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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 .

Wyggs AGM – Wednesday 5th June at 1930

I hope everyone had an enjoyable evening at the Ball last Saturday. To plan and arrange such a large event, to encourage people to support it, and sort out the awards, speeches and collections take a great deal of effort and coordination. On behalf of the club, thank you to all involved.

On the subject of the Club, the next date for your diaries is the AGM on Wednesday the 5th June at 7.30pm. This is your opportunity to support the club and shape how it develops in the coming year. Hard work and a combined effort will be required to avoid complacency and to build on this year’s successes.
I look forward to seeing you all there.

Chris Redfern Hon Sec

Cup Final day is here!

Cup Final day is finally here!

After what feels like the longest 10 days in history since winning their last game against Melton, Oadby Wyggs 1st XV gets to step out on stage at Welford Road tonight against current holders, Syston.

What a great season it has been already. Since winning the league last year and being promoted into Midlands 1, finishing 3rd in their debut season has continued the club’s progress. The second half of the season has been incredible, only losing twice since the new year and they are currently on a run of 10 wins which include the quarter and semi-final of the County Cup. 

Having not competed in the County Cup Final since 1981, when we just lost to Westleigh at Welford Road, tonight will be a very special occasion for all involved at the club. Particularly as a number of players who played in the 1981 final are still actively involved with the club. 16 of the current squad have been developed through the junior section of the club. This commitment to develop young players is still an important aspect at the club and a number of our current squad are actively involved in coaching the junior age groups. Hopefully, this appearance in the final will inspire another generation of players at the club.

For Captain Bryn Bolton-Waugh and Vice-Captain Tom Bishop, it sees the culmination of five years work. Bryn said “We are a tight-knit club and everyone has worked incredibly hard to get where we are today, this is a great reward for all those who have put so much into the club over the years.” Tom said “The boys are just absolutely buzzing to get out there, we have lost out narrowly at the semi-final stage for the last two seasons so getting to the final is fantastic. However Syston coming from a higher league and having been in the final several times before over recent years, are the clear favourites, but we are certainly going to give it all we have got. The team have demonstrated great team spirit throughout the season with a never say die attitude, coming from behind to win a number of games late on. Being the underdog will only improve our level of performance. ”

The team to play:

  1. Bryn Bolton-Waugh (C)
  2. Lewis Jones
  3. Tom Gough
  4. Chris Arnold
  5. Neil McBride
  6. Ben Cornwall
  7. Billy Johnson
  8. Arthur Redfern
  9. Elliot Keable
  10. Jack Elliott
  11. Callum Corley
  12. Tom Bishop
  13. Tom Claffey
  14. Jonny Levett
  15. Byron Measures

Replacements: James Brookes, Michael Wright, Ollie Clayson, Joe Lunn, Nick Tosh. TR’s Owen Morris, James Boden.

Venue: Welford Road, Leicester Tigers Stadium

Kick off: 1945






(dancing to Blue Skies In June)


Holiday Inn Wigston

(previously the Stage Motel)

6.30pm to 12.00am

Ticket price £ 30 per person

Tables of 10 max

Please organise tables and give money and names to Sally Beevers as soon as possible to secure your place. Cheques payable to OWRFC Ball Account or direct to Sort Code 40-46-33 A/C No 51466216. Contact Sally on 07817 739031 or Jenny Robinson on 07769 654636 for more details.


A Gentle Reminder

Following our recent league fixture with Melton Mowbray RFC, The club has been made aware informally, that the referee on the day indicated that he had been subject to adverse comments concerning how he refereed the match.

This was a visiting referee from Yorkshire who was also being assessed.

Such comments could have come from anyone watching the game. However, as the host club, it is incumbent on us to ensure the standard of behavior at our ground reflect our values as a club.

I know we are passionate about our rugby and possess from the touchline the insight; experience and knowledge to both play and referee the match without the mistakes that sometimes happen on the pitch!

I know that Bryn as First team Captain has established a good reputation with referees and this is hard won.

As a club, we aim to be welcoming to officials and visiting supporters, I ask that we all reflect how a minority of adverse comments could damage this reputation and the fun and humour on the touchline that are an essential part of our game.

On the pitch, however, I want the Wyggs to be an increasingly difficult place to visit and play. With losing teams respected and teams that may beat us valuing their win as hard earned.

Chris Redfern Hon Secretary OWRFC

Match preview: Wyggs 1st XV away at Melton

Wyggs go away on Saturday looking to make it three on the bounce against a Melton side that haven’t won a game so far this season. 

Having gone away and watched Melton play against West Bridgford a couple of Friday’s ago, the lads have been warned not to be complacent. Melton looked very strong upfront and will be looking to turn their fortunes around with a home win against local rivals.

This weeks team sees a couple of changes with James Brookes making his 200th appearance at tight-head.  Lewis Jones and Billy Johnson get their first starts for a while. With Olly Mills injured there’s been a reshuffle in the backline that sees Tom Bishop and Callum Corley start at inside and outside centre with Hari Pathak-Mould coming in on the right wing.

