30th October 2019
We are well into the season with three senior sides being fielded, if we can find an opposition. Our 1st XV have won their first four league games and are top of the league. You can see all results on our fixtures page. Generally things are heading in the right direction with large numbers at training. We are putting a Vets side out in November.
Players in our senior teams include lads who were at the same school as Kyle Sinckler, but recruited by our Director of Rugby, Stacia Long, to play for us. Last Saturday Channel 4 sent a crew to the club to see how we were recruited children and adults from all backgrounds. They chatted to our players about our club. Click here to see a clip of their television interview.
We and our Director got a good mention in last Saturday's Guardian. Click here to read the article.
- Written by Peter Stokes
We are aware that we have not been adding enough news to our website this year. We will try and be better next season. We have been shy about putting on news despite the club doing well.
Overall the Old Ruts Rugby season has been a great success. Juniors picking up a few trophies and the senior sides being expanded to 3 regular teams. The team spirit has been great.
Our 1st XV, promoted last season held their own to finish mid-table in Surrey League 2 (played 23, won 10, drew 1, lost 12.)
The 2nd XV only lost 4 matches in the season with one to play and have won the play-off final and are promoted as champions (played 16, won 12, lost 4, plus 8 winning walk-overs.)
For the first time for years, we were able to field a regular 3rd XV. The team has played well only losing 3 times with still one game to play. They too are champions of their league (played 15, won 12, lost 3, plus 5 winning walk-overs).
Our Under 18s made it through to the last 16 teams in the National Under 18 Cup. On the way we beat Horsham, Wasps and London Irish Amateurs. We fell short 10-27 to Bromley but were buoyed up by the fact that many of our team were Under 17.
On 9th March the Old Ruts ran a successful and enjoyable Rugby Club Day for charity and fun.
We welcomed San Gregorio Rugby Club and their veterans team from Sicily. We started the day with our mini (Kids' First) rugby players demonstrating their skills, Brave mums then played an exhibition game of Tag Rugby. The day continued with with our vets matching the Italian vets in a full game. Finally our 1st XV played a league match against Old Blues and revenged our defeat against them earlier in the season at their ground. Afterwards we all returned to the bar to watch the England rugby team play the the national Italian team at Twickenham in the Six Nations' tournament.
Pictures of the day can all be found at the following links.
Food & friends - https://photos.app.goo.gl/HrWg2CVK5ysJJtt27
Kids & Veterans - https://photos.app.goo.gl/MA95qodVQLaE8qjz9
Junior tours are just ending, but yet to come are sevens competitions, the seniors tour and the Annual Awards Dinner on 18th May.
- Written by Peter Stokes
Sunday 21st October
In a classic encounter and in front of a large and very enthusiastic crowd at Poplar Road, Old Ruts Colts just edged past an excellent Horsham side in the first round of the RFU U18s Cup.
Both sides played some excellent rugby and tries were hard to come by but in the end Ruts deserved the victory for the mature way in which they absorbed the Horsham pressure and took the chances that came their way. Everyone who took the field can be very proud of that performance.
The 2nd round sees another home draw against Wasps on November 18th.
- Written by Stu Campbell