Bill Beaumont Division 3 Champions 2022

Bill Beaumont Division 3 Champions 2022

 

 

 

 

We have also allocated teams into pools for the county bowl competition to be played at the end of the season.

Clubs will be updated soon as to the current status of this…

Our county shield semi-final fixtures are…

@OURFCblues Whippets vs @FaringdonRUFC 1st XV

@oxfordrfc 1st XV vs @AbingdonRUFC 1st XV

Dates to be confirmed to the clubs soon.

Hot news! Here is the draw for semi-finals of the Oxfordshire County Cup…

@OURFCblues Greyhounds vs @OxfordQuins 1st XV

@WitneyRFC 1st XV vs @HenleyHawks 2nd XV.

Dates to be confirmed later.

With our U18s county girls winning 12-25 last weekend (thanks for telling me team🤣) county Twitter is hoping for a good result in @ChinnorRFCThame U18s girls vs @AylesburyRFC U18s. It’s cold here… very cold 🥶

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Northampton Saints Girls Festival dates

See the following announcement from Northampton Saints for Girls festivals to link in with their senior fixtures.

 

We are excited to confirm that we will be hosting 5 Loughborough Lightning Allianz Premier 15s fixtures along with the England Women’s Six Nations fixture at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens, we will then be holding the following matchday festivals across these fixtures:

Date Fixture Kick Off Festival
Saturday 18th February 2023 Loughborough Lightning vs Sale Sharks 15:00 U12’s
Saturday 4th March 2023 Loughborough Lightning vs Bristol Bears 15:00 U18’s
Sunday 2nd April 2023 Red Roses vs Italy 15:00 U16’s

Please note that the above matchday are subject to date or KO time change by the competition organisers or TV Scheduling, any changes will be communicated as soon as we are updated.

https://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/rugby/fixtures/womens

 

Age Grade Laws Season 22/23

All Northampton Saints matchday festivals will adhere to the age grade laws for the season 22/23, e.g. minutes played, squad sizes and pitch sizes.

 

Ticketing

As with previous festivals, there is no fee to enter our matchday festivals. We do however require all participating teams to purchase a minimum of 10 matchday tickets, which will be discounted to a group sales rate. After entering your team, details of how to purchase these will be sent to each team. 

 

Entering your team

To enter a team into one or more of the above festivals, please contact me as soon as possible in order to guarantee your team a spot as we expect them to fill up quickly. Please respond with the following information:

  • Club Name
  • Club Age Group
  • Lead Contact Email & Phone Number
  • Number of teams 

 

We can’t wait to host Loughborough Lightning and the Red Roses at cinch Stadium Franklin’s Gardens and look forward to seeing your club at one or more of our festivals this season. If you have any further questions, please get in touch over email or via 01604 751543

 

Kind regards,

 

The Saints Community Team

LukeGreenfield@northamptonsaints.co.uk

01604 599162

https://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk

 

ORFU Webmaster note.

In case you are interested the boys’ festivals are at this link.

Rugby can ahead this weekend (RFU Guidance)

The RFU have issued guidance on the situation relating to rugby this weekend in light of the sad loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In a nutshell, provided it is respectful, rugby may go ahead this weekend. Clubs will find useful graphics available at englandrugby.com/resources later today.

 

Please remember, that if you do decide to cancel, to inform the OSRFR to ensure your allocated referee does not turn up needlessly.

Womens County Rugby Going For Gold 2022/23 Season

This year Oxfordshire Women’s Rugby are “going for gold”. With the cooperation of all of the clubs and players within the county there is no reason why we cannot emulate the men’s county squad and reach the finals of the Gill Burns County Cup.

The new coaching team that were appointed late last season will be visiting all of the clubs in the county when you have home fixtures. They will be watching and assessing the players that will be called forward for the county trials. We will be working very closely with all of the clubs and Universities to select a cup winning team.

We are well aware that you all play at different levels and leagues within the female structure and that is why we have taken the decision to visit the clubs. There will be a 10 to 12 week training programme for the county squad to select a cup winning side.

David Norris (Chuck) from Faringdon and James Davies (JD) from Bicester are the joint head coaches. They will be calling on various specialist coaches within the county to assist them during the training programme. I appreciate this is very different than how we have run it in the past, but after last season where we were badly let down late on in the season and everything turned into a mad rush with lack of player availability. I have been promised by the RFU that we will get the dates much earlier for our games and we should only have one away game (and we will not be asked to travel as far away as Cumbria this time).

