2017/18 Season
London Irish U13, U14, U15 DPP Assessment
Current U12 /U13 and U14 managers and coaches:-
Please see the information below regarding the Assesment for the London Irish DPP programme for the 2017/18 season. 
We are looking for you to nominate your three best players and one player who you believe to have the most potential. Please remember that not all Schools or Clubs will have players of this standard, whereas others will have slightly larger numbers to nominate. 
The more accurate you are with your nominations, the more accurate we can be with our talent identification. 
Please see the link below allowing your nominated players to register for the London Irish U13, U14 and U15 DPP
Assessment evening in preparation for the 2017/18 Season. (Current U12, U13, U14 players)
All players currently in the London Irish Bronze Academy DPP will re trial, unless selected to automatically go through to next years programme. 
We will inform all players of the trial and inform the selected players who are automatically through to next years programme. 
Schools note, if a player is being nominate by their club, please do not also nominate them. 
The Assessment Dates: 
   U13 – Tuesday 9th May.
   U14 – Wednesday 10th May
   U15 – Thursday 11th May
Time: 6.00pm Registration, 6.30pm Start
Venue: HMS Temeraire 3G Pitch  - PO1 2EJ

The rugby session will consist of a variety of skills and conditioned games.
The Hampshire Elite Player Training (HEPT - old DPP) is a separate programme run by Hampshire RFU , which can and does feed up to the LI DPP Academy.
All current HEPT (old Hampshire DPP) players will need to be nominated by their club or school for this London Irish DPP assessment.
Players will be able to select their training venue after the assessment evening. 
We have two Venues accessible for players located in Hampshire. 
  1. Applemore College, Southampton, SO45 4RQ
  2. London Irish, Hazelwood, TW16 6QU
Once registered, players will receive more information before the Assessment. 
Kind regards
Patrick O'Grady| Academy Manager
Mob: 07921187965

Here are this weeks Hampshire Finals :-


Saturday : Hampshire BOWL Final


Trojans FC v Eastleigh RFC

at Trojans FSO50 9HT KO 3pm







Sunday : Hampshire PLATE Final


Petersfield RFC v Farnborough RFC

at Petersfield RFC - GU31 4EP KO 3pm

Hampshire’s hopes of reaching Twickenham in the Jason Leonard Under 20 Championship were ended by a clinical second-half performance from back-to-back champions Yorkshire at a packed Hooks Lane on Sunday.

The men in white scored five second half tries, four coming in the final 18 minutes as Hampshire pressed to get back into the game after Ben Holt’s opportunistic score cut the arrears to just two points on the hour mark.

It was one-way traffic in the last quarter and gave the final score line a desperately unfair reflection on the game as a whole as Hampshire gave their much vaunted opponents plenty of problems.

But their experience at this level ultimately told with winger Jonny Keh (Leeds Beckett University) helping himself to a hat-trick with some flair as the holders stamped their authority on the game.

The home side certainly had the visitors rattled in the early part of the game, forcing Yorkshire into indiscipline which saw two players sin-binned within the first 12 minutes.

It was Hampshire who took the early lead when Harry Johnston (Winchester) slotted a penalty following a flurry of penalties with Yorkshire pegged to their line, bringing the first yellow.

Yorkshire hit back five minutes later, moving quickly up the field and then driving over the line – Otley’s Sam Hudson getting the final touch down although some overexuberance in the celebrations sent lock Zak Poole to join his team mate in an early rest.

A second Johnston penalty on 35 minutes gave Hampshire plenty of encouragement and turning around only two points behind was plenty more.

Almost immediately from the restart, Yorkshire pushed Hampshire firmly into their own half and showing their strength up front kept the home side locked on their line, so much so that they forced a penalty try as the ruck collapsed with the line at their mercy.

However, when scrum-half Holt charged down a Yorkshire clearance kick from the 22-metre line and raced onto the loose ball, seeing the ball bounce up nicely to return the deficit to just two points, the game was very much on.

