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  1. Thanks for your kind words Eddie, maybe you can help remotely please? No kids teams yet but certainly want to progress up the pyramid.
  2. The club are seeking an Assistant Coach ahead of the 2020 season Bath Rugby League are about to embark upon their 4th season in 2020 and want to give everyone in the area the opportunity to play Rugby League and are on a journey to grow the game in the locality. We would like to hear from people who have a passion and desire to grow the sport in the locality, developing themselves and a group of people. This role will be supported primarily by the Head Coach (Matthew Bodey) and Club Coordinator. Please share with your network. http://bathrugbyleague.co.uk/vacancy-assistant-coach/
  3. The club are seeking an Assistant Coach ahead of the 2020 season Bath Rugby League are about to embark upon their 4th season in 2020 and want to give everyone in the area the opportunity to play Rugby League and are on a journey to grow the game in the locality. We would like to hear from people who have a passion and desire to grow the sport in the locality, developing themselves and a group of people. This role will be supported primarily by the Head Coach (Matthew Bodey) and Club Coordinator. Please share with your network. http://bathrugbyleague.co.uk/vacancy-assistant-coach/
  4. The club are seeking an Assistant Coach ahead of the 2020 season Bath Rugby League are about to embark upon their 4th season in 2020 and want to give everyone in the area the opportunity to play Rugby League and are on a journey to grow the game in the locality. We would like to hear from people who have a passion and desire to grow the sport in the locality, developing themselves and a group of people. This role will be supported primarily by the Head Coach (Matthew Bodey) and Club Coordinator. Please share with your network. http://bathrugbyleague.co.uk/vacancy-assistant-coach/
  5. ? REPLICA CLOTHING | You can now buy all of our #BathRL off-field gear online in our new VX-3 shop. ? We've hats, bags, shorts, trousers and all different kinds of tops for both winter and summer. ? Check out https://www.vx-3.com/shop/Club/Bath-Rugby-League Please contact the club direct regarding on-field orders, as minimum orders apply. #FutureIsBright #rugbyleague
  6. ? REPLICA CLOTHING | You can now buy all of our #BathRL off-field gear online in our new VX-3 shop. ? We've hats, bags, shorts, trousers and all different kinds of tops for both winter and summer. ? Check out https://www.vx-3.com/shop/Club/Bath-Rugby-League Please contact the club direct regarding on-field orders, as minimum orders apply. #FutureIsBright #rugbyleague
  7. Not so much in terms of supporters, not yet anyway, they don't know what they are missing
  8. Bath Rugby League are currently competing in the West of England League and travel all over the South West of the country to play fixtures. The club is highly ambitious and aim to progress up the Rugby league structure in the medium term. Bath Rugby League are looking for partners and sponsors for the 2019 season, and would like your business to be part of the team. Take a look at some of the highlights from the past seasons, events and awards, and our involvement in local business and media. Please review the PDF document which gives more information regarding the club that can be accessed via the below link: http://bathrugbyleague.co.uk/bath-rugby-league-sponsorship-partnership-packages-2019/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bathrugbyleague/ (New) Instagram: bathrugbyleague_ Twitter: @BathRugbyLeague Facebook: www.facebook.com/BathRugbyLeague Website: www.bathrugbyleague.co.uk
  9. Bath Rugby League are currently competing in the West of England League and travel all over the South West of the country to play fixtures. The club is highly ambitious and aim to progress up the Rugby league structure in the medium term. Bath Rugby League are looking for partners and sponsors for the 2019 season, and would like your business to be part of the team. Take a look at some of the highlights from the past seasons, events and awards, and our involvement in local business and media. Please review the PDF document which gives more information regarding the club that can be accessed via the below link: http://bathrugbyleague.co.uk/bath-rugby-league-sponsorship-partnership-packages-2019/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bathrugbyleague/ (New) Instagram: bathrugbyleague_ Twitter: @BathRugbyLeague Facebook: www.facebook.com/BathRugbyLeague Website: www.bathrugbyleague.co.uk
  10. Thank you, will always be very welcome at games. We would really like to hear some stories from the original foray, please send us a message with anything you remember? We would love to find and identify some of the old personalities...
