Hove succumb to Chobs forward domination!

Chobham headed to the south coast on Saturday to long time rivals Hove, both teams had had poor starts and both needed to prove to the rest of the league that they were there to be taken seriously. Chobs continued injury list hampered the back line and the visitors knew that 9 man rugby would be the call for the day, the packs dominance at the scrum won Chobham the game.

Luke Mcloughlin made his 1st XV debut, a Junior at the club and the full back has more recently played for Dings in Bristol. Selection in the pack this week had been difficult, which saw Sam Thirwell return to the pack and first appearances of the year for double centurion Liam Monaghan and scrum half Robbie Kennard. In the pack Jacob Bainbridge, Leon Nell, Angus Hargan, Chris Kent and Sam Goddard have played every game this campaign so far.

The sea breeze blew through the recreational park from the kick off by Chobham and from the start the unforced errors by both sides were the pattern for the day. Against the early play where Chob infringed at the breakdown consistently they were awarded a penalty just outside the Hove 22 and Davies converted the. Two minutes later the visitors attack was turned over by Hove as there was no support at the breakdown; from the clearance Monaghan made a decisive run into the midfield and set up a series of rucks that following a sniping run by Kennard he released Si Rumsey to score his first league try for Chobham, with Davies getting the afters. Chobs fourth score of the day came from a kick out from under the posts by the hosts, Davies had time and scored a drop goal to give the visitors a 13-0 lead halfway through the half.

5 minutes later Chobham winger Sheppard was sent to the sin bin for a ruck offence, with the numerical advantage the home team started to get back in the game and from a Chob knock on Hove 13 ran a central line from the halfway to score a converted try. Two minutes later a pick and go from a ruck 22 metres out by Hove 7 saw them release the No.8 for another converted try. The hosts comeback took them into the break 14-13 up.

Chobham started the second half just as they had the first with domination by the pack, winning scrum after scrum. Eventually the hosts lost their 18 to the bin for constant scrum penalties, concluding in a penalty try to the visitors. Chob kept Hove pinned in their half but could not convert domination to points. From a 22 lineout the visitors took the ball through phases to the far touch and then a great cutting run by Goddard saw him give the killer pass to Benton to score his first try for Chobham, converted by Davies. Following a Hove front row injury substitution the next scrum saw the replacement prop be yellow carded for a collapsed scrum – luckily it came at the time when the other sin bin came back on. But the hosts still went down to 13 players, negating all of Chobhams scrum dominance.

The next score in the game came from Monaghan’s right wing and gave the visitors an 18 point lead with just a quarter of an hour to go. Chobs ability to close off a game was lost and from that point Hove went for the jugular, with the visitors giving penalty after penalty at the breakdown. Eventually replacement Kent went to the bin for not rolling away for the last 10 minutes. From the scrum option Hove’s No.8 cored his second converted try. Following a kick and chase Hove got the final converted try from their centre again.

Following the final whistle there was relief that 80 minutes had seen Chobham’s first win on the road this season, they must control their discipline and convert dominance better in future.

After the game backs coach and captain Robbie Kennard said “A good win for us and fair play to Hove, they certainly had their chances and made us work for the points. The boys up front were super today; we dominated the set piece and that’s what league rugby is all about. In a frustrating manner, we fell asleep in the last 10 minutes, but on the whole there were some huge positives.

We are building nicely and as players return from injury; competition for places will be tough and make things very interesting”.

Director of Rugby Harry Norman-Walker said “It was great to see such a dominant scrum and despite a poor last quarter we deserved the win. We still need to sort out our game discipline as we had far too many unforced errors and turnovers at the breakdown.

Very positive performances from the pack was led by the return of scrummie Robbie Kennard who definitely got the game from the scruff of the neck ad played a simple 9 man game. Personally apart from Robbie, I thought Dan Benton was another highlight of the day – as well as Luke Mcloughlin having a good debut.


With next weeks home game against lower placed Reigatians this gives us a great opportunity to underline our 4th place in the league. With 9 squad players still on the injury list we are looking forward to their return over the next few weeks.”

Next week Chobham host Reigatians, as well as Paignton Vets visiting them on tour- an annual home and away fixture that is over a quarter of a century old.

