Welcome, Mr President
Middlesex Rugby has a new president. Brian East took over the reins at the AGM in July and begins a two year term of office which will see Middlesex through the World Cup next year.
Outgoing president Michael Barnes now becomes Immediate Past President but is likely to be no less active in his new role. On handing the presidency over to his successor, he said "I have had a great two years and both Anne and myself have visited many clubs where we have been warmly welcomed and entertained. We have met some wonderful people and seen the work they do for their clubs which continues to amaze me."
Middlesex ladies at the World Cup
From left to right: La Toya Mason (Wasps), Maggie Alphonsi MBE (Saracens), Jo McGilchrist (Wasps), Marlie Packer (Wasps), Claire Purdy (Wasps)
Good luck to all the Middlesex ladies playing for England in the Women's World Cup in France next month. There are still tickets available. Find out more at www.rwcwomens.com
Unity in Middlesex
Middlesex Rugby is taking the lead in promoting rugby in developing rugby nations throughout Europe. Delegates from Middlesex will be heading to Russia in the coming months as part of a scoping exercise which will see English county unions (CBs) working alongside European nations to devise and run development plans to support the growth of the game.
Team Middlesex is looking for physiotherapists, rehabilitators and sports therapists
Middlesex Rugby is looking to appoint a rehabilitator, sports therapist, physiotherapist or doctor to be present at every Team Middlesex representative fixutre at senior and age group level in the 2014-15 season.
Coaching Vacancies with the Developing Player Programme
Middlesex Rugby in association with Wasps Academy and The RFU are looking to appoint rugby coaches to Head up the Developing Player programme in the 2014-15 season (paid part-time position). There are also positions available for lead age group coaches and assistant coaches.
Read more ... (full job specs, application deadlines etc)
Team Middlesex Ladies build hopes for next season
Following the appointment earlier in the season of W&G director of rugby Tony Gear, head senior ladies coach Stuart Willis and assistant coaches Pete Rogers and Jonny Humphreys, the ladies team has undergone something of a revival.
Both matches this season, against strong sides from Kent and Herts, resulted in a loss for the Middlesex ladies, but the games provided a strong platform to build on for the future.
"For the second game out it was a very good performance for Middlesex Ladies and the team gelled together well. The girls showed great improvement and have a great platform to build on" said assistant coach Humpreys after a match which showed some impressive passages of play.
Disappointment for Team Middlesex
Hopes of progressing to the next round of the County Championship Shield were high for Team Middlesex Senior XV, having celebrated a comprehensive 46-35 win over Hampshire on Saturday 3rd May.
Sussex v Team Middlesex Senior XV
But torrential rain and superior opposition at Streatham saw Middlesex struggle to keep pace as Surrey posted 47 points to 3.
Surrey v Middx photos on Flickr...
Fun in the sun at Middlesex Club 7s
Hamersmith & Fulham 1 won the prestigious Barry Boyden Bowl at the 15th Annual Middlesex Club 7s competition took place in glorious sunshine at Richmond Athletic Ground on Sunday 4th May.
Middlesex Rugby President Michael Barnes presents the Barry Boyden Rose Bowl to Cup winners Hammersmith & Fulham 1
There were competitions for every level and every section of the game, from National clubs right through to the new and very popular Shock Doctor Merit Table 7s competition, now in its second year, and a massive array of silverware on offer.
Tribute to a true gentle Mann
Derek Mann was a true Middlesex man in every sense of the word, President in 2000-2001 and long serving member of the Sevens committee.
His funeral, on St George's day, was attended by his many friends and family. His eldest son David remembers the life and times of Derek Mann, the family man.
And his Middlesex friend and colleague Graeme Cattermole looks back over his long and expansive rugby career.
Pictured: Derek Mann with Graeme Cattermole on the steps outside the East India Club
Belsize Park II win Middlesex Merit Table honours
The finals of the Middlesex Merit Table were played at Twyford Road on Saturday 12th April.
Belsize Park II won Division 1, in a convincing 13-3 win over opponents HAC II in the final.
Released on police bail
Following the arrest of Middlesex Rugby vice president Nigel Orton on 4th April by Harrow police, a campaign was launched to raise bail to secure his freedom.
Orton was arrested and detained at Pinner Police Station pending investigations over an incident with a greencrocer and a cucumber. You can still support St Luke's Hospice by visiting www.justgiving.com/nigelsbeennicked. Read more...
Team Middlesex seeks managers
Managers are required for the Team Middlesex women's and girls' rugby sides, and for age grade rugby from U14s - U18s
These are key positions where the appointed person will work closely with the relevant Director of Rugby in supporting the new playing strategy for both Women & Girls and Age Grade Rugby in Middlesex.
More detailed duties will include assisting the Head Coach in the execution of his / her duties by maintaining contact with the players for training and games and organising the booking of venues, catering arrangements, medical provision, transport arrangements, equipment logistics and confirming arrangements with the opposition, and match officials.
If you are inerested in these key positions, or for more information, please contact Playing & Coaching Chairman Bob Lawless, email: email@example.com
Team Middlesex fixtues and results
All the Team Middlesex men's, women's and junior fixtures and results for the 20130 - 2014 season are shown in the Team Middlesex section of the website. Where Middlesex is highlighted in blue, click to read the match report.
Middlesex Online Fixture Exchange
Middlesex Rugby has set up an online fixture exchange in the form of a Google Documents spreadsheet that anyone can view and edit.
The spread-sheet (think Excel, but more clunky) allows users to place a request for a fixture alongside their contact details. Those seeking a fixture can then make direct contact.