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.
All the president's men marched bravely towards defeat against tough Italian opposition
Middlesex president Brian East leads his brave team of veterans to defeat in a charity match against Bislunghi Milan last Saturday.
Italy may not have had a great day at Twickenham on Saturday, but at it was a different story at Staines RFC, where a team of vintage players from Milan took on the Middlesex president's invitational side of similarly aged players and swept to a resounding victory.
But it was all in a good cause, and as is usually the case with such super-vets games, enough beer was consumed to ensure that nobody can remember the score. The game, played to Golden Oldies rules, was organised to raise funds for a charity set up in the name of a young Italian player killed as a result of a car crash.
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."
RFU offers funding to help bring young players back to the game
The RFU has announced the introduction of an Innovation Fund to help clubs get lapsed 16-24 year old players back into the game, and is inviting applications from Middlesex clubs.
As a first step to applying for the funding, Middlesex will be running a workshop on 19th January at London Welsh. Read more...
Middlesex small grants fund
Middlesex Rugby is pleased to announce the launch of the Small Grants Awards Programme which from this season will make small grants available to affiliated clubs within the county. The grants are designed to be easy-to-access awards of a few hundred pounds paid directly from County funds.
Middlesex Rugby invited a group of club volunteers to the official England v Australia team dinner at Twickenham in November, in recognition of the hard work they have done for their clubs.
Among the guests were the three Young Volunteers of the Year, Joe Thomson (Staines), Joe Russell (Ruislip) and Nathan Ambrose (Epping / Upper Clapton) who received awards at the recent Volunteer Awards evening were at the black tie event in the evening, as well as a lunch in the company of 'Mr England'.
Team Middlesex players up for divisional honours
Eight players from the hugely successful Team Middlesex U16 squad have been selected to attend the London and South East U16 Divisional squad confirmation day at Haileybury College in Hertfordshire 14th December. They are: Alex Niang, Charlie Page, Tom Yardley, Akeem Eubanks-Anderson, James Seabrook, William Verdan, Daniel Edgar and Zaki Rehman.
From the U18 squad, Tom Henfrey and Charlie Coppins have also been selected to attend the London Counties U18 trial on Sunday 4th January at Old Paulines.
New faces for the new season
Middlesex Rugby welcomes some new faces to help build the profile of the county and of Team Middlesex representative rugby.
Jess Tabram has joined the Marketing Committee as social media co-ordinator. She was the driving force behind St Mary's University social media marketing success, and now plays for Teddington. She is a sports science and physical education graduate with a level 2 coaching qualification. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Penny Carr has joined the Team Middlesex set up as manager of the Senior Women's XV. She has a level 2 coaching qualification and is currently Head Coach for the Ladies XV at St Mary's University. Penny plays rugby at Teddington RFC. Contact her at email@example.com
Eleanor Trezise has also joined Team Middlesex as the U15 and U18 girls team manager. Eleanor was recently elected Chair of the RFU National Youth Council and works full-time in higher education sport. She plays rugby at Saracens. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Patrick is now Middlesex Rugby safeguarding manager with responsibility for managing the safeguarding processes and procedures within the County and liaising with member clubs and the RFU. Contact Steve at: email@example.com
Team Middlesex fixtues and results
All the Team Middlesex men's, women's and junior fixtures and results for the 2014 - 2015 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.