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How to apply for farm work as coronavirus lockdown means 90,000 positions need filling

Farmers are calling on British workers to fill vital roles harvesting fruit and vegetables during the coronavirus crisis after warning stocks may ‘run out’. Due to tight travel restrictions imposed by governments amid the Covid-19 pandemic, some 90,000 positions need to be filled, many in just a few weeks’ time. Agricultural workers from eastern Europe usually fill the majority of roles but restrictions across Europe and further afield mean they can no longer get to the UK to work. British Summer Fruits, which represents soft fruit growers, has set up an interactive map on its website showing the locations of farms around the UK and the jobs on offer – but how else can you help?

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Sunday 9th February 2020 – Oadby Wyggs vs Leicester Lions – U10s

Team: Callum, Evan, Ewan, Harry BB, Harry S, Jack, Laurie, Leo, Matthew and Seva.

Without doubt, the conditions brought about by storm Ciara were going to play a significant part in the game today and would test the physical as well as mental abilities of the team, not to mention the resilience of all parents, friends, siblings and supporters on the sidelines.
The windy, wet and cold conditions can sometimes put players off, but that certainly wasn’t the impression given by either team. The pre match warm up and team talk probably helped focus their minds a bit, as Coach Mark talked about the need to show determination and resilience even in the unusually windy conditions.
It clearly wasn’t going to be a day for expansive rugby, with lots of intricate passing.
The conditions favoured a much more attritional style, but that didn’t stop us trying to play our usual brand of creative, passing rugby, even if we did have to rely on recycling the ball well through what felt like ruck, after ruck, after ruck.
On the whole, both teams did really well when they had the ball, with perhaps Leicester Lions slightly more competitive at the ruck. But that didn’t stop us taking advantage of the space afforded to us by a slightly longer and wider pitch than usual. We certainly exploited the space on two or three occasions to score.
Encouragingly, we also stood strong in defence when under quite a lot of pressure from an aggressive, hard working and well organised Lions team.
Even though we were guilty of having a few too many players in the ruck on occasion, something that was picked up by the referee, we still managed to organise ourselves quickly enough to prevent them from gaining too much of an advantage.
We also showed some good learning, as one of our tries was scored through great work by the team to dig the ball out at the try line, to then pass it to an oncoming player who ran onto the ball from a good angle.
On the whole, great job in quite rubbish conditions. And everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
Stand out players this week for me were Evan because of his relentless defensive efforts and for being strong in the tackle, together with Ewan who showed how difficult he is to stop when he shows his determination, strength and direct running abilities.
Andrew Shilliam

Sunday 19th January 2020 – Leicester Forest versus Oadby Wyggs – U10s

So, this fixture was likely to be more of a test than usual for several reasons. To begin with, it was the first time this season that we’ve had to cope with cold, frosty conditions. As a parent on the sidelines it’s bad enough, and we aren’t being bumped around, trodden on, or using our cold, brittle hands and fingers for anything other than a supportive clap here or there or to grasp a warm drink.
Secondly, with head coach and son missing, we knew we were up against LFE, who from past experience are a good, strong opponent.
With enough players on both sides able to field two strong teams, everyone quickly got about things after a much needed warm up in the chilly conditions.
Despite whatever the final scores were, both sets of players from both teams seemed to be closely matched, which is a credit to both clubs and all the hard work that goes into the training and team management.
We know what our style is, particularly that our players aim to protect the ball, keep it off the floor, and to pass it amongst ourselves whenever possible.
From what I saw of both matches, our players certainly stayed true to that mantra and tried their hardest to use the entire width of the pitch at every opportunity, even if sometimes that meant we were teetering on the edge.
I certainly saw a collective effort to put pressure on their defence, lots of attempts to win the ball back in the maul, and some really strong running from a number of players all over the pitch.
Things to work on next time; probably the mental alertness when the ball goes to ground, getting more support near to the forward runners, and perhaps passing amongst the entire team so everyone gets a chance and not just to the same two or three players each time.
Overall, really competitive and coming along nicely.
Team: Alfie, Callum, Eddie, Ewan, Harry BB, Harry S, Jack, Joe, Laurie, Leo, Reuben, Seva, Thomas, and William.
Andrew Shilliam

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting of Oadby Wyggestonian Rugby Football Club Limited (Registered Charity no 1175251).

