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.

http://www.santafunrun.org.uk/

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-portal/fundraiserPage?pageId=1124267

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.

OWRFC vs Lutterworth U10s 29.9.2019

Welcome back everyone, as we all look forward to the 2019-20 season.

 The new season means new features of the game for players and parents to get our heads round, particularly the introduction of the uncontested scrum, the Maul and the Ruck. For those with no clue about these things, I thought a brief overview might be helpful.

  • A “maul” is formed when the ball carrier and tackler are joined by one additional player from either the defending or attacking team. No more than two players from either side (including the ball carrier and tackler) can be involved in the maul.
  • A “ruck” is formed when one player from each team, on their feet, are in physical contact and close around the ball on the ground. Players are rucking when they are in a ruck and using their feet to try to win or keep possession of the ball, without being guilty of foul play.

Still no fending off, and no kicking the ball at this stage either.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the point by point rules and regulations at this age can take a look here – https://www.englandrugby.com// dxdam/92/92f22928-9f48-4584- 9558-2cc343f19734/Regulation% 2015%20Appendix_4.pdf

The first game of the season saw us travel to Lutterworth, high in confidence and raring to go. Those involved this week were Eddie, Evan, Thomas, Matthew, Ewan, Reuben, Seva, Alfie, Jack and Harry S.

We want to be a team known for up tempo rugby, good handling and passing skills, offloading at the right times as we move forward together both in attack and defence. Though we have a number of pacey, dynamic runners in the team, the coaches have been working on creating a team of much greater depth and clearly want to avoid relying on one or two players running the whole length of the pitch to score our tries.

There was evidence of this in the early stages of the first match, with players running onto the ball on several occasions to really penetrate the Lutterworth defensive line, then passing at the right times to the supporting players. We just about shaded the first half but were caught out on occasion by their direct running and eagerness to win the ball in the ruck.

After a half time team talk that focused on being quicker to contest loose balls; not standing around waiting for someone else to do the work in the ruck; and passing the ball quickly down the line and in the tackle, we started off the second half well by scoring two quick tries. Seva deserves to be singled out for being particularly strong in the ruck, working hard to secure Wyggs possession. After that, things got a little less organised and a scrappy end to the second half saw Lutterworth score two unanswered tries.

The next couple of matches saw more of the same, with some great tries scored whenever we managed to move the ball down the line quickly and accurately. However, there were plenty of occasions where we looked a little less than certain about what to do in the ruck and the Lutterworth players seemed to get the bit between their teeth much quicker than us.

We were caught out on more than one occasion as it seemed that our players were often waiting for someone else to contest for the ball. Clearly some work to do on that area of the game, though again one moment stood out when Jack worked hard to clear out one of the Lutterworth players from the ruck and which resulted in an Oadby try.

More of the same needed from everyone else in the coming weeks please.

Andrew Shilliam

 

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.

#COYW

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 .

Hinckley Festival 29.04.2019 – U9s

The final few matches of the season saw us take part in the Hinckley Festival against Lincoln, Leicester Lions, and Melton. It was great to play revisit a few local rivalries and to pit ourselves against Lincoln, who we haven’t played before.

Team: Reuben, Matthew, Seva, Laurie, William, Thomas, Jack, Harry S, Eddie, Alfie, Leo and Ewan.

First up were Lincoln and we made a really positive start, with a some stand out individual play by a number of the team leading to most of our tries. I could tell the coaches were looking for more though, as they encouraged the whole team to get involved in all phases of the play. Overall, they ran through the defending tackles with strength and power, and on a fair few occasions showed us what they can do when they run on to the ball at pace. Oh, and the defence wasn’t too shabby either as they closed the space down really quickly and kept their tackles low. All in all, a good way to start the festival.

Our second match saw us come up against Leicester Lions – always a tough, competitive encounter! Passing between the team was much better, more accurate and quicker. Although our defensive press was even better than in the first match, Leicester Lions managed to break through quite easily especially as they had one particularly large player who looked well used to direct, brutal running through the middle. We seemed to be grabbing at players shirts, rather than trying to wrap them up and then use our own strength and body weight to bring them down. There was certainly a different tone about this match compared to the first one, which probably explained why we were a bit quiet and didn’t manage to take advantage of the space out wide. Never mind though and it was all smiles at the end as things finished quite even, despite not being quite on it defensively. Luckily, Leicester Lions seemed as disjointed as us and neither team could take advantage.

