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CHESHIRE U18 SCHOOLS FINAL REPORT LYMM V WIRRAL

An early Christmas present for the Lymm 1st XV rugby team who retained the U18s Cheshire Cup. With the snow falling Lymm took on Wirral Grammar School, at the AJ Bell stadium as curtain raiser to the Sale Sharks European fixture against Cardiff Blues.

Josh Hadland from Lymm used his pace and strength to take him away from the covering defenders, and scored near the posts, converted by Alex Galloway.

Wirral came back into the game with a penalty  late in the first half to make it 7-3 at the interval.

From the restart, Wirral put a lot of pressure on the Lymm line but their scrambling defence and last gasp tackles and just simply working hard kept Wirral at bay. However, they couldn’t stop infringing and Wirral scored a further 6 points to take the score to 7-9 with 10 minutes left to play.

In what was a tense finale, Lymm won the game with the last kick for a Wirral Infringement to make the score 10-9.

L Pickles

team photo

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CHESHIRE U 16 DPP/ CB SESSION TONIGHT

Due to the weather conditions tonight’s session at St Ambrose has been cancelled.

This session has now been rearranged to Monday 18 Dec at St Ambrose 5.00 to 6.30 pm.

Sale Sharks DPP U13 Programme is launched…..

Sale Sharks Academy are pleased to launch our Developing Player Programme (DPP) for the Under 13 age grade in the 2017-18 rugby season.

The DPP is designed ‘to provide a first opportunity to identify those players with greatest potential to enter the pathway towards the professional game’ and works in conjunction with England Rugby and Cheshire and Lancashire CB’s. The programme is the first stage on the player pathway and is planned to interact with and complement the existing school, club and county playing programmes and provide further development without the conflict of competition.

We would like to invite you to nominate Under 13 players you believe may be of an appropriate standard through the attached letter (click on link below) and would welcome nominations of either stand out rugby union players or talented athletes from other sports with the ability to excel in the game.

The deadline for Under 13 nominations is Friday 2nd February.

Thank you in advance for your support of the DPP and if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Regards,

Noel Speed

Sale Sharks Academy.

DPP NOMINATION FORM 2017-18 UNDER 13

SUPPORT OUR CHESHIRE GIRL’S TEAMS THIS SUNDAY DEC 3RD V YORKSHIRE at WINNINGTON PARK 2PM kick off

CHESHIRE U15 & 18 TEAMS

Cheshire U15 & 18 Teams v Yorkshire

CHESHIRE U18 V CUMBRIA – MATCH REPORT

Cumbria vs Cheshire match report

Cheshire Senior ladies squad (2018) require the following:

Team Manager

Head Coach

Backs Coach

Forwards Coach

Assistant Coach x 2

These are honorary positions and the closing date for applications is December 15th 2017. All applicants will be notified early January 2018 if they are successful or not.

Trials for the squad will be held Feb 2018 (TBC) and training sessions will be Wednesday evenings with scheduled matches Apr 29, May 6 and May 13 2018.

Please fill in the application form Cheshire-Honorary-Coach-Application-Form-5 and return to: wprfcpaula@gmail.com

If you require any further information please contact Paula Bradbury on 07811 040786.

SALE SHARKS COMMITTED TO GRASSROOTS RUGBY

VIA THE 100 CLUB

CREWE & NANTWICH RECEIVE £10.000 donation………..

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Sale Sharks’ commitment to supporting grassroots rugby in the North West was further cemented this week with the club making a donation of £18,000 to four local sides as they marked the first anniversary of their 100 Club initiative.

Sale launched their 100 Club scheme a year ago with the long-term aim of engaging with 100 amateur clubs from across the North West to nurture rising stars from amateur to professional status.

As part of the 100 Club drive, Sale Sharks have set their ambition for the future to have 75 per cent of the club’s senior squad by 2020 consisting of players recruited from the region.