  11. Fantastic start to pre-season training on Monday Head Coach & England Universities Programme Coach Matthew Bodey led a great session. Thank you to Emily Griffiths and her staff at Odd Down Sports Centre for being so friendly and helpful. Come and join us on Monday, 7pm at Odd Down Sports Centre, Bath. All ages (16+) and all abilities welcome, have fun and improve yourself as a Rugby League player. Why not come and have a drink with us at the local pub - Red Lion after training too, and share your stories?
  12. Fantastic start to pre-season training on Monday Head Coach & England Universities Programme Coach Matthew Bodey led a great session. Thank you to Emily Griffiths and her staff at Odd Down Sports Centre for being so friendly and helpful. Come and join us on Monday, 7pm at Odd Down Sports Centre, Bath. All ages (16+) and all abilities welcome, have fun and improve yourself as a Rugby League player. Why not come and have a drink with us at the local pub - Red Lion after training too, and share your stories?
  13. The club can reveal their coaching and backroom staffing structure for 2019. The Rugby side of the club will be headed up by Director of Rugby Alex Burns who is promoted from Head Coach in 2018 after leading the club to winning the West of England Championship. Alex will focus on shaping a wider vision for the club and its continued growth on and off the pitch. On his appointment Alex Burns (Alex Jab) said "Achieving success as a club on and off the pitch last season will act as a springboard towards the ambitions of Bath Rugby League. Our coaching restructure will allow us to get the best out of everyone at the club. Matt Bodey has shown excellent potential as a young coach, and taking on the head coach role will give him further opportunities to develop. As DoR, I will be able to work closely with Club Coordinator Chris Chatten to establish and implement a wider vision for the club and align our on pitch performance with our strong club culture." Matthew Bodey steps up to Head Coach in 2019 after a successful stint as assistant to Alex in 2018, a year in which he also gained his Rugby League Level 2 coaching qualification and finished off the year being appointed by the Rugby Football League as Assistant Coach for the South West Universities Rugby League squad who had a successful win against their counterparts in the South East at Maidenhead on 2nd December, Matt also assisted coaches as part of the West of England regional squad this year. Matt was brought up with Rugby League in Sheffield, then played for the University of Swansea team while studying there and even gained honours playing for the West of England Representative squad playing against a Wales Presidents select 13. Matthew Bodey Head Coach, commented on his appointment, "It's really exciting to see the club develop over the last year, and I couldn't be happier to be a part of it moving forward. I'm really looking forward to improving further as a coach under Alex as DoR, and I for one will be looking forward to working with the squad towards the improvement that will come from last year's solid season" Matt Warnock was the Club Captain for the 2018 campaign and has played Rugby League for 4 seasons, a 'dual-coder' who also plays for Frome RFC where he won Clubman of the year in 2017 and also won the Bath Rugby League Clubman of the year award for 2018. Matt also does a lot of work behind the scenes promoting the club on social media channels, designing graphics as well as a number of other key tasks which ensures the club operates smoothly. Matt Warnock, commented, regarding his new Assistant Coach appointment "This is a hugely exciting opportunity for me and I can't wait to start coaching alongside Matt & Alex with Bath Rugby League. Rugby League is such a fast growing sport in the South, and I'm looking forward to working with a group of players who are keen to develop alongside this. I think my previous experience in playing and knowledge from being such a long term fan of the game will add another dimension to the coaching team at Bath RL and the Coaching Staff are already keen to start planning pre-season and the months ahead as we look forward to a successful 2019 campaign." Clare Avenell has been appointed Lead Therapist again for the 3rd year running and has been with the club since it was launched prior to the 2017 West of England season. Clare also works for Bath Rugby and performs a similar role for Chippenham RFC during the winter season with their first team squad. Simon Gardner will also work as part of the therapist team. Clare Avenell, commented on her reappointment, "With Chris's ambition it is exciting to see where the club could go in the future. There is a friendly atmosphere with a good bunch of lads and I'm looking forward to working with them next season" Chris Chatten, Club Coordinator, said "Alex was fantastic for the club in 2018 establishing an inclusive and engaging environment/culture around the group, making training sessions fun. With Alex the club also get the benefit of his experience as an RFU Level 3 qualified coach working with Bath Rugby Developing Player Programme and his full-time role with Lewis Moody's (former England Rugby international forward) Maddog