Together with the Inaugural Annual General Meeting Oadby Wyggestonian Rugby Football Club (Trading) LTD

To be held on Wednesday 15th January 2020

At 1900 hours in OWRFC Clubhouse, Oval Park, Wigston Road, Oadby

The purpose of the first part of the meeting will be to approve the accounts following on from the AGM of the Charity Company held on the 5th June 2019 when a full explanation of the club accounts was delivered at the meeting. Followed on with an explanation of the changes in the accounting period, which means that completed accounts would not be available until
later in the year.

Following on from this the Inaugural Annual General meeting of the Trading Company.


  • Welcome and signing in
  • Apologies
  • Explanation of the meeting and the structure and relationship between the Charity Company and the trading Company
  • Presentation of Report of the activities of the trading Company since being established (Chair/Commercial Secretary) Adoption of Report
  • Presentation of Accounts (Treasurer)
  • Adoption of Accounts Appointment of Auditors/Independent Examiner
  • Election of Officers /Directors
  • Motions to be put to the AGM
  • Any Other Business

By order of the Board of Directors for both companies

Christopher John Redfern Hon Secretary

42, Estoril Avenue, Wigston, Leicester. LE18 3RD

Aedan Reaches the 100 Milestone

The Under 12’s match against South Leicester on Sunday 24th November marked a landmark for Aedan Dauney-Duignan who made his 100th appearance for the team since record keeping began.
Aedan marked the occasion by being the team captain on the day and scoring a try in a tough encounter. Known for his endless energy, pace and persistence Aedan once again stood up to be counted.
Afterwards Aedan said that rugby was his favourite game because it needs great  teamwork to succeed. He added he enjoyed the game because the physical contact element of the game makes it more interesting and different from  most other sports.
Well done Aedan from all of the U12 coaches, supporters and players!!!

Sonny Takes on Lutterworth to mark a Ton

The U12’s took on Lutterworth on Sunday 8th December turning in an impressive performance to share the spoils with a loss and a win.
The match marked the 3rd of our players to make his 100th club appearance with Sonny Alba joining the centurion club this week.
Sonny captained the team on the day and inspired one of our best performances to date in this campaign, leading by example with great tackles, runs and off loads.
Afterwards Sonny said he enjoyed playing rugby because it’s physicality allowed him a way of getting rid of his frustrations or stresses. He added that he loves playing for the Wyggs as he plays in a good team but has a great social aspect each week with his friends too!
Well done Sonny from all of the U12’s Coaches, supporters and playing squad

U15s are supporting our Air Ambulance service

On Sunday 1 December, our U15s are taking part in the Great Lutterworth Santa Fun Run, to support the local air ambulance service, after one of our lads Joel Moeketsi was picked up by the air ambulance when he got injured at our recent match at Lutterworth RFC.

Please see the links below to the fun run website, and also the link to the U15s donate page.

Please show your support to this tremendously worthwhile cause, who were there when one of our players needed them.

Sunday 17th November 2019 – Oadby Wyggs versus Loughborough – U10s

Team: Eddie, Evan, Ewan, Harry BB, Harry S, Jack, Joe, Laurie, Matthew, Reuben, Seva, Thomas, and William.

Loughborough were a tough opponent last time we came up against them in the Prima Cup, beating us convincingly 5 – 0. They were quicker in their decision making, more aggressive at the ruck, and played some creative, passing rugby with fluency and flair.

Match cancellations in recent weeks due to the bad weather have given us the chance to focus on our rucking technique and overall line speed in our hastily arranged extra training sessions. Everyone certainly seems to have excelled at the drills we’ve been doing over the past few weeks!

Today was a chance for them to put that learning to the test and show the coaches that they could play the sort of creative, offloading and inclusive rugby that we want to be known for.

We were able to field two teams. It certainly was a good test of their physical stamina and strength, as much as their ability to show their learning from the previous few weeks.

This time round all the matches proved to be much closer than the previous encounter, with Loughborough seemingly setting out to play the same style of rugby as us. On occasion it was like looking in a mirror.

The standard of the games was really high, as both teams showed how good they were going forward, running with the ball in hand and passing at the right time to keep the game moving. Both teams also displayed good positional sense and a real grasp of what can be quite complicated rules.

Our attacking play and offloading in the tackle was good, as was our positional sense. Both clubs seemed to exchange try after try. It was great to see other players celebrating the less glamorous side of the game, especially when players took the initiative at the ruck, made try saving tackles and attacking gains, and set up try scoring opportunities for others.

