Archive for 29 February 2016

15 group match reports 2016.

Even though the season got off to a soggy start we managed to play Yorkshire B at Stockport RFC on Sunday February 14th and we won a very exciting match 21-16.

On Wednesday February 24th we played our re-arranged match against Staffordshire where a combined A and B side won 71-0.

Special thanks go to Stockport RFC and Sandbach RFC for working hard to ensure the availability of their grounds for our games.

Our next match against Lancashire was postponed due to a wet pitch at New Brighton RFC. It will now be played at Stockport RFC on Sunday March 20th.

Our A and B teams travelled to Hull Ionians on Sunday February 28th and both lost their games. The B game was particularly close but Yorkshire gained revenge for their earlier defeat winning 22-17. The A match was a win to Yorkshire by 32-14 which was particularly disappointing. Losing to Yorkshire is not in itself a shock as they are a very powerful rugby county with huge resources but what was disappointing was the manner in which we lost. Our forwards failed to compete at the breakdown which gave Yorkshire too much control of the game. Josh Hadland and Sam Higginson didn’t really deserve to be on the losing side and we will be looking for a great improvement for our game against Lancashire. We have a very skilful group of players and I am optimistic that we can finish the season on a winning note against Lancashire and Kent.

Cheshire U20’s 19 v Northumbria 21 @ Wirral 28/2/16

There are times when a game has to be accepted for what it is. This was reflected in the Cheshire Presidents Paul Warrington’s comments in his post-match address. Without duplication, words here are sparse reflecting general Cestrian languor. Great individual performances were lost in unconsummated team responsibility. The performance review is complete and stays within the memory of those present in the changing room. Although it has been a difficult week in the build up to events at Wirral [ 3 front row concussions, Lock ;shoulder Injury, Flanker; broken nose, Centre torn hamstring ] affecting clubs, before County. High percentage of unplanned player change, albeit a diversion was no reason for game plan and set piece digression. Drilled opponents made easy gains. Fortunately no further injury occurred from a Tip-Tackle on a further young Cestrian. Some officiating decisions caused head scratching from both camps, none the less, three tries on each side in a lack lustre fixture adjusted only by conversions and penalties revealed the final score. This young Cheshire team did leave at least 12 points on the pitch, they as a group unreservedly have the determination and tenacity from within to put the deficit right. They have individual and collective character to re calibrate and focus upon the next challenge.


Thanks must be made to the Cheshire Clubs who released players, Wirral RUFC for hosting the fixture and the ever present supporters who travelled far and wide to support this event. A speedy recovery is wished to those injured [identified above].

As Eddie Jones recently said… “You need two things to win a game … you need talent and you need cohesion … and there is plenty of talent .. Work on cohesion… to make sure we keep improving “



The RFU has launched a short animation on aimed at making young players (within the 14-18 age group) aware of how to spot concussion and how to safely manage returning to school and sport following an injury.    Click here for more information

The short film is the latest addition to the “Don’t Be a Headcase” programme; an extensive online resource to help people prevent concussion injuries and Recognise, Remove, Recover and Return safely if an injury should happen.


Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson RFU

It is with much sadness the County have to announce the death of Alan Johnson . Alan was a member of Macclesfield RUFC for many years representing them on various committee roles . He was also Chairman of the County Cup Competition for several years , his experience being invaluable to the County .

The County would like to extend their heartfelt sympathy to all Alans family and friends and taking this opportunity to pay tribute to his commitment and hard work to the rugby fraternity.

funeral service will be held at St James’ Parish Church, Gawsworth, Nr Macclesfield, SK11 9RN at 12.30pm on Thursday 10 March, followed by cremation at Macclesfield Crematorium, West Park, Macclesfield, SK10 3BU at 1.20 pm. Afterwards refreshments will be available at Macclesfield Rugby Club, Priory Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 4AF. Denise and Paula have indicated that all are welcome at each venue.

They have requested family flowers only but donations can be made to: Gambia Education & Teaching Support – they support children and teachers for education in Gambia.  Alan sponsored a child through the charity and has visited the school it runs in Gambia a couple of times.

or: the children’s charity of Rugby.


Cheshire U17 Development Squad

Please see below the nominations for the Under 17 Development Squad excluding players who represented the Under 16, due to the numbers received we will be holding an initial trial to identify those nominated are at the appropriate level, final selection will then be posted on the website including those who are already known via County Representation.  Bold denotes who nominated the player.

Click on the link to see the list of players – Initial Trial

The Trial will be held on Monday 29th February at Sandbach RUFC from 19:00 and will consist of a trial game.  EVERYONE who wishes to attend the trial for consideration must confirm by email to by Thursday 25th February latest, If you do not confirm we will not be able to accommodate you on the evening.

Following final selection, dates and training venues will be posted on here but it is highly likely to be on Monday evenings from 7th March onwards, there will be 3 friendly fixtures followed by a further development day in the Summer leading into the selection process for the Under 18.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards
Steve Bate
Cheshire U17/18 Group Manager
07810 648040

Cheshire U15’s A v Yorkshire A U15.s group

at Hull Ionians RFC on Sunday February 28th KO 2pm

  • Coach picks up at Lymm Services at 8.30am and at the Decathlon off J1 M.60 at 9 am.
  • Travel in county tracksuits or polo shirts.
  • Wear white county shorts – socks and shirt will be provided
  • Bring smart clothes for the after match food and presentation of ties. No jeans.

15 George Inman Lymm /Lymm

14 Sam Oakes B.Leas / Sandbach

13 Tom Roebuck   Christleton / Chester

12 James Rooney Lymm /Lymm (Capt)

11 Rhys Spencer-Price T.Moore / Crewe and Nantwich

10 Tom Curtis C.Hulme / Stockport

9 Joe Corkish C.Rushen/ Nomads

8 Sam Higginson Kings / Wilmslow

7 Josh Hadland Bridgewater / Lymm

6 Alex Bishop Sandbach / Sandbach

5 Lawrence Kehoe Birkenhead / B.Park

4 Teddy Taylor Heber H.S.

3 Harry Ratcliffe   Lymm /Lymm

2 Sion Davenport Kings

1 Tom Clarke Oldershaw / B.Park

16 George Hyde Weaverham / W.Park

17 Derry O’Driscoll St.Ambrose / Alt.Kersal

18 Joe Johnson Lymm / Lymm

19 Jack Gilroy St.Anselms / B.Park

20 Lewis Halliday Congleton / Macclesfield

21 Will Davies Kings/ Macc.

22 Alfie Simpson Lymm / Lymm

Team Manager:- Brian David. Lead Coach:- Hugo Corbett.   Coaches:- Ben Coulbeck, Ryan Acton, Noel Speed, Andy Morton.