Sports as Director of Rugby, Alex will be moving to a new full-time role in 2019 as Head of Rugby Development, Downside School, which is part of the rational behind him taking a more strategic role in the club with Matthew Bodey stepping up to take a more hands on coaching role. As a club we want consistency with our culture and both Matt's stepping up in the coaching structure with Matt Warnock having played since the club began will ensure this. Clare is the longest serving member of the team, her commitment is second to none and she also gives helpful hints and tips to improve other areas of the club which is exactly what we want as we strive and drive improvements in all areas. This is a solid structure to move forward with for 2019, but we are always looking for good people to join the club so won't rule out further appointments if appropriate personnel can be identified, and they are willing to buy into and commit to the club vision and objectives." The clubs partnership with York City Knights RLFC will continue in 2019 after their successful promotion to the Championship. The club are always on the look out for good people who are keen to learn and improve in the sport with a desire to work hard to be better, the club aim to develop on and off the field building towards the 2019 campaign. If you are interested in playing for the club please get in touch. For further information and details regarding the club, please contact Chris on Mob: 07810 552196 or email info@bathrugbyleague.co.uk The club are also now on LinkedIn, please give us a follow: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bathrugbyleague
  14. The club can reveal their coaching and backroom staffing structure for 2019. The Rugby side of the club will be headed up by Director of Rugby Alex Burns who is promoted from Head Coach in 2018 after leading the club to winning the West of England Championship. Alex will focus on shaping a wider vision for the club and its continued growth on and off the pitch. On his appointment Alex Burns (Alex Jab) said "Achieving success as a club on and off the pitch last season will act as a springboard towards the ambitions of Bath Rugby League. Our coaching restructure will allow us to get the best out of everyone at the club. Matt Bodey has shown excellent potential as a young coach, and taking on the head coach role will give him further opportunities to develop. As DoR, I will be able to work closely with Club Coordinator Chris Chatten to establish and implement a wider vision for the club and align our on pitch performance with our strong club culture." Matthew Bodey steps up to Head Coach in 2019 after a successful stint as assistant to Alex in 2018, a year in which he also gained his Rugby League Level 2 coaching qualification and finished off the year being appointed by the Rugby Football League as Assistant Coach for the South West Universities Rugby League squad who had a successful win against their counterparts in the South East at Maidenhead on 2nd December, Matt also assisted coaches as part of the West of England regional squad this year. Matt was brought up with Rugby League in Sheffield, then played for the University of Swansea team while studying there and even gained honours playing for the West of England Representative squad playing against a Wales Presidents select 13. Matthew Bodey Head Coach, commented on his appointment, "It's really exciting to see the club develop over the last year, and I couldn't be happier to be a part of it moving forward. I'm really looking forward to improving further as a coach under Alex as DoR, and I for one will be looking forward to working with the squad towards the improvement that will come from last year's solid season" Matt Warnock was the Club Captain for the 2018 campaign and has played Rugby League for 4 seasons, a 'dual-coder' who also plays for Frome RFC where he won Clubman of the year in 2017 and also won the Bath Rugby League Clubman of the year award for 2018. Matt also does a lot of work behind the scenes promoting the club on social media channels, designing graphics as well as a number of other key tasks which ensures the club operates smoothly. Matt Warnock, commented, regarding his new Assistant Coach appointment "This is a hugely exciting opportunity for me and I can't wait to start coaching alongside Matt & Alex with Bath Rugby League. Rugby League is such a fast growing sport in the South, and I'm looking forward to working with a group of players who are keen to develop alongside this. I think my previous experience in playing and knowledge from being such a long term fan of the game will add another dimension to the coaching team at Bath RL and the Coaching Staff are already keen to start planning pre-season and the months ahead as we look forward to a successful 2019 campaign." Clare Avenell has been appointed Lead Therapist again for the 3rd year running and has been with the club since it was launched prior to the 2017 West of England season. Clare also works for Bath Rugby and performs a similar role for Chippenham RFC during the winter season with their first team squad. Simon Gardner will also work as part of the therapist team. Clare Avenell, commented on her reappointment, "With Chris's