Some learning points for next time – we need to get over the ball in the ruck a bit faster still, continue to support our forward runners as they move up the pitch, and generally deal with loose balls much quicker.

Overall, some positive steps in the right direction after some focussed, targeted drills in training over recent weeks. The coaches were very happy with what they saw. Well done everyone.

Andrew Shilliam

Under 12’s Prove Strong Enough to a BIG Challenge from Loughborough

After a couple of weeks of disruption due to the weather the Under 12’s were finally back in action with a return to Oval Park to meet a big physical side from Loughborough. Two large squads, totaling 40 boys on the day, played out 2 close and exciting matches with the spoils being shared with a win a piece.
The home team were slow out of the blocks but finally got into their stride. Sonny Alba and Harry Hine led from the front with strong running displays making hard yards when they were needed. Andrew Uhegwu put in another outstanding tackling display drawing praise from the opposition coaches and all spectators for his bravery and technique. In the backs Jacob Grief showed some great slight of foot on a couple of jinking runs forcing the opposition back, whilst Milo Brotherton returned from a long absence due to injury and looked sharp with some good runs with the ball. In only his second game Akarl Heer demonstrated how hard he’s been working with some fantastic handling under pressure.
Addison Meredith proved too strong for the opposition again crashing over for a number of scores throughout the day ably assisted by Healey Heritage scoring two tries from some powerful running. Healey was making his debut for the team and made an instant impact with good handling and clever pick ups to steel yards when needed. Overall he had an extremely impressive first outing for the team and is a welcome and timely addition to our already strong squad
As usual the team were cheered on by a large home crowd who appreciated the great rugby played by both teams on yet anther enjoyable fixture.

Colts in Holt 2019 – By Chris Anderson (Colts Coach)

Colts in Holt 2019 – By Chris Anderson (Colts Coach)


Twenty Wyggs Colts aged 16 to 18 all setting out from Oadby last Friday night for Norfolk on rugby tour, what could possibly go wrong?

Some lads were straining at the leash to get on the tour bus with unnaturally heavy kit bags, others were visibly apprehensive of what lay ahead as they embarked as tour virgins.

After three hours driving and tapping along to the sweet melodic sound of drum & bass a McD’s pit stop, hedge relief and a refreshments restock the lads piled out into digs at Sheringham.

The mayhem carried straight into the digs and then into a previously sleepy Sheringham. Saturday morning, and the England vs Australia kick off and breakfast had clearly arrived too soon for a few.

We arrived at Holt RFC on Saturday in fine fettle. The many hours spent on Friday night rehydrating, playing pool and eating rather than sleeping was clearly excellent prep. The pre match psychological prep also left no stone unturned. Holt’s immaculately turned out blazered lads were visibly shaken to see 15 bleary eyed Wyggs players looking primed as they arrived in sock/slider combos and black gangster bandanas.

The two squads played out an entertaining game. Wyggs had just 15 of their 20 touring lads fit to play. Holt fielded a much larger squad and were excellent opposition. Wyggs started the game strongly and had Holt under pressure for long periods. Despite having good possession and territory Wyggs were unable to finish promising phases of play and conceded three try’s in the first half to be trailing 19-0 at half time. Holt had taken their first half chances from Wyggs mistakes to run the length of the field twice and their strong running by some key players was proving very hard to stop.

Wyggs again started the stronger of the two teams in the second half and continued to apply pressure across the field. A magnificent second half fightback was on when Wyggs skipper Eliot Morris left Holt defenders trailing in his wake to dot down and Ben Mason powered over twice to pull it back to 26-21 to the hosts. Henry Cooke had added the extras. Wyggs pressed and the comeback was nearly complete when a Wyygs pass on the now creaking Holt last ditch defensive line was intercepted and an 80m sprint by a rapid Holt player to score unopposed. The try was decisive and after further Holt squad rotation their extra energy overran the Wyggs in the last 10 minutes. Further long range scores were registered. The final score was 45-21 to our hosts.

The game was played in an great spirit and Holt RFC were again excellent hosts. We very much look forward to hosting their colts at Oval Park soon.

The Saturday night was all about group fish & chips and the obligatory tour court session. His Honour Judge Mason presided and justice was apparently duly served.

Early rise on Sunday again and we fruitlessly joined Nahuel cheering the French rugby team on.

