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Latest News & Match Reports
New Office Team Announcement
Tracey Marden, Josh Brown and Keith Renwick
We're happy to announce the appointment of three new office staff here at Worthing RFC. Firstly we have Tracey who is our new office administrator and will be working 4 days a week. Secondly we have Keith who has filled the role of Finance Manager and will be working Tuesday to Thursday. Thirdly we have appointed Josh Brown as Commercial Manager. He will be working 5 days a week plus Raiders Home games.
We are very pleased with the appointment of these three individuals and look forward to them taking the Club forward in all aspects of administration, finance and particularly commercial development.
Their contact details are below:
Raiders fixtures for the 2016/17 season attached. Please note pre-season friendlies will be confirmed soon and kick offs to be announced more...
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28th May - 29th May
This weekend we will be open to show the following games on our new Samsung HD screens:
Saturday 28th May
Premiership Final 3pm kick off
Exeter v Saracens
Sunday 29th May
3pm kick off
England v Wales Pre Tour Game
We hope to see you up here enjoying the games!
Important Notice - Pitch Renovations
Over the past couple of weeks our ground keepers have been renovating all 6 pitches in preparation for our numerous off season events and the 2016/17 season. They've worked tirelessly every day to make sure the pitches are ready and we'd hate to see their hard work ruined. We'd like to politely ask that any touch or training is to take place on the road side pitch or the 'camping area' in the North-East corner of the grounds.
Thank you for your cooperation
Ian Davies - High Performance Manager
Following 5 seasons in charge of Worthing Raiders, Head Coach, Kieron Dawson and Assistant Coach Nick Buoy are to step down from their current roles – due to personal commitments and to enable a new approach to rugby development and performance at Worthing RFC.
During their 5 years at the helm, Worthing Raiders, the premier side in Sussex, have been one of the top 72 rugby teams in the Country. For one season in 2013/14 the team and club, achieved their highest standing by playing in National League 1, placing them in the top 40.
The club are extremely grateful to “Daws” and Nick, for the hard work and commitment given through these years. They have helped the progression of both players and teams during their term and have coached and developed an exciting brand of rugby that the many supporters of the Raiders, have enjoyed and cheered at The Rugby Park, over the years.
Both Daws and Nick have young families and increasing work commitments outside of rugby at Worthing and following the Raiders securing National 2 level rugby for next season, the decision has been reached that the time is right for all, to make changes. We wish Daws and Nick and their families, the very best for the future and we look forward to seeing them at the Club in coming seasons. As we say, once a Raider, always a Raider.
With Daws and Nick stepping down from their duties, we are able to announce that for the 2016-17 season former club coach Ian Davies, lately head coach and Director of Rugby at Championship side Cornish Pirates and newly appointed Head of Rugby at Christ Hospital, Horsham, is returning to Sussex and the club where he is to take up the position of High Performance Manager. The role will see Ian working with former Raiders players and now established high level coaches, Ben Coulson and Jody Levett, as they collectively take charge of the Raiders. The coaching and management of the squad will also be strengthened by the return of Paul Loader as Manager and Assistant Coach of Raiders As alongside Lead Coach and former Raiders' skipper and club stalwart, James Arthur.
Ian’s experiences in professional rugby since departing Worthing at the end of the 2008/09 season for Cornish Pirates, will be invaluable, together with Ben and Jody, in the coming season in terms of Worthing Raiders continuing to compete at National 2 level, mounting a challenge and ultimately winning promotion again to National 1 and then retaining a position within the top 40 teams in the Country. Ian will also be involved in supporting club coaches and our development of youth teams and players that continue to achieve a high level of success and as players, make their transition into adult rugby at the highest levels they aspire to achieve.
19th May 2016
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Q&A with James Chisholm
Wednesday 25th May - 7pm
Tickets £5 per person on the door
Sussex Cup Champions!!
They've done it again! Worthing Colts are now the Sussex Cup Champions after beating Chichester 15-10 at Brighton RFC. A fantastic achievement by everyone involved. Great work guys and enjoy your celebrations!!
Colts Sussex Cup Final
Sunday 15th May 2016
Brighton Rugby Club
12pm Kick Off
Following their National Cup win a couple of weeks ago, Worthing Colts are hoping to bring home some more silverware this Sunday in the Sussex Cup Final. The boys travel a shorter distance this time to Brighton RFC where they will play Chichester. Kick off at 12 Noon. Please come and support the boys on what is expected to be a great game for the future stars of our club! We hope to see you there :)
(L to R) Megan Priest, Lauren Sandford, Hannah Fosbraey, Holly Blackhurst (Captain) and Rachel Wensley
On Sunday 8th May, Worthing RFC had 8 players represent Sussex!
Five of our Ladies squad played against Oxfordshire and managed to beat them 32-5 whilst we also had three men from our Senior 1s team win 15-12 against Surrey!
This is a great achievement for the club and shows the level of talent we have through out the different squads. Well done to everyone involved! more...
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Worthing U17 Colts crowned National Champions after fantastic win against York U17 Colts
Photos by Phil Havers
On Sunday 1st May 2016, Worthing U17 Colts played York U17 Colts at the AJ Bell Stadium in Sale. This was set to be a fantastic game with the top two Colts teams in the country going head to head. Under the guidance of coach Jack Roberts they knew they had a huge challenge ahead but were more than ready to stand up and take a stance!
With only two minutes to go, the game was tied at 13-13 meaning York would have won after scoring the first try of the game. Luckily after some swift handling and quick thinking, winger Fergus Guiry dotted down in the corner to make the score 13-18 to Worthing. The try was successfully converted and moments later the final whistle blew. The new U17 National Cup champions celebrated in front of a large Worthing contingent of parents, players and club officials in the stands!
A great success for these boys and the club. Everyone at Worthing RFC are proud of what these boys have achieved and look forward to seeing them perform at higher levels in the future.
...this Sunday (15th May 2016) the boys will have the chance to lift the Sussex Cup as they take on Chichester at Brighton RFC. All support is very much welcome and we look forward to seeing what these guys can do! This will not be a game to miss!!