Jacob Bainbridge; Leon Nell; Angus Hargan; Sam Thirlwell; Dan Benton; Sam Goddard; Euan Buckland; Ollie Smith; Robbie Kennard; Sam Davies; Liam Monaghan; Tanguy Navarre; Simon Rumsey; Josh Sheppard; Luke Mcloughlin.

Replacements: TJ Simms; Matt Bosworth; Chris Kent.


2021-22 Season Membership Open

Dear Member

As you will all be aware, the new season is upon us and after a lot of disruption to our game over the last season, we will be back on the pitch, stronger than ever.

We have also now opened the membership system for everyone to go in, check your personal and contact details are up to date and renew your membership.

As per last year – all members will need to renew even if you are on Direct Debit as the system does not “roll over”

An addition this year the RFU have launched an annual “Affiliation” process whereby each player needs to be “Affiliated” with a club each year. This allows the RFU to keep an accurate picture of how many players are participating in our wonderful game.

Full details of how to check your data, renew your membership and, if you are a player – how to Affiliate to Chobham RFC are on the website at www.chobhamrugby.co.uk/join-support

As per the club rules, please complete your membership renewal and any RFU player affiliation by October 31st to ensure continuity in your membership.

If you have any questions please speak to your Section Head, Age Group Manager or email membership@chobham-rugby.co.uk

Kind Regards

Neil Whittington
Chobham RFC Membership Secretary & Data Officer

community game update

RFU Community Game Update – 31st August 2021

Return to Rugby

We hope you’re all looking forward to the new season, with all formats of rugby back after 18 months.

Best of luck to any club competing in their first league match this weekend and we hope all players, coaches, officials, volunteers and administrators enjoy being back together across the country.

Click below to take you to further detail on each story and please share content with your clubs, coaches, players and volunteers.

1. Rugby’s back! Pitch Up campaign video
New video coming this Wednesday on England Rugby’s social channels and a reminder of assets and activation guide to help clubs prepare for Pitch Up.
2. Covid-19 Management Guide
An update to what clubs will need heading into the new season with an updated guide and player welfare resources.
3. GMS TaskForce and Data Tidy up
A GMS TaskForce has been set up to focus on club feedback on GMS, resolving issues and looking at the user experience. Plus a reminder of the Data Tidy up postponement.
4. Electronic Match Cards and Team Management
An update has been made to the Team Management Module within the Game Management System (GMS) which will influence your club’s line-ups on Electronic Match Card (EMC).
5. Age Grade rugby returns
Age Grade rugby returns this weekend after a disrupted two seasons. A reminder of all the Age Grade Changes can be found here as well as Age Grade Affiliation.
6. Rugby Leader Network
We are looking for the Rugby Leaders of the future. A programme designed to connect, exchange ideas and develop clubs to be fit for the future.
7. News Round-Up: The Touch Union Facebook Group and Vaccination reminder
A new Facebook group for The Touch Union has been created to help members with questions and information on the new non-contact format. A reminder that all those over 16 can now get Covid vaccinations.
8. PDF Copy

community game update

RFU Community Game Update – 24th August 2021

Please see the latest update from the RFU

Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback on the new layout of the Community Game Update during this trial for the new season. We would welcome any more via ChrisDodd@RFU.com.

Click below to take you to further detail on each story and please share content with your clubs, coaches, players and volunteers.

Enjoy gearing up for the new season and we hope the Pitch Up For Rugby assets are helpful for the celebratory weekends.

1. Celebration time with Pitch Up For Rugby
Downloadable social assets, posters, press release templates, activation guide to help clubs prepare for Pitch Up events
2. RugbySafe Toolkit 2021/22
Includes a new Being RugbySafe document, Community Rugby Pitch-side First Aid and Immediate Care provision guidelines and links to player welfare resources to help keep your members and players safe
3. Age Grade rugby in 2021/22
Reminder of Age Grade rugby changes & Global Law Trials, plus Girls Age Grade specific guidance
4. Travel Funding update
Clubs will be informed if they have been successful this week
5. Annual Diversity & Inclusion Survey
We want to monitor progress since research conducted a year ago, which helped to create our Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan
6. Women’s Competitions and playing opportunities
Including updates, links to regulations, the competition structure and administrative tasks, as well as useful contacts
7. News Round-Up: Future Competitions Structure Lower XVs & The Touch Union
Update on the Future Competitions Structure Implementation Group’s Lower XVs workstream and register for The Touch Union webinar
8. Feedback and PDF Copy

community game update

RFU Community Game Update – 17th August 2021

Please see the latest update from the RFU

This edition includes:

