U19s Tour Match Report

End of an era marked with victory for class of 02/03

Sunday 5th September marked the final match for Chobham’s class of 2002/03, with an Under 19 fixture against Tetbury, who generously agreed to pull together a fixture at short notice in mid-August. The match was played in the grounds of the Royal Agricultural College, but despite having not played as a team for 18 months there was nothing agricultural about the game. Played under a blazing sun, the warm-up was an opportunity to sweat out the previous night’s entertainment for lad and dad alike before getting down to the main attraction.

Chobham kicked off, with the early minutes spent sizing each other up and getting used to actually playing rugby again. Neither side could string any real momentum together with small errors breaking up the flow of the game. Chobham were the first to threaten though as Tetbury kicked deep, but a raking return kick took a couple of very friendly bounces leading to a line out just 15 yards from the Tetbury line.

A knock-on at the line led to the first scrum, played uncontested due to the long break and some inexperience in the front row. Chobham kept up the pressure with a series of charges from Cooper at no. 8 and then Olly and Billy from quick rucks. A third phase created space to the right and Danny was able to stretch over with a dart from fly-half to open the scoring at 5-0.

Tetbury came right back at Chobham and had a spell of territory at the Chobham end, aided by a handful of penalties. From one quick penalty Tetbury tried to spread play wide to the right, but Matt was in like a line-backer to stop his opposite centre in his tracks. Chob’ slowly ground out some possession with Saxon hauling play well into the Tetbury half and Max being on hand with a big hit which resulted in a turnover, but the visitors couldn’t develop a scoring chance. Late in the period Chob’ were in range again, the lineout operating well with Tom quickly moving the ball ‘off the top’ but the Tetbury wing gathered a chip and neatly stepped around a couple of tacklers to create the foundation for a counter attack. There was just time for Danny to be defrocked in a tackle, losing the ‘try scorers tutu’ before the ref blew for quarter time and the players gratefully had a breather in the heat.

The second period also began with a period of midfield action as both sides continued to play a little rustily. Chobham just about edged the territory with Ben stepping up to scrum-half and keeping his pack moving forwards with a couple of good kicks. Charlie found Dan on the blind side of a ruck to trundle into the home 25. Good forward play managed to gain a few more metres to close on the Tetbury line. The home side seemed to have stemmed the tide but @theofficialharryjones had other ideas and burst through the defensive line to add a second Chobham try, Aran slotting the extras to make the lead 12-0.

Tetbury now went up a gear and Chob’ were forced into a rear guard action. Whilst the attacking play had looked a little short of practice there was no such problem defending their line as a series of attacks were held up in the red zone before a spill relieved the pressure with a hacked clearance to midfield. This led to a scrum and Chob’ were now more ruthless. Moving play wide to the wing play was back into the Tetbury 25. Strong rucking carried play close to the Tetbury line and it was Charlie who finished off with the third try extending the lead to 17-0.

Tetbury reacted well again, and a good kick chase forced a turnover and a penalty from the restart. A quick tap swept play into the corner close to the Chob’ line. Again the defence held out, but Tetbury recycled well and crossed over under the posts, making the half-time score 17-7 in favour of the visitors.

The coaches didn’t seem to be guiding the teams very well as the third period also started off with a bit of a stalemate once more. Lewis had gathered the restart under pressure from Tetbury, winning a penalty, but play was centred between the two 25 yard lines. Tetbury broke out first earning a scrum on Chob’s 25, but nothing was created before as a turnover freed Rhys to show his speed and carry Chob’ up field to the Tetbury 25. The hosts couldn’t clear their lines and a couple of minutes later Callum ran the ideal line at a ruck for Harry to register an assist with the pass and Chobham were three tries ahead again, Aran slotting a good conversion from wide on the left.