The lads all enjoyed a big Sunday roast at a local golf club, before boarding the buses for the quieter journey home. Drum & bass was exchanged for more soothing music as some eyes closed and heads rocked onto teammates. The returning rugby tourists were home. Some had left Oadby on Friday as apprehensive young individuals, but to a man they returned shoulder to shoulder as a team.

Thanks to everyone who has supported this years tour but particularly Clare Morris for all her arrangements and Mick Corley, Steve Cooke and Les Berg for travelling.

The start of this Wyggs colts season has been tough as we’ve struggled for numbers. Injury and unavailability has hit our small squad hard. To see 20 lads on tour is a huge credit to the group and particularly the lads who’ve joined our group in recent weeks. Some lads are new or returning to rugby and it’s great to see how quickly they’ve become part of the Wyggs Colts group.

U12’s LRU Preliminaries Match Report

Better late than never, here is the U12s report from the LRU Preliminaries on 3rd November (sorry it’s late!!)

The Under 12’s took a reduced squad to the preliminary LRU county festival on Sunday 3rd November, the reduction being enforced by the LRUs rules and against our inclusive squad ethos. The matches saw the boys taking on hosts Ashby as well as strong teams from Syston, Lutterworth and local rivals South Leicester.

In an outstanding set of displays the boys were narrowly defeated by Lutterworth and finally Ashby, on both occasions by only a single score. The team also achieved a hard earned draw against Syston and a thrilling match ended all square with South.

On the day the team were led by Luca Santoro-White on his 101st appearance and he inspired outstanding performances from Addison Meredith, Owen Kent and Toby Cox. Fin and Louis Bent were immense in their tackling and were a constant nuisance to the opposition. Sonny Alba and Harry Hine teamed up with the skipper to be devastating in the contact turning over endless ball at the break down, before a big hit resulted in Harry having to leave the pitch against Syston.

Andrew Uhegwu made in instant impact to the team with a powerful display of tackling and strength in the breakdown on his debut and overall the boys gave a great account of themselves against 4 strong oppositions. Overall the team performed extremely well in difficult playing conditions, still managing to show great handling skills (despite the mud) and a new found steel at the breakdown, which won them lots of plaudits from both sets of supporters.

A tough physical morning but enjoyed by all and, as ever, supported by our travelling fans in exactly the right spirit, made for an enjoyable outing at this stage of the tournament. We look forward to the rest of the squad joining up with the team again this weekend and press on to Market Harborough.

Luca reaches the century for the Wyggs

Whilst no match this week the Under 12’s still marked a significant achievement in the Wyggs career of one of our players. Luca Santoro-White achieved his 100th appearance for the club since records began at U9s. In 2 of the 3 seasons Luca achieved a 100% attendance record!

Luca said: “I enjoy coming to Wyggs as I have made some good mates and love playing the game. I look forward to Sunday’s each week and love being part of a good team with my friends”.

When asked if he would recommend OWRFC to new players he said “I would say come down if you like rugby and want to make friends. We re a good team and the sessions are good, but afterwards is always the best fun”.

Luca will Captain the side next week against Leicester Lions.

Well done Luca from all of the coaches.


U12s at the Syston Festival

The Under 12’s impressive start to the season continued with a strong display at the annual Syston Festival. The team came up against tough opponents in Ashby, Leicester Forest, Leicester Lions and of course the hosts Syston. All teams that had previously beaten us. In 4 hugely entertaining games though the squad continued to demonstrate their improvements and the ability to build on phases of play scoring some outstanding team try’s built on hard contact work, silky handling and devastating finishing.

Ashby proved to be the team to beat on the day, although the boys gave a great account of themselves in a spirited second half fight back, but a draw with the hosts and two well deserved victories made for a successful day and allowed the team to appreciate how far they have come.

The most pleasing element remains the emergence of leaders on the pitch, the whole squads togetherness and high standards in all matches. Of course the lads were cheered on once again by our exemplary support.


5th Signing for 2019/20 | New Player-Coach joins Oadby Wyggs!

Jon Lowdon comes to the Wyggs with some big boots to fill after Billy Blair stepped down at the end of last season. The search for a new coach started in March and after meeting with a few candidates Jon seemed the right person for the job to take the club forward.