The team to play Melton:

  1. Bryn Bolton-Waugh ©
  2. Lewis Jones
  3. James Brookes
  4. Michael Wright
  5. Ashley Gleadhill
  6. Billy Johnson
  7. Owen Morris
  8. Arthur Redfern
  9. Elliot Keable
  10. Jack Elliott
  11. Nick Tosh
  12. Tom Bishop
  13. Callum Corley
  14. Hari Pathak-Mould 
  15. Tom Claffey




  • Tom Gough
  • Oliver Clayton


Kick off 1415 at Melton



Match Preview: Super 2s away at Melton

After a disappointing week last week the super 2s are looking to get back to winning ways in yet another league game, this time away at Melton.

After a promising week at training and a few tactically chats about rewriting the wrongs of the last week the boys feel confident and are looking forward to what should be a hard game. With the 1s away also to the same opposition it could hopefully prove to be a big day for the club.

The side is largely the same as last weeks, with a few position tweaks here and there. The front row of Joe O, Sam Allardyce and Will clow stay together and Simon “rocket” Arnold returns from his holiday to come back into the second row. Harry White captains the team from 10 and Harry Neal comes into the side at 9 whilst it is a first start for the 2s this season for Chris Gray.

A very experienced team put out with 10 out of the starting 15 having played 1s over the last few seasons

  • 1- Joe O
  • 2- Sam Allardyce
  • 3. Will Clow
  • 4. Chris Gray
  • 5. Simon Arnold
  • 6. Ben Stringfellow
  • 7. Jack Arthur
  • 8. Will Edwards
  • 9. Harry Neal
  • 10. Harry White (Captain)
  • 11. Jonny Levett
  • 12. Guy Want
  • 13. James Boden
  • 14. Matt Rolfe
  • 15. Tom Boden

Nihal Douglas and Harry Mayfield make up the bench.



Match Report: Wyggs 1st XV relentless in hard win against local rivals Lutterworth

Wyggs hosted local rivals Lutterworth for the first time in three seasons on Saturday, Although it had been a long time since a competitive fixture, a lot of players still remained in both teams. Going into the match, both teams sat level pegging on 22 points with Wyggs sitting one place above on points difference.


Playing in wet and very cold conditions, Lutterworth kicked off proceedings and the first ten minutes was all Wyggs. Trying to play too much rugby, the opposition defence was well organised and quick to the breakdown. Wyggs couldn’t find a way through until being awarded 30 metres out in front of the posts. Jack Elliott got the first points on the board and it was 3-0 to the good.


A couple of sloppy mistakes saw Lutterworth make their way into the Wyggs 22 but never looked threatening. On 20 minutes Jack Elliott extended the lead to 6-0 with another well-struck penalty. Lutterworth then got their first points on with a penalty smack bang in front of the sticks.


With the opposition starting to come into the game Callum Corley was yellow carded for being too jovial with an old mate playing on the opposite team. The other player milked this but the ref wasn’t having any of it. Ashley Gleadhill left the game shortly after through injury with Billy Johnson replacing him in the second row.


Instead of letting this get the better of them, the lads turned things up and being a man down worked hard to get close to the Lutterworth line and it was Oliver Clayson who bundled his way over in the right-hand corner to get his first ever try for the 1st team. Jack Elliott struck the ball very sweetly to add the extras and it was 13-3.


In the last few minutes before the half Lutterworth added a further penalty which was to be their last points in the game and Olly Mills retired early through injury, being replaced by Hari-Pathak Mould. A reshuffle in the backline saw Callum Corley move to inside-centre with Path moving onto the wing. With it getting colder and wetter, Wyggs decided to run into the changing rooms with a 13-6 lead at the break.


Kicking off the second half slightly dryer and warmer, Wyggs got stuck straight in. Within a couple of minutes camped on the Lutterworth try line, the referee gave the advantage for a penalty and Jack Elliott took the free and kicked high and to the corner, for Callum Corley to make amends for his earlier misdemeanour to gather and dive over the line. On this occasion, the conversion was missed. 18-6 to the Wyggs.


Lutterworth had a chance to score on 50 minutes but butchered their only real opportunity of the game. This was the cause for major frustration within the opposition and shortly after this, Callum Corley’s old mate from earlier got a serving of karma and a ten-minute breather. This only gave Wyggs more energy and from then on controlled possession and kicked territory well with Lutterworth never getting back into it.


With 10 minutes to go, Wyggs determination paid off with Arthur Redfern finishing off a series of hard carries to score in the right-hand corner. With Path taking over kicking duties, he knocked over the tough conversion from the touchline in front of the lively crowd.

Wyggs saw out the remainder of the game in a controlled manner and bagged a very deserving four points that saw us move into fourth position and clear of fifth by three points.


Tough day for the 2s

A tough day for the super 2s against a strong Lutterworth side ended in a 7-52 loss.

Jack Arthur touched down for what was to be the only score of the day for the Wyggs who battled hard and put the effort in, but it was not to be. Credit must be given to Lutts who played very physical and clinical.

Big training week ahead for the 2s, who face Melton next week in another big league game. Hoping to get back to winning ways.