1. Pitch up for Rugby promotional assets are now live
A suite of assets are available to promote your club during Pitch Up for Rugby.
2. Data tidy-up extension reminder
No archiving of data in the near future and an overview of affiliation for the 2021/22 season.
3. Age Grade Regulation updates for 2021-22
Delay in age grade rules, suspension of 17’s playing adult rugby and Global Law Trials from U15’s and up.
4. Become part of how the RFU operates in the future
The RFU council has agreed to a review on how the RFU operates as an NGB and would like someone from the wider community game to be a part of it.
5. News roundup including D&I survey and Touch Union
Our annual D&I survey will be shared with the game on Friday. Discover more about The Touch Union rules and information on Thursday 26 August



Chobham’s massively successful monthly draw the “300” club has reached a new milestone and now becomes the “400” club. With the new name brings a new prize draw structure – with the monthly prize pot increased and now 5 monthly prizes of £300/£170/£100/£80/£50.  Members, their families and friends can hold as many shares as they wish, each costing £5 per month by bank standing order. 

For more info and to sign up / buy additional shares see the website at 400 Club – Chobham Rugby


Rugby Returns!!!

We are pleased to be able to publish our plan for a phased return to full contact rugby, starting from 29 March. We are delighted that we will soon be able to resume training and, subject to each stage on the Government’s roadmap being achieved, progress towards an exciting season of rugby for 2021/22, starting in September. 

The Chobham RFC Management Committee (ManCom) and Rugby Leadership Group (RLG) are busy working on plans to make the remaining part of the 2020/21 season as safe and enjoyable as possible for our players and members – please watch this space and our newsletter page for more details

Until 29 March, adult and age grade rugby remains at Stage A on the Rugby Roadmap, meaning individuals can exercise alone or with one other from another household. An exception to this is for age grade players involved in schools or  colleges organised activity who are permitted to follow the Stage D guidance from 8 March.

More detailed info on the overall RFU Return to Rugby roadmap can be found here


COVID-19 Update November 1st

Dear all,

The next twist and turn in the COVID situation is approaching and from Thursday it seems obvious that the rugby club activity will cease until at least the 2nd December.

We are not 100% sure to what extent this effects the whole club operation e.g. the provision of takeaways. There are always grey areas where we have to wait a few days for the official instructions to be delivered by the government and the RFU. I understand that the full details of yesterday’s announcement will be released on Tuesday. Once we have read and understood them, we will pass on any updates. However, what is clear is that rugby activity, meeting up socially and using the Bar are banned from Thursday.

Thank you all for your continued support of this club and each other, it has been so heartening to see how you have all rallied round during these difficult times. The management team at the club will be spending the next few days and weeks putting together the best rugby club experience we possibly can in the run up to Christmas and beyond.

Look after yourselves and your families and keep an eye out for updates.

Mark Fisher
Chair, Chobham RFC


Arrivederci Sam Davies

Chobham RFC are proud to announce that 19-year-old Sam Davies has signed a season long contract to go and play rugby for Pro Recco in Genoa, Italy. The Sharks play in the second tier of Italian rugby and he will be one of their two international players. Sam is primarily a fly half or full back, who is also especially useful on the wing or at scrum half – his boot is one of his greatest assets.


Sam Davies leaves the UK on the 15th October 2020 to fly to Genoa, with his first scheduled game on the  8th November, in the same league as them are the Italy Under 20 Academy and Sardinia.


Sam played at Chobham throughout the Minis and Juniors, the only sojourn he had was playing rugby at Godalming College. He is currently part of Chobham Rugby’s Academy coaching team, as well as a qualified referee. Sam played at fly half for Surrey Under 18s and last season he was the 1st XV Young Player of the Season, as well as his try against Tonbridgians being nominated for the Grassroots Try of the Month.