ambition it is exciting to see where the club could go in the future. There is a friendly atmosphere with a good bunch of lads and I'm looking forward to working with them next season" Chris Chatten, Club Coordinator, said "Alex was fantastic for the club in 2018 establishing an inclusive and engaging environment/culture around the group, making training sessions fun. With Alex the club also get the benefit of his experience as an RFU Level 3 qualified coach working with Bath Rugby Developing Player Programme and his full-time role with Lewis Moody's (former England Rugby international forward) Maddog Sports as Director of Rugby, Alex will be moving to a new full-time role in 2019 as Head of Rugby Development, Downside School, which is part of the rational behind him taking a more strategic role in the club with Matthew Bodey stepping up to take a more hands on coaching role. As a club we want consistency with our culture and both Matt's stepping up in the coaching structure with Matt Warnock having played since the club began will ensure this. Clare is the longest serving member of the team, her commitment is second to none and she also gives helpful hints and tips to improve other areas of the club which is exactly what we want as we strive and drive improvements in all areas. This is a solid structure to move forward with for 2019, but we are always looking for good people to join the club so won't rule out further appointments if appropriate personnel can be identified, and they are willing to buy into and commit to the club vision and objectives." The clubs partnership with York City Knights RLFC will continue in 2019 after their successful promotion to the Championship. The club are always on the look out for good people who are keen to learn and improve in the sport with a desire to work hard to be better, the club aim to develop on and off the field building towards the 2019 campaign. If you are interested in playing for the club please get in touch. For further information and details regarding the club, please contact Chris on Mob: 07810 552196 or email info@bathrugbyleague.co.uk
  15. Believe the Yorkshire Mens League and Midlands League tours were led/coordinated by RFL staff, possibly Cumbria too. The West of England (Lionhearts) went on tour to Ireland in March 2017 beating Ireland under 19's in a high scoring close contest.
  16. Bath Rugby League have collaborated with Bath University Broncos Rugby League squad for their first ever annual challenge fixture with the university side. University of Bath Rugby League side play at the highest level possible in the university leagues in Premier South against the likes of Loughborough known for their sporting prowess and other sides such as St. Mary’s – Twickenham, University of Exeter, University of Gloucestershire and Nottingham Trent. Bath Broncos season is in full swing and are currently sitting mid table in what is probably the best standard they have played since forming a few years ago having won promotion to the league in 2016/2017 season. This inaugural challenge fixture will be played at Trowbridge rfc on Wednesday 12th December 2018, 7.30pm kick off and will be their last fixture before breaking up for Christmas. For Bath Rugby League this is an out of season fixture, but a fantastic opportunity for new players to come and experience the club and the sport, with this in mind the squads have joined forces and will be having a joint training session in the lead up to the fixture on Sunday 9th December, 5pm till 7pm, meeting at the universities Sport Training Village entrance at 4.45pm before training on the AstroTurf, trainers required. The session will be led by Morgan Evans (Bath University Broncos – Head Coach), Morgan is also a professional Rugby League player and Wales Rugby League International, so an opportunity to pick up some useful hints and tips to improve all-round game management, particularly for players who are new to the sport. A Bath Rugby League, spokesperson said, “These events are a fantastic opportunity for the current squad to get together out of season, but just as important is an opportunity for new players to experience the club and the sport. While we want to improve and develop as a squad ahead of our 2019 league campaign, we also want to give anyone who wants to play the sport an opportunity to do so. We welcome anyone of all ages and abilities (16+) to come and try the sport and see what the club is all about at the joint training session and challenge fixture” Bath Broncos, Chairman, Billy Snaith said, “We welcome the opportunity to play against Bath Rugby League and will look forward to this becoming an annual challenge for both clubs, it will be a good final hit out for the lads before our Christmas break, we don’t often play evening fixtures, so we will look forward to playing under the floodlights at Trowbridge RFC”. Anyone who is interested in attending the joint training session and fixture are asked to contact Chris for further details via mobile: 07810 552196 or email: info@bathrugbyleague.co.uk The club are also looking for festive challenge match sponsors and sponsors for the up and coming season, please also contact Chris for more details and discuss bespoke arrangements.