Individual clubs are also recognised and rewarded once players who began their careers there go on make their Sale first-team debuts with further significant rewards following if that player then achieves international honours.

To mark the 12-month anniversary, Sale held a special ceremony at the AJ Bell Stadium on Monday where four clubs received donations in recognition of their players’ progress with the Sharks.

Crewe and Nantwich received a £10,000 donation to mark the achievement of Tom Curry becoming an England international on this summer’s tour to Argentina. In addition, there were £2,000 awards to Manchester RUFC (Luke James), Waterloo RUFC (Sam Moore); and Preston Grasshoppers (Matt Sturgess and Arron Reed), with all four players having made their Sale first-team debuts this season.

Steve Diamond, Sale’s director of rugby, was on hand to make the presentations with Sharks attack coach Paul Deacon, defence coach Mike Forshaw, forwards coach Pete Anglesea and club commercial director Mark Cueto also in attendance.

The Sale director of rugby said the donations provided proof positive that 12 months on from the Sharks’ officially launching the 100 Club, the club’s tie-up with the grassroots rugby community continues to go from strength to strength. “Twelve months into the scheme it’s a pleasure to give the £18,000 away to local clubs,” said Steve. “We have five great young lads coming through in Tom, Luke, Sam, Matt and Arron.

“It was great to have representatives from almost 50 clubs there with us at the presentation, 72 of the clubs contribute to our Developing Player Programme and it’s all about us working with the local rugby community and giving something back.” Sale Sharks’ official partner, Bollington Insurance, was also present at the awards evening. Bollington have been key supporters of the 100 Club project, providing commercial insurance and risk assessments to rugby clubs who form part of the 100 Club together with personal and commercial insurance to club members and their families.

For more information on the 100 Club contact kate.bennetta@salesharks.com

CHESHIRE HARVESTERS WIN THEIR FIRST MATCH!!

Congratulations to the Cheshire Harvesters who won their inaugural fixture last night against Lancashire Royals 8- 43 at Sedgley Park last night.

On a dry evening both teams provided a showpiece advert for the Community Game, in excess of 24 clubs were represented in an end to end encounter that was a lot closer than the score suggests

The Harvester’s Manager Chris Brierley commented…. “the County had achieved the principles it was designed to achieve – namely engagement at all levels of the game. The effort and enthusiasm shown made me feel good about the existence of amateur rugby. It is still alive and kicking.

We have laid the foundation and the players will return to their clubs armed with a positive experience gained from hard work and teamwork. I hope that this will spread to all eligible clubs in the future.”

With Yorkshire looking to join Lancashire and Cheshire next season, the future of this initiative and Community Rugby is bright!

Cheshire Vase – Semi-final result from last night

Birkenhead Park 21 Sandbach 49

Sandbach will now play Wirral in the Vase Final over the Easter w/end

GOOD LUCK TO THE CHESHIRE GIRL’S AGE GRADE TEAMS THIS WEEKEND

This weekend sees the Cheshire U18 & U15 Girls in action against Cumbria at Kendal on Sunday Nov 19th. We wish them every success in their next round fixtures.

 

BE A GAME CHANGER COACH – England Rugby Level 3

Northwest Level 3 CPD 2017/18 Course Information – click below for further details or contact DaveLivesey@RFU.com

NW Level 3 CPD 1718

 

Cheshire U16 latest information from the DPP please click below for information

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Under 16 Cheshire DPP/County

Thank you to all players whom attended the Cheshire DPP/County Assessment Sessions last weekend, the coaches were pleased with both the standard and commitment of the players. Following the assessment session, the players listed below have been selected to attend the upcoming DPP sessions. These sessions will be run by County Coaches and act as a further development/assessment period before a County Squad is named in late December to prepare for competitive County Fixtures in January/February 2018.

