rugby at MBNA business and now has a base of 75 people playing the game during the week. He has also taken ownership of the O2 touch programme at Chester which was floundering till his agreement now has seen the membership of touch at the club exceed 150 members with 5 of them representing England group levels.

Richard commented “I am honoured to have been nominated for the award and it was an amazing surprise to go on to be representing this region in the national final.  I feel that without the hard work of others at the club, I would not be in this position and would like to thank all involved at Chester RUFC and Chester Cheetahs Touch Club for their continued support.  I have to say that I just wanted people to play Touch with, and what we have achieved at the club makes me very proud to be part of it!”


Paula BradburyPaula has helped to setup and run a girls and ladies section at Winnington. With her constant work Winnington now have girls at all ages for next season and a women’s team also. She also heads up the running and co-ordination of the County girls programme alongside the girl’s rugby and running her own age group. Paula helps to lead the Cheshire W&G Forum and attends all the CBRDP meetings within Cheshire and supporting the development of PFR across the county for W&G.

Paula says “I know there are many other deserving volunteers out there, but I’m grateful for the recognition because it brings public awareness to girls and ladies rugby and what we are trying to achieve, which is to give everyone the opportunity to take part in this great game, no matter age, ability and previous experience. There is a place for everyone on a rugby pitch and I feel proud to be able to help with moving this area of the game forward. “


We wish them every success and hope they enjoy their weekend

England Counties U20s overcome Holland in Amsterdam


  • England Counties U20 beat Holland A 36-8
  • Counties score five tries in impressive performance
  • Click here to read the story on EnglandRugby.com

England Counties U20 began their tour of the Netherlands with a 36-8 win over Holland A at the National Stadium in Amsterdam. 

A physical Holland side put pressure on the visitors early on but England’s defence held firm and they took a 3-0 after 10 minutes with a penalty from Fraser Honey.

The hosts soon levelled the score before Counties began to assert control over the game. After 20 minutes Nick Ashcroft scored an impressive try after multiple phases which Honey converted.

Winger Charlie Venebales and scrum-half Josh Nott then dotted down soon after with Honey slotting both conversions to make it 24-3 at half time.

England began the second half with all the momentum and scored early on through Ollie Burgess who pounced on an error from the hosts to dive over from two metres out. The conversion was missed making it 29-3.

And the scored stayed that way for most of the second half with both sides showing their defensive strength.

But England were able to extend their lead when Connor Wilkinson got on the end of another error to touch down under the posts which was once again converted.

Holland were able to grab a late consolation try to make it 36-8 at the final whistle in what proved to be a good test for England Counties ahead of a match against a Holland side featuring the majority of the senior team in Watergaareden in North Holland this Saturday, 2.30pm kick off.

England Counties U20

  1. Seb Brownhill (Bishop’s Stortford/Hertfordshire)
  2. Chris Taylor (Preston GrassHoppers/Cheshire)
  3. Karl Garside (Old Albanians/Herfordshire)
  4. Cameron Gray (Coventry/Warwickshire)
  5. Nick Ashcroft (Fylde/Lancashire)
  6. Seb Cecil (University of Nottingham and Nottingham Academy/East Midlands)
  7. Bailey (Bournemouth/Loughborough and Dorset & Wiltshire)
  8. Sam Hudson (Otley and Loughborough University/Yorkshire)
  9. Josh Nott (Broadstreet and Nottingham Academy/Warwickshire)
  10. Fraser Honey (Cornish All Blacks/Cornwall)
  11. Tom Carleton (Fylde and Manchester Met/Lancashire)
  12. Connor Wilkinson (Fylde and Manchester Met/Lancashire)
  13. Ollie Burgess (Old Albanians/East Midlands)
  14. Charlie Venables (Leeds Beckett/Cheshire)
  15. Tobias Robinson (St Austell/Cornwall)
  16. John Whittaker (Sandbach/Cheshire)
  17. Griffi Whitson (Reading University/Berkshire)
  18. William Dennis (Harrogate/Yorkshire)
  19. Tui Uru (Ipswich/Eastern Counties)
  20. Rob Fogerty(Brighton Blues/Sussex)
  21. Matt Bendin (Hertfordshire)
  22. Will Luxford (Old Elthamians/Kent)


England Counties U20 name squad for first tour match


  • England Counties U20 to play Netherlands A on Wednesday
  • The team will be captained by Cheshire’s Chris Taylor
  • Read the article on EnglandRugby.com

England Counties U20 have selected their side to face Netherlands A on Wednesday in Amsterdam.

The side will be captained by Chris Taylor of Cheshire with Conor Wilkinson of Lancashire as vice-captain.

The match will kick off at 6.30pm (BST) at the National Rugby Centre in Amsterdam and will be followed by another clash between the two sides on Saturday, 10 June.

The team will be led by Head Coach Richie Williams as well as forwards coach Paul Arnold.

“This is an exciting opportunity for these players to showcase their talent and develop their decision making and leadership qualities,” said chairman of selectors John Young.

“Their selection is the culmination of hard work, diligence and enthusiasm to succeed.”

England Counties U20s:

1 Seb Brownhill (Bishop’s Stortford/Hertfordshire) 2 Chris Taylor (Preston GrassHoppers/Cheshire) 3 Karl Garside (Old Albanians/Herfordshire) 4 Cameron Gray (Coventry/Warwickshire) 5 Nick Ashcroft (Fylde/Lancashire) 6 Seb Cecil (University of Nottingham and Nottingham Academy/East Midlands)  7 Rahat Choudhury (University of Nottingham and Nottingham Academy/ Notts,Lincs, and Derby) 8 Sam Hudson (Otley and Loughborough University/Yorkshire) 9 Josh Nott (Broadstreet and Nottingham Academy/Warwickshire) 10 Fraser Honey (Cornish All Blacks/Cornwall) 11 Tom Carleton (Fylde and Manchester Met/Lancashire) 12 Connor Wilkinson (Fylde and Manchester Met/Lancashire) 13 Ollie Burgess (Old Albanians/East Midlands) 14 Charlie Venables (Leeds Beckett/Cheshire) 15 Tobias Robinson (St Austell/Cornwall)

16 John Whittaker (Sandbach/Cheshire) 17 Griffi Whitson (Reading University/Berkshire) 18 William Dennis (Harrogate/Yorkshire) 19 Sam Bailey (Bournemouth/Loughborough and Dorset & Wiltshire) 20 Tui Uru (Ipswich/Eastern Counties) 21 Rob Fogerty(Brighton Blues/Sussex) 22 Matt Bendin (Hertfordshire) 23 Will Luxford (Old Elthamians/Kent)

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