  17. Bath Rugby League have collaborated with Bath University Broncos Rugby League squad for their first ever annual challenge fixture with the university side. University of Bath Rugby League side play at the highest level possible in the university leagues in Premier South against the likes of Loughborough known for their sporting prowess and other sides such as St. Mary’s – Twickenham, University of Exeter, University of Gloucestershire and Nottingham Trent. Bath Broncos season is in full swing and are currently sitting mid table in what is probably the best standard they have played since forming a few years ago having won promotion to the league in 2016/2017 season. This inaugural challenge fixture will be played at Trowbridge rfc on Wednesday 12th December 2018, 7.30pm kick off and will be their last fixture before breaking up for Christmas. For Bath Rugby League this is an out of season fixture, but a fantastic opportunity for new players to come and experience the club and the sport, with this in mind the squads have joined forces and will be having a joint training session in the lead up to the fixture on Sunday 9th December, 5pm till 7pm, meeting at the universities Sport Training Village entrance at 4.45pm before training on the AstroTurf, trainers required. The session will be led by Morgan Evans (Bath University Broncos – Head Coach), Morgan is also a professional Rugby League player and Wales Rugby League International, so an opportunity to pick up some useful hints and tips to improve all-round game management, particularly for players who are new to the sport. A Bath Rugby League, spokesperson said, “These events are a fantastic opportunity for the current squad to get together out of season, but just as important is an opportunity for new players to experience the club and the sport. While we want to improve and develop as a squad ahead of our 2019 league campaign, we also want to give anyone who wants to play the sport an opportunity to do so. We welcome anyone of all ages and abilities (16+) to come and try the sport and see what the club is all about at the joint training session and challenge fixture” Bath Broncos, Chairman, Billy Snaith said, “We welcome the opportunity to play against Bath Rugby League and will look forward to this becoming an annual challenge for both clubs, it will be a good final hit out for the lads before our Christmas break, we don’t often play evening fixtures, so we will look forward to playing under the floodlights at Trowbridge RFC”. Anyone who is interested in attending the joint training session and fixture are asked to contact Chris for further details via mobile: 07810 552196 or email: info@bathrugbyleague.co.uk The club are also looking for festive challenge match sponsors and sponsors for the up and coming season, please also contact Chris for more details and discuss bespoke arrangements.
  18. Think I have seen the game with Nutgrove on YouTube...
  19. This is really interesting, the club actually played at Chippenham RFC for the debut 2017 season
  20. This was the second ever regional challenge fixture after the South West Universities had a big win in the inaugural fixture at Frome RFC this time last year. This fixture was a lot closer than the score suggested and was played under the lights at Melksham RFC due to a late Sunday afternoon kick off. The South West Universities were 46-12 winners at full time, when captain Callum Merrett was presented with the trophy. The university students had to see off an early second half comeback from the West after going in at the break 24-0 up. Centre Aedan Coleman scored one of the fastest every Rugby League tries after the West had fumbled from the kick off the ball somehow landed in Aedan’s hands using his sidestep to move past the rushing West defence with ease, Callum Merrett tagging on the extras with the conversion. A few minutes later Aedan Coleman was over again after finishing off a good break, duly converted by Merrett. The game evened up for a while, but it wasn’t long before Merrett finished off a break himself before adding the extras with another successful conversion. The final try of the half went to Hugo again finishing off a strong break and powering his way over, Merrett again successful with the conversion. It was clear at half time the line breaks seemed to be the only difference between the two sides, giving the South West Universities a 24-0 half time lead, but they did not have it all their own way. The West came out fired up after the half-time team talk by Head Coach Tom Perrin, but they were already having a strong set completion rate, so not much to be too concerned about despite the score line. The West started the second half the stronger side going in for two quick fire tries without reply from winger Luc Thomas and forward Todd Johnson, unfortunately neither were converted as both scored out wide, Nick Parks unsuccessful with the first shot at goal, and Connor Tomley just pushing the second wide, with a good effort after allowing for the wind. The South West hooker Rex Boulter then went over