Two tries in the space to two minutes on the hour ensured that hope was quashed as winger Jonny Keh showed a clean pair of heels to race away from the Hampshire defence for his first.

And then, immediately from the restart, he repeated the dose to put the game beyond any doubt and when he added his third – in the try of the game facilitated by Keh’s Leeds Beckett team mate Chester Duff – it gave the scoreline an unfair reflection.

This was only made worse with the final moment of the game when Hull Ionians’ Ben Winterburn on the right wing ensured the final tally closed at 43-13 – the impressive Luke White kicking a penalty and all five conversions with the boot.

Whilst cutting a very disappointed figure, Hampshire skipper Stefan Younghusband was understandably proud of his team.  “What an incredible season it has been,” he said.

“Sadly we just couldn’t quite get over the line today as we couldn’t get through them as their defence was solid.  We tried to get our boys into it but just couldn’t find a way.

“The scoreline isn’t a fair reflection on the game but once they started to keep scoring, our heads went down and we just couldn’t do anything.  But, that said, I am massively proud of the team.”

As he should be as well.  This team stepped up after winning the County Shield in 2016 and beat established names in Gloucestershire, Cornwall, Berkshire and Surrey on their way to the semi-final.

“No-one expected us to do this well but we proved them all wrong,” continued the captain.  “Yes, it is disappointing to be beaten today but we have dominated every opponent we have played and we can be very pleased with what we have achieved.”

And with 15 of the squad young enough to be able to feature again next season and an impressive set of players pressing from the Under 18 set-up, there is a lot of anticipation for the new campaign, once again in the top tier.

Hampshire Under 20s: Adam Musa (Camberley), James Wise (Leicester University), Matt Evenhand (Trojans), Cameron Smith (London Scottish Academy), Jerome Rudder (Havant), Harry Johnston  (Winchester), Ben Holt (Cardiff Met University); Ollie Baker-Clipston (New Milton & District), Stefan Younghusband (Loughborough University – capt), Elliott Bellman (Havant), Will Rayner (Manchester University), Ed Grinsted (Chichester), Rob Cuffe (Havant), Josh Moore (Esher), Jordan Gray (Plymouth University).  Replacements: George Cotterell (Trojans), Pita Koroi (Tottonians), James Hargreaves (Guildford), Matt Whitehead (Havant),  Joe Holland (Durham University), Danny Heyes (Havant), Charlie Thompson (Worthing).

Yorkshire Under 20s: Sammy Clements (Leeds Beckett University), Ben Winterburn (Hull Ionians), Connor Field (Nottingham University), Tom Allott (Sandal), Jonny Keh (Leeds Beckett University), Luke White (Leeds University), Sam J. Boxhall (Hull Ionians); Dominic Hardman (Hull), William Holling (Doncaster Phoenix), William Dennis (Harrogate), Tom Grahamslaw (Leeds University – capt), Zak Poole (Hull Ionians), Lewis Bradley (Huddersfield), Ben Hyde (Doncaster Phoenix), Sam Hudson (Otley).  Replacements: Reece Ward (Old Brodleians), Alex Reid (Leeds University), Dan Robinson (Doncaster Phoenix), Damola Adejuwon (Leeds University), Jonny Teague (Leeds Beckett University), William Lawn (Wharfedale), Chester Duff (Leeds Beckett University).

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.      HRFU Coaching Conference 2017 – Sunday 9th July @ Oasis Academy  


Please click here for information regarding Hampshire RFU Annual Coaching Conference to be held on Sunday 9th July,  0915-1615 at Oasis Academy, Southampton


Cost £60 – Which includes a conference polo shirt, lunch and refreshments


Booking: Use the following link to book online http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/courses/search/#/search?id=&c=&eventid=226334223


Places are filling up fast – book now or be disappointed!