Information regarding the DPP Sessions can be found on Sale Sharks Website. www.salesharks.com

Information regarding the County Programme can be found on Cheshire RFU Website. www.cheshirerfu.com

Che Hannigan, Keiran McGeever, Cree Jacobs, Ed Vita, Daniel Taylor, Ben Nurse, Felix Piasecki, Seb Affi, Nonso Agina, Joe Flynn, Jake Edge-Spedding, Ned Atkinson, Matthew Kendal, Kyle Platt, James Warr, Ollie Hill, Reeve Davis, Ruaridh Walker, Pantelis Stylianou, Scott Clarke, Patrick Hetherington, Matthew Bullock, Niall Wallis, Will Ridgway, Ethan Pratt, Danny Haslett, Emilio Ramirez, Max Gilbert, Sam Frank, Ted Williams, Elliot Sincock, Ewan Hoskin, Liam Conboy, Tim Rattray, Archie Manger, Ben Lyon, Dan Jones, George McCann, Luca Longman, Alfie Thelwell, Will Barton, Oli Higson, Harry Benjamin.

We know there will be a number of players whom will be disappointed not to be involved in the programme at this stage. Please be assured there are continual opportunities to enter the academy/county pathway both throughout this season and in future age grades.

Noel Speed

DPP Lead

Sale Sharks

Important Information re Cheshire U16’s for this season
click on the link below

Cheshire County U16 2017-18

County Age Grade teams – U18 Boys, U18 & U15 Girls

This Sunday Oct 29th  sees our U18 Boys start their County Programme at the Durham Festival at Darlington Mowden Park and our U 18 & U15 Girls at Winnington Park against Lancashire. For a full list of fixtures click on the link.

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Cheshire Competitions Semi-Final Results

Cheshire Vase
WIRRAL 42 LYMM 26
BIRKENHEAD PARK v SANDBACH -To be played Thursday 16/11/2017

Cheshire Bowl
NEW BRIGHTON 45 CONGLETON 8
WINNINGTON PARK 56 DUKINFIELD 14

Cheshire Plate
ELLESMERE PORT 33 OLDERSHAW 8
KNUTSFORD 24  SOUTHERN NOMADS 36

The finals of all competitions will be held on Saturday 31/03/2018 (Cup & Vase) and Easter Monday 02/04/2018 (Bowl & Plate) venues TBA

Sale Sharks U16 DPP Player Assessment Information

Under 16 Cheshire County-DPP 2017

Under 16 Cheshire County-DPP 2017

Hello and Welcome to Cheshire Harvesters

Cheshire ‘Harvesters’ are a team that Cheshire RFU is starting up to reflect the quality of players that play rugby every Saturday for their clubs that are at level 5 and down. It will be managed by former player Chris Brierley and assisted by former Cheshire Presidents Paul Warrington and Martin Wroe.

The first match is being played on Wednesday November 15th at Sedgley Park RUFC against our equivalent team from Lancashire (Lancashire Royals) k.o.7.30pm

Why?

The County recognises age grade rugby up to the age of U20 and then there is a big gap until the full County 1st XV. As Cheshire is in the 1st division of the RFU County Championship it is permitted to select players from level 3 and below. In practice this means that, the majority of the squad are players at levels 3 & 4 with a few from level 5. This means that up to 40 Cheshire clubs have little or no County recognition.

The Harvesters are going to select players from Cheshire clubs at level 5 and below and reward them with County honours as Harvesters.

Future….

There will be at least one further match this season and as we speak Yorkshire RFU are looking favourably into starting a team of their own. This could very easily lead to more County fixtures in the coming seasons.

 

REMINDER – Age Grade Codes of Practice – Are You In?

Click here to view the Age Grade Codes of Practice and say you’re ‘in’.