Jon said “When the opportunity came about to work with such an exciting group of players who are keen to develop, it was an easy decision to join the coaching team at Oadby. The club are very well respected in the Midlands and performed really well last year to finish third in a highly competitive league. Our challenge is to build upon this and make sure that we are performing to a high standard consistently. I have a strong desire to develop a brand of rugby that can be reproduced throughout the adult and junior sections, thus allowing a clear pathway from participation, progression to performance.

Dale Ager commented “We sat down with a few different options but Jon seemed to have the same desire and passion to succeed as myself and the club. Having known Jon for a number of years he’s got a good rugby pedigree, we played together at Coventry RFC and Leicester Lions, he’s an intelligent player and understands the game very well. I’m enjoying working alongside him and excited for the coming season trying to build on last seasons success.”

We hope you can join us in welcoming Jon into the club and wish him well for the upcoming 2019/20 season.


4th Signing for 2019/20 | Ross Kellett joins the mix at Wyggs.

Ross comes from a good rugby background having played his school rugby at JCC and represented his local teams Hinckley, Market Bosworth and Burbage

Ross commented “After many years of playing rugby joining Oadby Wyggs was for me a no brainer, it’s great for my personal development and playing for such a great club is a privilege. I know I will take my game to the next level by being part of an excellent club that has great coaches, players and set up. Everyone at Oadby is fully focused on success which is what makes it such a great place to play rugby.”

Dale Ager (Forwards Coach) said ”It’s great to see the club getting on the rugby map by attracting players of Ross’s quality, at only 22 he’s a young hooker who is eager to learn his trade, I’ve been impressed by his work off the ball at training and he looks a tough player. I’m excited to see him in action.

I’ve done some homework on him speaking to his old teacher/coach ( Marc Howgate) who I used to play with and he was full of praise.”

Another signing still to come.

3rd Signing for 2019/20 | Elliot Cant fresh from his Spanish siesta

Elliot has had a year away from the club where he played a pivotal role in his University’s League winning season.

Elliot has just completed a year in Spain studying Strategic Management, where he played for Bathco Rugby Club. Whilst out there, he managed to win promotion to the top division in Spain ‘Division de Honor’.

Canty said “Having played throughout the junior set up at the Wyggs, I’m excited to get a full season with the senior team after a few years away at Uni and then last year spending the season in Spain.

Obviously, there’s an abundance of front row players knocking about at the minute which is awesome. I’m enjoying training and playing alongside them all and it’s great for us to push each other for places in the team.

It was great to see the success of the club last year and I’m looking forward to getting back out there with the lads and following it up with another top season, showing this league what we can do.”

Dale Ager (Forwards Coach) revealed “It’s great to get Canty back in great nick, he’s a strong dynamic ball playing tighthead and a very strong scrummager this matched with his fantastic fitness test results will stand him in good stead for the season ahead.

He’s played at the club all throughout the junior ranks so it home from home for him. I look forward to working with him and watching go from strength to strength.”

More signings to come

2nd Signing of 2019/20 | British & Irish Lions Star joins the ranks!

It’s a great pleasure to announce the signing of Harry Ellis. Harry won 27 Caps for England and 1 Test cap for the British & Irish Lions before having to retire at 28

Harry stated “Absolutely over the moon to join the wyggs and look forward to get back playing for a wonderful club which is at the heart of the Oadby and Wigston community”

Dale Ager (Forwards Coach) revealed “It’s great having Harry around the club, his vast experience and willingness to share his knowledge with the lads is fantastic. He’s been working really hard this pre-season to get himself fit and it’s starting to show. Having been around the club for a few years now having the odd runout for the President team & social member.

He’s got his bite back and wants to play more regularly, which is fantastic as a coach to have a player of his calibre available for us to select.

We look forward to seeing him in action in the next couple of weeks.

1st Signing for 2019/20 | Will Ramsey adds some sting to the Wyggs ranks.

Will has come back to Wyggs following his time at Wasps academy & Oakham School

The utility back comments “Having joined the club at the age of 5 it is fair to say the Wyggs has played a huge part in my development as a player. This has allowed me to be successful in my career so far, representing Oakham School and Wasps academy. I’m hugely proud to now have the opportunity to follow in my dads footsteps and fulfil my goal of representing the clubs first XV. I look forward to seeing what the future holds with a senior squad full of pride and aspiration.”

Dale Ager (Forwards Coach) said ”Will is an exceptional player with a great attitude towards the sport, his willingness to listen and learn is great. He can play all across the backline, which is great option to have. At only 18 he’s a real classy player and we’re excited to see him in action and slot into the team .