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

Yours in rugby

Chris White

Head of Women & Girls Rugby for Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire vs Berkshire Div 3 Final 04 June 2022

Just a few pictures from an amazing days rugby. For the full set of pictures from the day, courtesy of and (c) Simon Grieve please follow the following links:

Oxfordshire v Berkshire Div 3 Final – 1st Half

Oxfordshire v Berkshire Div 3 Final – 2nd Half – Sat 4th June ’22

Oxfordshire v Berkshire Div 3 Final – Celebrations – Sat 4th June ’22

 

Oxfordshire v Berkshire U15 Match report (22 May 2022)

On a gloriously sunny Sunday afternoon, Oxfordshire welcomed Berkshire to Bicester RUFC.  The pitch was looking fantastic and thank you to all of the volunteers and coaches who set up the posts and cleared the goalposts.

 

The game was split into 4 x 20 Mins Quarters, however, the timings were amended after a series of injuries to Berkshire players who requested a shortened game.

 

In the first quarter, Oxfordshire were led out by skipper R. Fincken and the team gave debuts to I.Miller, A.Knight and C.Walters. All of the new players gelled quickly and started to show their talents. It was a tight and cagey first twenty minutes with both teams trying to find a foothold in the game. As the quarter went on, the set-piece starts to show dominance with the front row of M.Blizzard, R. Fincken and I. Pomroy turning scrums over and being difficult to handle in the loose.

 

More of the forwards start to grow in the game with E.Xioroupps having some outstanding runs often drawing in several defenders to tackle her and the ever-present E. Southwell-Sander was in support or asking for the offload. The second-row pairing of E.Stone and T. Carpenter with T.Payne were working hard at the breakdown and tackling anything that moved.With the forwards on top, it gave our backs a platform to perform and they did, I. Miller was commanding the backline and able to put the hard running J.Harris and A.Knight in space. The centres were starting to connect with our very dangerous back three of C.Walters, O Sheriff and C.Rudman. The ball was distributed quickly by A.Brown at 9.

 

Despite, being in control of the game, unfortunately, we could not cross the try line and the quarter was ended with a nasty injury to one of the Berkshire players, we wish her a speedy recovery.

 

In the second quarter, we introduced our red team led out by skipper E.Wilson with C.Luitz making her first appearance. Oxfordshire were focused from the start and showed strong pod work with L.Peirsegaele, V.Sedwards, A.Rucker and E.Wilson carrying hard. After a series of strong carries and interlinking backs play with A.Holton straightening the line wonderfully, the team were closing in on a try. A series of close metre pick and goes were dragging the defence in, and E.Wilson crashed over for her first of 3 tries and she also converted the try as well.

7-0

 

With a powerful scrum and high work rate from A. Rucker, M.Phillips and L.Peirsegaele the Lineouts worked well. The backs were able to have front foot ball and we had some lovely runs from A. Holton, I. Carter, E Smith and C Luitz who were making ground.  J Hendon was looking dangerous with her amazing pace and fantastic defence. The tempo was lifted by the excellent C Warwick, who added a running threat at 9 too. M Coates, T Allum and A Grapes seemed to be covering every blade of grass on the pitch. The team were on the edge of the 22 and E.Wilson put in a testing high kick which was allowed to bounce and the bounce fell into the hands of G. Harrison, who showed great determination and strength to score the try. A fierce combination when you add in her blistering pace and the conversion by E Wilson was successful

HT 14-0

 

At the half time at the request of Berkshire, we agreed to play 15 Mins and then a ten min final quarter. In the 15 Min quarter, there were some excellent performances and highlights. The pack were still working hard in the loose and the set-piece enabling our pacy backs to get on the ball.

E Southwell-Sander was being a menace at the breakdown and the pressure was still on Berkshire. However, a few penalties  gave them field position and eventually Berkshire crossed the lines for their only try.  C. Marsden came on as winger as well as H Bowen. C Marsden put two fantastic tackles one after the other. There was more strong defence for the forwards with some massive hits going.

14-5

In the final quarter, the team changed again and we introduce T McSweaney and S Empson, this did not affect our pressure or dominance against Berks. After more strong carriers and interlinking play with some great runs for C Walters and

E Smith. The forwards were again so close to the line and after a strong carry by L Peirgeale and the other forwards, E Wilson crashed over, and the conversion was narrowly missed by A.Holton

19-5

Oxfordshire were on the attack again and it was good hard running by the forwards and the backs were screaming for the ball with an overlap. Once again Ellie W crashed to complete her excellent hat trick and it was converted by A.Holton

26-5

 

The final play was very fitting with E Wilson kicking the ball out of play.

 

After the game our player of the match was announced by Berkshire, it went to J. Harris who had been outstanding in defence and attack.

 

Also, a special mention to skipper E Wilson who scored 19 of 26 points today.