from close range, duly converted by Merrett bringing the scores to 30-8 in the South West Universities favour, which after this score probably put a stop to the West’s comeback campaign. However, this didn’t dishearten them still showing intensity in attack and defence, the ball was moved quickly left and Luc Thomas shot over in the corner for his second try of the afternoon, but again Tomley could not convert from out wide, he went very close again minutes later in a similar position of the field but was just forced into touch by the strong South West Universities defence. The South West pulled out of danger in the last 10 minutes with Hector Silva going over out wide from close range, Merrett with a good conversion. A few minutes later Callum Merrett scored his second try of the afternoon, again converting his own try. Then, to finish off precedings for the afternoon substitute winger Alex Mayo went over for an unconverted try, after he went very close to scoring earlier in the second half with a good 40 metre break. A spokesperson from the respective programmes said, “This was a fantastic hit out for the West of England select testing themselves against a youthful and athletic South West Universities squad which also included some professional players. The South West Universities benefitted from the game trying out combinations as they build up to their England Universities pathways fixture against South East Universities squad at Maidenhead RFC on Sunday 2nd December 2018, 4pm kick off. The best players from across the South will then be called up to represent the South in an Origin fixture against the North in February 2019.” West of England – Squad 1. Mike Harrison (Bath Rugby League) 2. Ben Mitchell (Reading Raiders) 3. Rob Sully (Bath Rugby League) 4. Ricky Drewitt (Southampton Spitfires) 5. Luc Thomas (Bath Rugby League) – 2 Tries 6. Nick Parks (Bath Rugby League) 7. Connor Tomley (Swindon St. George) 8. Alex Dare M’Connell (Bath Rugby League) 9. Charlie Price (Southampton Spitfires) 10. Kerry O’Sullivan (Reading Raiders) 11. Joe Collins (Swindon St. George) 12. Kyle Armstrong (Portsmouth Navy Seahawks) 13. Todd Johnson (Swindon St. George) - Try 14. Dan Bown (Swindon St. George) 15. Jonny Green (Bath Rugby League) 16. Henry May (Bath Rugby League) Head Coach – Tom Perrin Assistant Coach – Jay Woodley (All Golds) South West Universities 1. Errol Carter (University of Gloucestershire/Coventry Bears) 2. Josh Verity (University of Gloucestershire/Swindon St George) 3. Aedan Coleman (University of Gloucestershire/All Golds) – 2 Tries 4. Jack Daynes (Hartpury University & College/Swindon St. George) 5. Mike Holden (Cardiff Metropolitan University/All Golds) 6. Daniel Ascoli (University of Bath) 7. Callum Merrett (University of Gloucestershire/Coventry Bears) – 2 Tries, 6 Goals 8. Hugo Marrier D’Unienville (University of Bath) – Try 9. Rex Boulter (South London Silverbacks/University of Bath) - Try 10. Paul Leversidge (Swindon St. George/University of Gloucestershire) 11. Brett Davies (University of Gloucestershire) 12. Henry Beer (University of the West of England/Swindon St. George) 13. Sam Bragoli-Jones (University of Bath) 14. Will Gilder (Swindon St. George/University of Gloucestershire) 15. Lewis Harris (University of Gloucestershire) 16. Chris Booth (Swindon St. George/University of Gloucestershire) 17. Hector Silva (Hartpury University & College/All Golds) - Try 18. Alex Mayo (University of Bristol) - Try 19. Caley Gray (University of Bath/London Broncos) 20. Connor Whittall (University of Gloucestershire) 21. Ben Lillstone (University of Bath) 22. Sam Gilder (Swindon St. George/University of Gloucestershire) Head Coach – Ben Whincup (University of Gloucestershire) Assistant Coach – Matthew Bodey (Bath Rugby League) Team Manager – Chris Chatten (Bath Rugby League) Therapist – Clare Avenell (Bath Rugby League) Ref – Glenn Tyreman West of England v South West Universities Full time: 12-46 Half time: 0-24
  21. This was the second ever regional challenge fixture after the South West Universities had a big win in the inaugural fixture at Frome RFC this time last year. This fixture was a lot closer than the score suggested and was played under the lights at Melksham RFC due to a late Sunday afternoon kick off. The South West Universities were 46-12 winners at full time, when captain Callum Merrett was presented with the trophy. The university students had to see off an early second half comeback from the West after going in at the break 24-0 up. Centre Aedan Coleman scored one of the fastest every Rugby League tries after the West had fumbled from the kick off the ball somehow landed in Aedan’s hands using his sidestep to move past the rushing West defence with ease, Callum Merrett tagging on the extras with the conversion. A few minutes later Aedan Coleman was over again after finishing off a good break, duly converted by Merrett. The game evened up for a while, but it wasn’t long before Merrett finished off a break himself before adding the extras with another successful conversion. The final try of the half went to Hugo