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Latest News & Match Reports
Our visitors this Saturday are Southend Saxons who make their 6th visit to Roundstone Lane for a National league fixture.
Southend Foot Ball Club, as it was originally known, was formed in 1870, before even the Rugby Football Union was founded! Early newspaper reports reveal that matches were staged against Ilford Wanderers.
In the days before the 'Great War', regular fixture were maintained with Wasps, Blackheath and Harlequins. Folklore has it that the 'chocolate' in the Quins strip arises courtesy of Southend's colours. The club originally played at Priory Park and did not have a clubhouse until 1957! In the late '60s the club were fielding 8 senior teams and 2 Colts XVs. The club moved to Warners Bridge in 1978.
BLAST FROM THE PAST...
For those of you who remember the Castle Road days and the early time at the Rugby Park...
Phil Baker popped in on his way back to Australia. He send his regards to all who remember him.
Worthing Raiders winning streak came to an abrupt end against a spirited Redingensians who were looking for their first points of the season.
Redingensians made a very lively start right from the kick off launching an attack involving their forwards and backs which resulted in the award of a penalty after only two minutes which was pushed wide of the posts.
Redingensians continued their sustained assault on the Raiders’ line and were awarded a five metre penalty in the ninth minute having had a try disallowed. They opted for a scrum from which Raiders were in disarray and a penalty try was awarded which William Hopkins successfully converted.
Raiders finally entered Redingensians territory after ten minutes and the ball was driven up field through the forwards and backs right to the corner where it was touched down. The ball was adjudged to have been held up and the try was disallowed.
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Worthing RFC Ladies were away for their third league fixture at the weekend visiting newly promoted Beccehamian RFC Ladies in Croydon. Following a huge 65-0 win last week, Worthing were feeling confident as they made the journey.
In a game that was a showcase of Worthing's fine form, the Ladies bagged a 0-47 win to move top of their National Challenge SE South 1 league. more...
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Raiders make their first visit to newly promoted Redingensians for a National League fixture. This is probably the first ever fixture between the clubs at 1st XV level, although Raiders ‘A’ have played Redingensians on a few occasions in the Canterbury/Zoo league.
History & Background stuff
The club was founded in 1924 by former pupils of Reading School. Home games were played at Morgan Road and Liebenrood Road in Reading for a couple of seasons until a ground was rented in Caversham. A ground (approx 20 acres) was opened at Emmer Green in 1927 by FH Stokes, the first England rugby captain. A move to the present facility at Old Bath Road in Sonning was made in 1948.
Join in the Festival of Rugby this Saturday!
Worthing RFC will be supporting the Festival of Rugby taking place this Saturday 3rd October at Worthing Leisure Centre.
Coaches from all our club sections will be running free 'taster sessions' from 4pm onwards for men, women, boys and girls to give a rugby a go while we celebrate the Rugby World Cup, including:
- Family Fun sessions
- Toddler rugby
- Touch rugby games
- Walking rugby
Please help us spread the word of this event amongst your friends, families, schools and youth groups! We would also welcome existing club members from all our sections to come along and join in the fun!
Contact your section's Chairman for further info.
WRFC President Bob Reynolds presenting the Man Of The Match Award,
a Bowers & Wilkins T7 Wireless Speaker, to Raider Dan Sargent
Raiders extended their winning run to three with an overwhelming victory over Cornish All Blacks on Saturday.
The kick off was delayed by fifteen minutes due to a problem with the Launceston coach but from the kick off Raiders began strongly and were awarded a penalty after only 4 minutes which Sean O’Hagan converted.
Already in these early exchanges there were signs of the dominance the forwards would exert particularly in the scrum which ultimately became the pattern of the game.
Raiders continued to apply pressure on Launceston launching attack after attack but failed to score.
However, in the 21st minute Raiders were awarded a scrum 10 metres from the Launceston line. After a big drive from the Raiders, the scrum was disrupted by Launceston and the referee awarded a penalty try which Sean O’Hagan converted.
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Worthing Ladies took to the field for their second league game of the season at the weekend, playing the local derby against Lewes Ladies.
The Ladies played some fine rugby on their home turf and put 65 points on the scoreboard to move into third place in the National Challenge SE South 1 League. more...
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Launceston RFC (aka Cornish All Blacks) pay their fourth visit to Roundstone Lane for a National League match. Raiders have made home advantage pay in these encounters.
History & Background stuff
The club was founded in 1948, after an inaugural meeting chaired by the then Headmaster of Launceston College. A rented council pitch, scaffolding poles for posts and ex-army huts serving as clubhouse and changing rooms were the initial facilities. After further moves the ground at Polson Bridge was purchased in 1969, with developments such as floodlights, enlarged clubhouse, present changing rooms and finally the Grandstand being added over the years.
Launceston have always been known as 'The Cornish All Blacks' as their colour was chosen to be black at the outset. Folklore has it that the players' wives made the initial set of jerseys from old black-out curtains! An unlikely tale, but a good yarn. A few years ago the club tried to register the name as a trademark, but ran into some legal difficulties with another team presently visiting our shores.
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND AT THE CLUB
FRIDAY 25th SEPTEMBER
Sussex Two West
Worthing Senior 2 v Littlehampton KO 7.30pm under lights
Rugby World Cup - Argentina v Georgia ko 4.45pm
CLUB QUIZ NIGHT - 7.30pm - contact Ollie@worthingrfc.com to register your team
SATURDAY 26th SEPTEMBER
NATIONAL 2 SOUTH
Worthing Raiders v Cornish All Blacks ko 3pm
Zoo Sports Shield Div 1
Blackheath 2 v Worthing Raiders A ko 1pm @ Well Hall training facility
Worthing Senior 1 v Seaford 1 ko 2pm
Sussex Merit Three
Hove 3 v Worthing Senior 3 ko 2pm
Rugby World Cup:
Italy v Canada ko 2.30pm
South Africa v Samoa ko 4.45pm
ENGLAND v WALES ko 8pm
The shuttle bus from Angmering station is available from:
12 - 2.30pm and
5.30 - 10.30pm
Please stay and watch the England game and use the bus - only £2 each way. There will be food available to purchase during the evening.
Join in and CARRY THEM HOME.
SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
NC SE South 1
Worthing Ladies v Lewes ko 2.30pm
Rugby World Cup:
Australia v Uruguay ko 12.00pm
Scotland v USA ko 2.30pm
Ireland v Romania ko 4.45pm