2.      HRFU Coach of the Year Nominations 2017


Hampshire RFU Coach of the Year Awards will be awarded at the annual Coaching Conference at Oasis School on Sunday 9th July


This year Hampshire Rugby Union Coaching Committee is offering 2 Awards of which you can submit a nomination for each if you wish:

•       Senior Coach of the Year (Ebbs Memorial Trophy) 

•       Age Grade Coach of the Year  (U7s – U18s; inclusive of Tag, Touch, Sevens, Community, Inclusive programmes and other formats of rugby)


To nominate:

•       Click here to complete the form with no more than 300 words

•       Return to hampshirerugby@yahoo.co.uk

•       Deadline: Sunday 30 April


3.      CPD Courses


The following CPD courses are now online and live for booking:


CPD Kids First U10 Rugby Havant RFC 6 May 2017


CPD Kids First U11 Rugby Havant RFC 6 May 2017


Rugby Ready Portsmouth Grammar School 3 May 2017


CPD Scrum Factory Portsmouth Grammar School 17 May 2017



4.      Plaisir Du Mouvement Coaching Summit at Oxford University RFC


Please click here for information for the above unique coaching event being hosted at Oxford University.



5.      Director of Rugby Courses 2017


The two Director of Rugby (DoR) courses are now available to book via the RFU Online Course booking system at a cost of £600 including VAT.  


Click here for more info.



Places are limited and the closing date for applications is 18th May 2017.

The North course (Shropshire) workshops will be:

Workshop 1 – 10th & 11th July 2017

Workshop 2 – 2nd and 3rd October 2017

The North Course (at Lilleshall National Sports Centre) booking URL link:


The South course (Buckinghamshire) workshops will be:

Workshop 1 – 24th & 25th July 2017

Workshop 2 – 4th & 5th October 2017

The South Course (at Bisham Abbey) booking URL link:


The course has been developed by the RFU in partnership with the Ashridge Sport and Business Initiative to develop and support a generation of dynamic and inspirational leaders for the game. It is aimed at those leading rugby programmes in clubs, schools, colleges and universities.

The course will develop leadership and management themes, but set them firmly in an applied rugby context.  It will be delivered over four days, taking in four modules. Modules will be delivered in two sets of consecutive days, with residential accommodation provided within the cost. Over dinner at each overnight stay, there will be chance to listen to and question an experienced Director of Rugby to develop further your learning. It is envisaged that each cohort will become an ongoing Community of Learning, sharing practice and experience for years to come and the RFU intends to help facilitate this.

England Rugby and Hampshire RFU -  02 Summer Touch Rugby 2017


As the 2016/17 season comes to a close we know that many of you will be looking forward to a well-earned rest - but we also know that a good number of you (like us!) will also be looking forward to your Summer Touch Rugby fix!


Over the past 5 years we have some really strong evidence from clubs to suggest that running a well organised Summer Touch Rugby programme has helped with – whole club cohesion, youth/colts/senior transition, player recruitment, sponsor and community engagement, fundraising and increased bar revenue amongst other things.


With huge thanks to Hampshire RFU for providing funds, we are able to offer clubs running Summer Touch Rugby some equipment to help run their programmes – this year it will be a top up of balls and reversible bibs. 


In the past we have required full registers and reports to access this funding, but this year all we ask is for you to let me know the following :-


-       Club

-       Touch Rugby Contact

-       email and mobile no for contact

-       Start day and date

-       Time (start & Finish)

-       Finish Date

-       Would you like CRC support or not?


On completion of the programme we would also like to know:


·Average weekly attendance and highest weekly attendance


·A short outcome or anecdote of any positives that took place e.g. recruitment, income, etc. (only a few bullet points)



As in previous years we will not be holding a central meeting to share ideas across clubs, but the summer touch program is a key area of work with our clubs and educational establishments and as a Development Team it is an ideal opportunity to support your programme and also make connections with other club members. 



Could I ask that you let me know by indicating in the above spreadsheet if you would like CRC support .  If YES, either your club CRC or I will revert back and discuss what training needs or hands on support that you might like.


If you could please complete the above information and send it to me 


No later than Wednesday 26th April



We will arrange to deliver your kit ahead of your first planned session (but not before Monday 1st May).


I look forward to hearing back from you!

Best wishes


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