The Age Grade Codes of Practice, which replace previous guidance, provide support and guidance to coaches and teachers in:

  • Developing the whole player – to ensure holistic player development
  • Playing and training frequency – to address over and under playing and ensure a balanced rugby programme
  • Grouping of players – to ensure inclusivity and support individual player development
  • Playing out of age group – to enhance player development and confirm what is permitted in regulation
  • Out of season activity, camps and tours  – clarifying regulation and requirements for camps and tours
  • Minimum standards for coaches and referees – detailing how coaches and referees can achieve best practice

REMINDER – RUGBY SURVEY – Have your say

Click here to take the National Rugby Survey 2017.

 

“WHY NOT GRAB RECENT GRADUATES FOR YOUR CLUB TEAMS”

Follow links for specific information (Touchline – Sept.)

My Rugby/Universities/Keep Connected

http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/education/universities/student-development/

Find my Rugby

http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/find-rugby/

 

RFU Head Injury Assessment/Age Grade Codes/ National Rugby Survey

Follow link for latest information

RFU Head Injury Assessment Age Grade Codes National Rugby Survey

IMPORTANT REMINDER – RFU COACHING COURSES

Please see below details of two upcoming English Rugby Coaching Award level 2 courses being held in Cheshire.

Note: deadline for application is 10 days before the start date

Wirral Grammar 8th October – 5th November – 19th November
Book on here – http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/courses/search/#/search?id=&c=&eventid=226335617

Sandbach School 15th October – 12th November – 26th November
Book on here http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/courses/search/#/search?id=&c=&eventid=226335808 

 

CHESHIRE COMPETITIONS – Semi-Final draws

Vase

Birkenhead Park v Sandbach

Wirral v Lymm

Bowl

Congleton v New Brighton

Winnington Park v Dukinfield

Plate

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

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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

http://www.cheshirerfu.co.uk/sale-sharks-u14-u16-dpp-nominations/

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

kate.bennetta@salesharks.com

CHESHIRE COMPETITIONS – DRAW FOR 2017-2018 SEASON

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

MACCLESFIELD  v  CALDY SALE  v  CHESTER

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

CHESHIRE VASE

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

1st ROUND

AlLTRINCHAM KERSAL  v  WIRRAL CREWE & NANTWICH  v  BIRKENHEAD PARK NORTHWICH or STOCKPORT  v  LYMM SANDBACH  v  WILMSLOW

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

CHESHIRE BOWL

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

NEW BRIGHTON  v. DOUGLAS 2nd xv WINNINGTON PARK  .v ANSELMIANS DUKINFIELD  v  PORT SUNLIGHT CONGLETON   v  HOYLAKE

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

CHESHIRE PLATE

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

WESTERN VIKINGS v SOUTHERN NOMADS

OXTON PARKONIANS V ELLESEMERE PORT

HELSBY V PRENTON

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

OLDERSHAW v HELSBY or PRENTON

KNUTSFORD v MOORE

WALLASEY v WESTERN VIKINGS OR SOUTHERN NOMADS

OXTON or ELLESMERE PORT v HOLMES CHAPEL

 

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

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)

Financial Annual General Meeting 2017

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This is advance notice that the FAGM will be held at Chester RFC on Thursday the 14th September 2017 at 6.30pm

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John Downham
Hon. Secretary
Cheshire RFU

Easter Weekend – Cheshire Competitions results

‘Congratulation’s to the winners of the Cheshire Competitions

Cup Final:- Caldy  35  v  19  Sandbach

Vase Final:- Birkenhead Pk.  10  v  36  Northwich

Bowl Final: Hoylake  25  v  20  Winnington Pk.

Plate Final: Oldershaw  8  v  26  Port Sunlight

Join us!

Cheshire RFU Individual Membership

If you would like to become an Individual member of Cheshire RFU, giving you free entry to the County games and the Cheshire, Cup, Plate, Vase, Bowl and Veterans Finals then please complete the application form below and send it along with payment to the address on the form. As a fully paid up member you will also be able to apply for International tickets through the County.

CHESHIRE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP FORM

Membership Fee: Annual £15.00
Life Member: £120

(Please note that Subs must be paid by the end of August)

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