The Club is hosting a free event on Sunday 25th February 2015 inviting any U6 to U13 girls who are interested in contact or tag rugby in Wimbledon.
An initiative led by Surrey Rugby and aimed at encouraging girls who have not previously played rugby to give it a go, as well as for girls already playing to train and play matches alongside girls in other clubs. Surrey Rugby will be letting their clubs know about it and we are promoting it with clubs local to us in Wimbledon as well as primary and secondary schools, girl guides etc . There will be both training games and matches. There will be BBQ and bar during and after the training.
If you'd like to see more about what Girls' Rugby at Old Ruts have been up to then you can visit out webpage at https://oldrutsrugby.com/teams/minis/girls-tag
- Written by Jason Besant
Old Ruts vs Old Wimbledonians
Final Score - 22-19
Firstly, a huge thank you to the coaches and players of the U9s who put on an excellent spectacle. There was some brilliant rugby on show and it is safe to say the future is bright for Ruts.
As usual the side-line was packed with Ruts and Wimbledonians supporters, trying their best to shake of the Christmas hangovers and as a reward they were gifted with a lovely sunny day.
The Boxing Day fixture is equally a chance to show off some of the new Christmas presents, none took this opportunity more than 1st XV veteran Beany who was proudly sporting a new sheepskin jacket and t-shirt from the Mrs Whiteman to be. It is great to see so many people continually coming down to this fixture, many of the opposing players are friends, as too their families. Both sides have always been, and will continue to be, excellent friends off the pitch and fierce rivals on it.
The 1st XV fixture kicked off about 12.30, festivities were in full flow by this point. Captain James Kearney led out a young but unfamiliar looking squad, some returning players from years gone by and a few Boxing Day debutants – notably the fresh faced but well established Caolan.
Old Wimbledonians were the first team on the scoreboard; the Ruts defence was sloppy and let in a soft try to let them go up 7-0. I think the boys still had their Christmas hats on for the first few minutes, but it didn’t take them long to get into 5th gear as James Kearney ran over from a wonderful counter-attacking move started by Ollie Jordan and assisted by internationally capped Henry. 7-7. Some more poor defending let fixture veteran George Fairbairn run in under the posts for Old Wimbledonians – he’s been a mainstay for OW’s in recent years, a fine chap indeed. 14-7.
The mighty Ruts almost immediately returned with an emphatic score from Asher, who had a brilliant game. I actually saw him in a ruck within the first 5 minutes, a Christmas miracle of the highest order. Either he was trying to impress a girl or his family, I later found out that he had his mum, cousin and brother down to watch. They will have been mightily impressed with his performance. The kick was missed so it was 14-12 at half time to OW’s.
The second half was all Ruts, MOTM contender Ollie Jordan ran over for an excellent score on the break. Almost immediately Tom Richards, who was still taking off his London Irish kit, ran over in the corner for a brilliantly worked try to make it 22-19.
The finest display of the day was undoubtedly from young Benji Sumrie, who is 18 by the way. He doesn’t do anything fancy, not for lack of trying, but he is constantly providing support for his team mates all over the pitch and doing the jobs no one wants to do. He doesn’t even look tired at full time either.
Merry Christmas and Happy New year from everyone at Old Ruts.
- Written by George Vaughan-Barratt
- Written by Mike Stallard
2nd XV vs Old Paulines (H)
Final Score: 24 - 17
Try Scorers: Mike Brent, Callum Baines x2, Tom Nebrook
Cons: Charlie x 2
The mighty 2’s finally get the win, and in some style. Old Paulines came to Poplar Road second in the league, only to the undisturbed and menacing Economicals. Unusually for a Ruts team, we started extremely strongly – piling on the pressure and eventually made Paulines pay with a fine score from 1/2s chameleon and all round good club man Mike Brent. We then switched off and allowed OP’s to run in shortly after with a scrappy try – but you take them. We had a period of sustained pressure in their half but a few sloppy handling errors meant we left unrewarded – we could have scored 2 or 3. Unfortunately Paulines scored another unconverted try before half team, taking them 10-5 up into the break.
We started the second half in emphatic style, the poacher and double try scoring man of the march Callum Baines slithered his way through the OP’s defence. Callum lead us calmly in the lineouts and along with the ever reliable Harry Keohane, kept us at strong and stable at scrum time. Ryan Stroud kept heads calm throughout, Old Ruts' very own Theresa May - the leader none of us voted for. Following this has to be the moment of the match, perhaps the moment of the season so far. The all seeing, all knowing, evergreen Tom Sellar chipped in smartly behind the OP’s quick line and Fly Half (turned Winger) Charlie stopped time with a breathless run, pick up and offload to Callum who ran in under the posts. Fine composure and verve from the young man Charlie – one of our great success stories this season. 19-17 to the Ruts.
Tom Newbrook then really proved that age is just a number, our 40 year old flanker rummaging over the line to put us 24-17 up. 80 minutes for the Old Man, a fine achievement indeed. A special mention to Danny our young 9, I don’t think I’ll have a job on the pitch the weekend after next. I'm happy with that.
Captain's Man of the March – Callum Baines
- Written by George Vaughan-Barratt