again finishing off a strong break and powering his way over, Merrett again successful with the conversion. It was clear at half time the line breaks seemed to be the only difference between the two sides, giving the South West Universities a 24-0 half time lead, but they did not have it all their own way. The West came out fired up after the half-time team talk by Head Coach Tom Perrin, but they were already having a strong set completion rate, so not much to be too concerned about despite the score line. The West started the second half the stronger side going in for two quick fire tries without reply from winger Luc Thomas and forward Todd Johnson, unfortunately neither were converted as both scored out wide, Nick Parks unsuccessful with the first shot at goal, and Connor Tomley just pushing the second wide, with a good effort after allowing for the wind. The South West hooker Rex Boulter then went over from close range, duly converted by Merrett bringing the scores to 30-8 in the South West Universities favour, which after this score probably put a stop to the West’s comeback campaign. However, this didn’t dishearten them still showing intensity in attack and defence, the ball was moved quickly left and Luc Thomas shot over in the corner for his second try of the afternoon, but again Tomley could not convert from out wide, he went very close again minutes later in a similar position of the field but was just forced into touch by the strong South West Universities defence. The South West pulled out of danger in the last 10 minutes with Hector Silva going over out wide from close range, Merrett with a good conversion. A few minutes later Callum Merrett scored his second try of the afternoon, again converting his own try. Then, to finish off precedings for the afternoon substitute winger Alex Mayo went over for an unconverted try, after he went very close to scoring earlier in the second half with a good 40 metre break. A spokesperson from the respective programmes said, “This was a fantastic hit out for the West of England select testing themselves against a youthful and athletic South West Universities squad which also included some professional players. The South West Universities benefitted from the game trying out combinations as they build up to their England Universities pathways fixture against South East Universities squad at Maidenhead RFC on Sunday 2nd December 2018, 4pm kick off. The best players from across the South will then be called up to represent the South in an Origin fixture against the North in February 2019.” West of England – Squad 1. Mike Harrison (Bath Rugby League) 2. Ben Mitchell (Reading Raiders) 3. Rob Sully (Bath Rugby League) 4. Ricky Drewitt (Southampton Spitfires) 5. Luc Thomas (Bath Rugby League) – 2 Tries 6. Nick Parks (Bath Rugby League) 7. Connor Tomley (Swindon St. George) 8. Alex Dare M’Connell (Bath Rugby League) 9. Charlie Price (Southampton Spitfires) 10. Kerry O’Sullivan (Reading Raiders) 11. Joe Collins (Swindon St. George) 12. Kyle Armstrong (Portsmouth Navy Seahawks) 13. Todd Johnson (Swindon St. George) - Try 14. Dan Bown (Swindon St. George) 15. Jonny Green (Bath Rugby League) 16. Henry May (Bath Rugby League) Head Coach – Tom Perrin Assistant Coach – Jay Woodley (All Golds) South West Universities 1. Errol Carter (University of Gloucestershire/Coventry Bears) 2. Josh Verity (University of Gloucestershire/Swindon St George) 3. Aedan Coleman (University of Gloucestershire/All Golds) – 2 Tries 4. Jack Daynes (Hartpury University & College/Swindon St. George) 5. Mike Holden (Cardiff Metropolitan University/All Golds) 6. Daniel Ascoli (University of Bath) 7. Callum Merrett (University of Gloucestershire/Coventry Bears) – 2 Tries, 6 Goals 8. Hugo Marrier D’Unienville (University of Bath) – Try 9. Rex Boulter (South London Silverbacks/University of Bath) - Try 10. Paul Leversidge (Swindon St. George/University of Gloucestershire) 11. Brett Davies (University of Gloucestershire) 12. Henry Beer (University of the West of England/Swindon St. George) 13. Sam Bragoli-Jones (University of Bath) 14. Will Gilder (Swindon St. George/University of Gloucestershire) 15. Lewis Harris (University of Gloucestershire) 16. Chris Booth (Swindon St. George/University of Gloucestershire) 17. Hector Silva (Hartpury University & College/All Golds) - Try 18. Alex Mayo (University of Bristol) - Try 19. Caley Gray (University of Bath/London Broncos) 20. Connor Whittall (University of Gloucestershire) 21. Ben Lillstone (University of Bath) 22. Sam Gilder (Swindon St. George/University of Gloucestershire) Head Coach – Ben Whincup (University of Gloucestershire) Assistant Coach – Matthew Bodey (Bath Rugby League) Team Manager – Chris Chatten (Bath Rugby League) Therapist – Clare Avenell (Bath Rugby League) Ref – Glenn Tyreman West of England v South West Universities Full time: 12-46 Half time: 0-24
  22. I understand David Kay from the old Bath club in the 1980's/1990's was also instrumental in the MASWARLA league, sadly I understand he has now past away.
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