Weekly update from 


Ivan Torpey RFU & Hampshire RDO (New Forest, Greater Southampton & IOW) ivantorpey@rfu.com  Mobile 07764 960384 &


Kieran Spencer RFU & Hampshire RDO (North & South East).  kieranspencer@rfu.com  Mobile 07912541462




1.       CPD Courses: 


Find below some undersubscribed courses being held at Ellingham and Ringwood and Basingstoke RFC –


Please go use the link to sign up:



CPD Kids First U12 Ellingham & Ringwood RFC 6 Jul 2017


CPD Kids First U13 Ellingham & Ringwood RFC 20 Jul 2017


Refereeing Children Basingstoke RFC 5 Aug 2017



2.       Hampshire Club Summer Touch Rugby -  Saturday 15th July -  Winchester RFC  Start 1200:


On Saturday 15th July Hampshire RFU will be holding their 3rd annual Mixed Touch Rugby Festival at Winchester RFC


To date the following teams have signed up: Wilton Touch; Locks Heath Pumas; Fareham Heathens Mixed Touch Team; Shenanigans;

Gosport; Fawley; Eastleigh Hurricanes; Family Affair;

All Teams are welcome to enter:  Schools, Colleges;  Work Mates, Uni Students, Family & extended friends etc. are all welcome;


·FREE to enter

·12pm through until approx. 5pm (depending on entries)

·Squads of up to 12 – more players interested?  Enter more than 1 team!

·Bar and BBQ available throughout event

·Focus on fun and friendliness – no pressure and inclusive for all levels of player!


To Enter or for further enquiries please contact:  sharonevans@rfu.com Mobile 07545319691


3.       Game Changer:  


There are lots of short 2-3 minute rugby clips uploaded by England Rugby on You Tube that will support your coaching. 


The following link is an example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOkvqNE3fc0&feature=youtu.be 


alternatively type in Game Changer and have a surf

The fixtures for next season are currently being developed. 


As a result of the clubs meeting and the overwhelming support for the proposals developed by Terry Burwell.


We have taken into account the requests of clubs in the London leagues for their second XVs to have meaningful fixtures.


Havant 2 have moved to the Zoo league for the next season and St Jacques have moved to Sussex as airfare costs became prohibitive.


In preparation for the season after next 2018/19, there has been some realignment. 


Solent 1 will consist of the following clubs.

Andover 2

Basingstoke 2

Eastleigh 2

Gosport and Fareham 2

Portsmouth 2

Tottonians 2

Trojans 2

Winchester 2

This will provide 14 games between September and January.


Between February and April there will be two mini leagues of 4 teams each providing another 6 fixtures involving the top four and the bottom four.   The likelihood is that the top three (maybe four) will move to the top Hampshire league for the season 2018/19.   The remainder will move to the second Hampshire tier.  We cannot give anymore clarification at the is time as we do not know how many sides go up/ go down for the London leagues and  Havant 2 have the option of returning to Hampshire.   This is assuming that all games get played.  Sides that default any of these fixtures are likely to be dropped to a lower league.


Therefore it is anticipated that 3 current Hampshire one sides are likely to be relegated, again dependant on ups and downs of the London leagues.  This could become 4 if three sides drop from SW 3.


I intend to publish Solent 1 fixtures this weekend.   The remainder by 2nd July.


VETS Cup.                                                                    

In May I requested via Hampshire RFU confirmation of the number of sides clubs were going to run next season. I also asked if there was any appetite for the vets cup.  I have received interest from 6 clubs so far.  It is anticipated that the first round will be held on the 14th October 2017.  I do not intend to have any Solent 1, 2 or 3 fixtures on that weekend so hopefully this will encourage maximum participation.  This also provides a break as requested at the clubs meeting.   If you are interested in entering a club in the VETS cup then please contact Jeff Highcock directly at jeff.highcock@sky.com.  Deadline for entry will be 1st August the draw will be made on the 8th August  2nd round games  is likely to be on 2ndDecember 2017.


Hampshire Cup, Plate and Bowl.  If you would like to enter these competitions please send your requests to Jeff at the address above.



Geoff Paice

Solent merit table coordinator

It is my sad duty to report the recent death of Jonathan onion.


Hampshire RFU Life Associate and Havant RFC member.


Jonathan's funeral will be on Monday 26th June 2017 at Portchester Crematorium at 13:45.


Family and friend are welcome back to Havant RFC afterwards to celebrate his life.



 funerFuneral will be on Monday 26th June and will held at PortchesJonathan’s Funeral will be on Monday 26th June and will held at Portchester

We are holding Hampshire Elite Player Training (HEPT – was known as Hampshire DPP)Trials 

from 1830 hrs until about 2000hrs at HMS Temeraire Portsmouth.


for U13s  on Monday September 4th 2017 Form click here


for U14s  on Tuesday September 5th 2017 Form click here


for U15s on Wednesday September 6th 2017 Form click here


To clarify;- it is for the rising age groups next season
i.e. the U13s U14s and U15s in situ in September 2017


Clubs and Schools should only nominate up to a max of 5 candidates for each age group,

unless they have prior agreement with the Rugby Director.


In recent years the number of player trialling has meant that the Assessors had an impossible job to see all the candidates - its hoped this will mean the top individuals can be seen properly.


Schools should only nominate from non Club players please.


All Nominees from Clubs or Schools MUST preregister at the

Latest by 7th July  2017


by email to:  Rugbydirector@Hampshirerugby.com 


Registration Word document attached, please email to above address.


Once Preregistered the candidates will NOT hear anything else

 ... UNLESS the venue or times change

and are just to turn up at the above location.


Current HEPT players do NOT need to re register for trial.


Candidates attending who are not preregistered will not be able to join in September but will be permitted to retrial in January 2018


Trialists will be assessed in these areas:


Show Mental Toughness: Work rate, Confidence and Coach-ability.

Physical Attributes: Strength, Agility, Speed, Balance and Coordination.

Game Understanding: Spatial awareness, Decision Making, Vision, Evasion, and Creativity.

Game Play: Timing of the pass, Accuracy of the pass, Appropriate pass, Receiving the pass and length of pass.

Athletes from other sports should be considered in your nominations.

Please note...

The HRFU  -  AGM will  be held on Wednesday 12th July at Basingstoke RFC at 7:30pm

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