Next up, Melton Mowbray. And we seemed to have some midday blues. Our effort wasn’t as high as in the previous two matches, and it was clear that not all the team were putting in the same effort and energy levels that we’re used to. This match saw a bit of a reversal of fortunes, as our defence improved with some great tackles on some big, strong Melton players. However, our passing and handling strengths seem to disappear, as we dropped the ball quite a bit and often passed behind players. We were also a little slower to get the ball when it was free on the ground, something that Melton didn’t seem to suffer from. We seemed to let the performance of the Melton team phase us a little too.

Slightly worryingly, we had an hour or so gap before our final match. I say that because it gives the players (and the parents 😊) time for a burger, cake, beverage or other unhealthy snacks readily available at the festival. Still, all the money spent goes to help the club generate some much needed grass roots funds, even if it does sometimes lead to full stomachs and slower players.

The final match saw us come up against Leicester Lions again, and typically they have some vocal parents and coaches on the touchline. That seemed to bring out the voices of a few Oadby Wyggs parents and supporters too, which done the right way can really spur on our players on. And despite all the food, snacks and sweets taken on in the break they put in a really good performance. We couldn’t have asked for any more. Their defence was brilliant, they were passing up and down the line, and the communication between them all was fantastic! What a way to finish off the season. Well done everyone. Much to look forward to next season.

Andrew Shilliam

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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

LRU County Festival Finals 31.3.2019 – U9s

On Sunday 31st March the Oadby Wyggs U9s travelled to Melton Mowbray to take part in the Leicestershire Rugby Union Finals Festival. Spirits and expectations were high in anticipation of a round of entertaining and challenging matches against some of the best competition in the area.

The first match found the team taking on South Leicester. A very quick try by Reuben set the tone for this match. Showing early signs  of excellent teamwork and super handling of the ball, the Wyggs dominated the game. Some great tackling by Matthew, Jack and  Seva and superb running by Evan contributed to a fantastic opening result of 8-1 with further tries from Reuben, Evan and Seva. Some resistance from South Leicester was met by some excellent work by Thomas and Harry and for the second half the ball remained firmly in the South Leicester half.

Unfortunately after this first game, Matthew, who had been feeling unwell from the start, had to retire from the matches to rest.

Taking the confidence from this super start into the next match, the Wyggs took on Ashby A. Expecting some stiffer competition, the team worked hard from the off with some great possession and passing with fantastic supporting movement. Super team efforts led to tries from Seva to even Ashby’s early lead. After showing some persistent pushing forward and fine passing, Thomas scored a fine try and, with continued pressure, great defending and aggressive attacking, the team won by 5 tries to 3.

Leicester Forest were the next opponents and from previous encounters, the team knew this would be a challenging and well matched competition. A game full of excellent defensive work, particularly from Laurie and Jack, a large amount of pressure in attack, including some great runs from Leo, and some very tight battling between the two sides followed in a really entertaining encounter. Long spells of possession with super passing by Harry, Jack and Laurie led to Ewan finding some width to score a great try. Further tries from Harry and Seva with some brilliant tackling by Ewan led to a final score of 3 all.

Undefeated, the team went into their final match looking to maintain their record against Syston B. Pressure from the opponents led to some fine defensive play by Jack, Laurie, Ewan and Leo. First half tries by Reuben, Thomas and Evan took the team to a strong half-time position.  Early in the second half, Laurie took a knock on his shoulder but bravely recovered as some fantastic tackling from Ewan, Seva and Harry kept Syston’s attack at bay. With a sudden burst, Leo scored a great try and this was followed by a fantastic run with some excellent twists and turns through the defence by Evan to score. As the final moments approached, a great run from Evan and a pass to Reuben who drove through the Syston defence led to an incredible off-load to Thomas for a wonderful try. This brought the game to 6-4 and a well deserved final win for the Wyggs.

Overall, it was a fantastic afternoon of excellent rugby by the U9s. Every player gave 100% in a brilliant team performance that evidenced not only the growing confidence of the team but also their developing skills and tactical thinking. Thanks to coaches Mark, Raonull, Chris and Dave for all their coaching and to Gaëlle for the team management.

Adrian Manning

 

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

 

OADBY WYGGESTONIAN RFC SPRING BALL 2019

OADBY WYGGESTONIAN RFC

 

2019 SPRING BALL

(dancing to Blue Skies In June)

SATURDAY, 18th MAY  

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.

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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