Team Middlesex U16s travel to Sweden for 7s festival
Team Middlesex U16s travelled to Sweden last weekend to participate in a two day 7s festival hosted by Pingvin RFC in Malmo. The festival was played over two days on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July, with a further day of 7s and 10s rugby on the Sunday.
William Webb Ellis Trophy comes to Middlesex for secial world cup themed awards evening
Middlesex Rugby will welcome the Rugby World Cup Trophy to its special Rugby World Cup-themed Volunteer Appreciation Awards Evening on September 11, which will honour the achievements of its clubs and the hard work their volunteers put into the game.
As part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, will visit the special Middlesex Rugby awards evening on September 11th.
Information about the award categories and how to submit nominations will be sent out shortly and be available on the website. Club members will be able to nominate their unsung heros for these special awards, and voting will take place online prior to the awards ceremony.
Clubs are asked to nominate their unsung heros for these special awards - nomination forms will be available shortly.
New faces for the new season
Peter Baveystock has been confirmed as the new chairman of Middlesex Rugby. His principal role, as chairman of the management committee, will be to steer the county in it's work to grow and develop rugby at all levels and in all sections of the game.
Baveystock, or Bavey as he is more generally known, takes over the chairmanship from Tom Brownsell, who has led the county for the last six years. Brownsell is standing down to concentrate on his duties as deputy president, a role he has held in tandem with the chairmanship for the past season, as he leads up to becoming county president in a year's time, when Brian East's two year term of office comes to a close.
Bavey's rugby journey began in 1968 when he joined Grasshoppers as a 17 year old and was immediately signposted to the front row as a prop. Retiring early because of injury, he threw himself into committee work, first as Grasshoppers' social secretary, then club captain and fifteen years as chairman. He has been Grasshoppers' president since 2009.
His county work began in 2004 when he was invited to join the Middlesex Rugby Community Rugby committee under the watchful eye of Chris Cuthbertson and then Geoff Boxer. He took over as chairman of that committee in 2009. He has also held the posts of secretary and then chairman of the West Group.
Talking after his election at the AGM at the East India Club on 6th July, Bavey said, "I had five great and enjoyable years with the Community Rugby committee and would like to thank all members of that committee, especially Louise Latter, Ian Webster, Andy Brooks and Brian East for their unstinting support.
"I look forward to my new role with relish and thank the outgoing chairman Tom Brownsell for his guidance and support. I am looking forward to working with the Middlesex management team to improve rugby in the county."
Andrew Smart Louise Latter Lonsdale Leggett-Flynn
Other new faces on the management committee include Louise Latter who steps in where Bavey leaves off as chair of the Community Rugby Committee, Andrew Smart who becomes chairman of the Competitions Committee and Lonsdale Leggett-Flynn who takes over as marketing chairman, taking up the reins from from David Gershlick who remains a member of the management team as chairman of the Club 7s Committee.
The 2015 annual Community Rugby Volunteer Appreciation took on Friday 26th June at London Welsh RFC.
Some of this year's award winners. Read more...
Photos of all the winners are on Flickr
Hounslow becomes a proud host of
Rugby World Cup 2015
Hounslow Council today announced that it has been awarded 'Proud Host' status for Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted in England and Cardiff between 18 September and 31 October 2015.
Debbie Jevans, Chief Executive of England Rugby 2015 and Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council together with young players from the Grasshoppers Rugby Club outside Twickenham Stadium.
Hounslow Council join the town of Rugby and organisations such as Visit England with their Proud Host status, providing them with an official tournament association.
As Proud Hosts, Hounslow Council will be part of nationwide tournament initiatives including the City Dressing programme and the Domestic Trophy Tour, for which full details will be announced in the coming months, as well as the wider tournament build up and delivery.
RFU announces new strategy
for the men's 15-a-side game
The RFU has recently published a game strategy document explaining how it plans to expand 15-a-side rugby within the men's game.
"This is an important document relating to the key elements of our game, and I would ask that it be circulated as widely as possible" said Middlesex RFU representative Chris Chuthbertson. "I will be keeping a close eye on this document and ensuring that the RFU regularly reviews and reorts against the key objetives."