Into the final period and Chob’ were starting to remember what use to work so well a couple of years ago. The fifth try was definitely the try of the game to that point. From a scrum around 20 yards out on the right hand side, it was quick hands along the line from Harry to Danny, Matt ran a great dummy line with the ball going to Saxon at 13. Aran came into the line from fullback before finding Rhys with a bit of space. He was able to dance between a couple of defenders and score in the corner. Aran once more slotted a good conversion to make the score 31-7.

Clearly the forwards were less than impressed with this score as they got into the act with a few minutes left. Tetbury had been putting the squeeze on in the Chob’ half but were pinged for holding on. Teo, who had been a livewire all game, got his hands on the ball and set off up field from a quick pen. Almost reaching the Tetbury 25 he looked to have run out of space but @theofficialharryjones had been racing up in support to take a pop and keep the forward momentum. By now Charlie was on hand and carried further goalwards and as the defence got to him it was Callum on his shoulder to finish things off with his second of the game.

The final moments were played out by two weary teams with the heat and Saturday night taking over. With time up the ref blew the final whistle and that was it, this year group were no more. What had started for some way back in September 2007 came to a close fourteen years later.

For some the next step is Uni rugby, and hopefully for others it will be senior rugby at Chobham. Several of the squad have already made their debut towards the end of last season. From the first festival at Cobham in 2009 to mini tour caravan tours, and on to junior tours to all of the home nations there has been some great rugby played and no little success over the years.

All the players, coaches, first aiders and parents who have spent countless Sundays cheering on the touchlines can be justifiably proud of the environment that has been created and the fun that has been had by all, on and off the pitch. It’s been a blast folks.



Tour Squad: Aran, Rhys, Saxon, Matt, Lewis, Danny, Harry, Billy, Charlie, Olly, Max, Callum, Harrison, Teo, Cooper, Tom, Ben, Dan, Samuel, Andy.
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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

Job @ Chob – Chef vacancy

Chobham Rugby Club is a thriving village club with over 2000 members.

We currently accommodate players, families and supporters from 4 years old upwards and support the local community in all aspects of Rugby at Chobham.

The club runs age groups from under 5s to the Men’s and Women’s senior teams.

This role is a key part of the rugby club and gives the successful applicant full autonomy with suppliers, menu’s and all the food offering across the operation.

Chobham rugby is profit making organisation, but all the funds are put back into the club to maintain the fantastic facilities we have with plans to improve over the coming months and years.

Kitchen

Overall management of the club kitchen to include hygiene and cleaning of the kitchen and food areas, Crockery, Cutlery, Ancillary goods such as Tea towels etc.

To contribute to the turnover and profitability of the club by the preparation and service of food to the standard set by the committee and to the satisfaction of the customers with whom a cordial and courteous relationship must be maintained at all times.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • To plan, prepare, cook, present and serve food and beverages for Saturday and Sunday league lunches, team teas and any other matches
  • To ensure the Kitchen and food areas are maintained to the standards of Health & Hygiene, service and cleanliness set by the law and the committee.
  • To plan and produce meals within the current food costings as set by the club, ordering and receipt of goods and supplies in accordance with the instructions given by the club.
  • To maintain stock levels of food products at a suitable level with the object of minimising wastage, maintaining, increasing and promoting the quality of the club’s products and goods and to assist in achieving Gross Profit Margins as detailed by the club.
  • To be responsible for all cash taken and handled in the course of each day’s duty including the counting and accurate recording of all monies taken through the club’s current catering procedures.
  • To maintain the cleanliness and care of the equipment and working areas in accordance with the current standards required by Law and the procedures laid down by club including maintaining the kitchen management book.
  • To observe as applicable: Hygiene Health & Safety regulations and other statutory requirements Security procedures House fire procedures
  • To undertake tasks not specified above which could reasonably be held to be associated with these subjects and which are in furtherance of the club’s interest.
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

400CLub

CHOBHAM RUGBY’S FUN FUNDRAISER TAKES ON A NEW LOOK – WELCOME TO THE “400” CLUB

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 ROAD MAP 2021 TIMELINE MARCH -V1

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

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


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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!!”