When we asked Sam what his career highlight to date it was “last season’s away win at Winchester as a Senior and winning the Land Rover Trophy at U12s and then we went to Premiership Final to see Quins win. He feels his biggest influence on his rugby career was his Dad, James, while the most influential coaches have been Kelly Hill (Godalming) and Robbie Kennard (Chobham). When told of his move, Chobham Backs Coach Robbie said “Huge congratulations to Sam. It was a real pleasure to see him grow as both an individual and as a rugby player last season. What a fantastic opportunity for him to go and play in that environment. I would like to wish him the very best of luck and will certainly be keeping a close eye on his progress!”


We asked him, apart from playing professionally, what his career ambition is? “To become a Chobham Centurion as I will be back at Chobham”! Sam is looking forward to the actually playing rugby and Italian culture in North West Italy on the Mediterranean Coast. Sam will be sharing a house with three other fulltime players, as well as training evening with the rest of the Semi Pro players four nights a week.

Chobham Head Coach, Billy Davison said “All the best and congratulations to Sam Davies who embarks on a rugby adventure to Italy. Sam travels with the best wishes of all at Chobham Rugby – I am certain that this talented young player will prove a great success and a fine ambassador for our club. Go well Sam!”


It was the father of one of the academy players at Chobham, Eugeno Androne, who initiated the contact with Callum McLean, Technical Director and Head Coach at The Sharks and following discussion throughout September Sam signed for Pro Recco.

We asked Callum what he was looking forward to with Sam joining their squad, he said that “his understanding of the game is exciting for us and we see the potential in him, I have watched some of his videos and his knowledge will be an asset to us.” Callum is also excited that Sam has a coaching and referee background, which will help Pro Recco.


The Pro Recco ground is named the Androne Stadium, after Eugeno Androne’s younger brother Carlo who died prematurely at 16 – the Androne family have played rugby in Pro Recco since 1959. That Is not the only Chobham connection with The Sharks, Kiwi Callum McLean is from New Zealands North Island, he is a couple of years younger than our long time Player Coach Corey Kennett and both played Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby.


Director of Rugby Harry Norman-Walker said “I am so excited for Sam and he is getting an opportunity few will realise; he has the strength and knowledge in his game to make an impact in Italy. I’ve known Sam since he was born and to see the man, he is now is great compliment to his parents, Chobham are sending Pro Recco a great representative for the game and our club. Sam, savour every moment and I’m looking forward to watching you on the big screen at Chobham!!”



COVID-19 Update

Dear all
We are reviewing the latest coronavirus update:

One instruction that is very clear is that all users of inside spaces at the club will have to wear a face mask unless seated or medically exempt. This is effective immediately and I ask that you take responsibility for complying with this government missive. As stated before, we do not have the volunteer resource to police this and I ask that you look after each other’s health and your rugby club. NO MASK NO ENTRY!!!
The club has a responsibility to provide track and trace and we understand that users of the
NHS COVID-19 App can check in using the App.
All visitors to the clubhouse, or any buildings on the clubs premises, must complete track and trace.
Use either the NHS Track and Trace QR code or our own Chobham QR code that we have distributed around the site.
IMPORTANT – this does not replace the track and trace procedures that we have in place for players training. We will continue with the existing sign in process.
Please bear with us, these procedures may change over the next few weeks, as we understand the effectiveness of the
We will have to change how we use our bar and are trying to work through procedures to deliver some form of service.
From this evening we will be providing table service and a strict 10pm curfew. If you are joining us this evening can I ask that you help us to work through the inevitable issues that we will encounter. The changes we are implementing include payment systems and all procedures will be untested.  Constructive feedback will be much appreciated but probably not when we are trying to clear a backlog of orders!

  • Mask on entering the club house
  • Find a seat, sit down (maximum of 6 per table)
  • Request table service and order
  • Mask on when you leave the table
  • Bar opening- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Bar hours 7pm – 9.45pm
  • Last orders 9.30pm
  • Clubhouse empty and closed 10pm

Showers – We have looked at the shower situation and are looking to provide some showers from next week – further consultation with our players continues
Food – This is an ongoing discussion – not forgotten
Thank you all very much.

Mark Fisher
Chair, Chobham RFC