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Latest News 7th June

Old Rishworthians are one of six clubs who play rugby union in Halifax, West Yorkshire. The seniors section run a 1st XV who now play in Yorkshire 1, a development XV who play in the North Championship Merit league and the Academy XV who will play in the Western Merit table. The academy team is for colts players who have reached their 17th birthday, under 19s who are too old for colts and other players who are looking to develop their rugby skills further and push for Development XV rugby. There will be a requirement for players to train.

Academy Team Manager:
Paul Savage M 07875 229 944
e-mail pbsavage@hotmail.co.uk

The coaches for this squad are
Head Coach - Chris Stone M 07743 417 958
e-mail cstone@rishworth-school.co.uk
Dave Harker M 07768 195 087 harksdv517@talktalk.net
Greg Wright M 07772 937 303 greg2656@me.com
Richard Soothill M 07941 814 476 superleeds73@googlemail.com
Coach Mark Illingwoth M 07531 534 074 illy65@sky.com

When do the squad train
Tuesdays and Thursday evenings 7pm - 8:30pm
Please check the web site on the home page for details of any changes to the schedule.

When do the squad play matches
During the playing season September - April matches are on Saturday Afternoons.

How do I join
We are always looking for new players to join the club. Anyone interested in playing rugby either socialy or wish to develop further and push for the 1st XV squad just come down on a training night.

Player awards evening

Awards were given out at a presentation night at Old Rishworthians after what president Tim Thornton described as the best season in the rugby club’s history. While the first team gained promotion to Yorkshire One, the highest level to be played at since leagues began, there were also successes for the Development team and the Colts. He stressed that the great work done with the Development team and the colts had given the first team the strength in depth to complete a successful year and gain promotion. He thanked the coaching team of Chris Stone and Tom Andrews and team manager Dan Ingham, together with the Development team and Colts teams’ coaches Jon Bake, Dave McDonnell and Morley Hilton.

Club head coach Chris Stone congratulated the players saying: “As a club, we are on the way up”. He thanked the Development team and Colts coaches, Tom and Dan, the team of line markers – Leigh Billing, Peter Morgan and Roy Greenwood – Julie for her work in the kitchen and Jade for her photographic coverage.

Presenting the Development team awards, Jon Bake said it had been a real pleasure coaching them and they had only lost three games all season. Team ties went to Sam Bake, Ben Rooney, Greg Day, Lewis Hilton, Martin Brook, Chris Fox, Kris Hattam, Sam Rawnsley, Rhys Town and Paul McCumisky.

The ‘Team Player’ award was shared by Chris Fox and Martin Brook.
The most improved player was James McHugh.
The coaches’ award went to Josh Illingworth
The players’ player to Sam Bake.

View Photos by Jade

Next Games 8th October
away to Cleckheaton 3rds KO 3pm

The development team are sitting on top of the Aire/Wharfe West Merit league with four wins from four games. Cleckheaton have played three games winning one and losing two. Last week their game v Wharfedale was cancellled with Wharfedale short of players. The team again will be a mix of colts and 2ndXV players

Any players who have not been to pre season training but interested in playing rugby just meet at Copley or come down to training on Tuesday or Thursday and ask for Dave McDonnell.

Cleckheaton website

The Clubhouse, Copley
Halifax West Yorkshire
Telephone  01422 353919
e-mail  rugby@orrufc.co.uk
Colours Maroon, White, Black
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