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January Tribute Team of the Month Awards

The efforts of three more clubs have been recognised in the January Tribute Team of the Month awards.

Four bonus point wins out of four saw Weston-super-Mare IIIs move up the Tribute Somerset Two North Table.  The impressive run saw them move from midtable to third place.

In Tribute Devon 1 Dartmouth carved out three wins out of three including a narrow 17-13 success over promotion chasing Topsham.

Saltash's 39-10 win over Plymstock Albion Oaks extended their winning run to eight games in the Tribute Cornwall/Devon league.

All three clubs have been rewarded with a tray of Tribute Ale cans.


25 Feb 18

Wadworth launch team of the Month competition

The three year sponsorship deal between the South West and Wadworth has been formally signed at the brewer's Devizes headquarters.

Under the agreement the brewey, which is over 140 years old, has given its name to the county leagues in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset & Wilts, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire as well as South West 1 East and Southern Counties North and South.  Clubs have also received a cash award each and the five Constituent Bodies (CBs) have received payments too.

Today (1st February) the South West, in conjuction with Wadworth, is launching a team of the month award for those taking part in the sponsored leagues.  Each month during the season there will be five winners, one from each CB, who will receive a supply of Wadworth Ale as a prize.  The awards will be decided locally and go to a club who, in the judges' opinion, has had a noteworthy month.  That may be by winning all their games, or bouncing back from a heavy defeat or just pure perservance in the fact of adversity.  The inaugural awards will be announced at the end of this month.


Jonathan Thomas of Wadworth (right) signing the agreement with Shane Aldridge of the SW Competitions Committee

​01 Feb 18

December Tribute Team of the Month winners

Chew Valley, Buckfastleigh Ramblers and St Austell are the December 2017 Tribute Team of the Month winners.

Somerset's Chew Valley took the county's award after holding onto third place in Tribute Western Counties North.  They recorded wins over Old Richians and Wells.

Buckfastleigh ended the month in second place in Tribute Devon Two with a narrow success (6-5) over OPMs and more emphatic successes over Plympton Victoria and Salcombe to extend their perfect start to the season to six games.

In Cornwall St Austell also claimed second place at the end of the month in Tribute Western Counties West.  They had three out of three with wins over Paignton, Kingsbridge and Wadebridge Camels.

All three clubs have been presented with a tray of Tribute Ale to mark their success

Mike Gee and Denis Preece of the SW Organising Committee present St Austell with their team of the month award

31 Jan 18


SW Cups

The draw has been made for the opening round of the SW section of the three RFU Knockout Cup competitions. Details can be found on the Cups page.

The games will be played on the 10th February 2018.

The draw for the next round will be announced on Sunday 11th February.

23 Dec 17

Cornwall 1 & 2

Following the completion of the first phase of the Cornwall Leagues, the competition has now been split with the top eight sides forming Cornwall One and the rest in Cornwall Two.

The fixtures, which start on January 6th, have been sent to all clubs along with match result cards.

Cornwall One fixtures

Cornwall Two fixtures

20 Dec 18

November Tribute Team of the Month winners

Three wins out of three secured the November Tribute Team of the Month award in Cornwall for St Ives.  They ended the month two points clear at the top of Tribute Western Counties West.

Pic: Courtesy of St Ives Times & Echo

In Somerset Gordano extended their unbeaten run to seven games with three more successes in November.  Their run took them to within three points of the Tribute Somerset Premier division leaders Wiveliscombe - who lifted the award in September.

Sidmouth fought out two closely contested home wins to help them to the award for Devon. A 25-24 success over Chard was followed by a 26-24 win over Devonport Services.  They also recorded a 15-5 win away to fellow relegation battlers Crediton.

All three clubs have been presented with Tribute Ale to celebrate their success.

12 Dec 17

October Tribute Team of the Month Awards

Determination paid off for Camelford as they twice came back from heavy defeats to chalk up wins over Helston and Lankelly-Fowey to win the Tribute Team of the Month for Cornwall in October.

In Somerset Bristol Barbarians consolidated their hold on second place in Tribute Somerset One with two wins out of two in October, while Devonport Services pulled off three out of three in Tribute Western Counties West to get the nod for Devon.

All three teams have been presented with a tray of Tribute Ale in recognition of their achievements.

29 Nov 17

September Tribute Team of the Month Awards

Three teams from the South West are celebrating after winning the September Tribute Team of the Month Awards.

Liskeard-Looe are the Cornwall victors after winning four league games and being awarded a fifth.  In the process they conceded only three points.  They extended their unbeaten run by a further three games into October including a 29-15 win over Camborne School of Mines last Saturday where they were presented with their prize by Cornwall League Secretary Denis Preece

In Devon Honiton claimed the prize.  They were also unbeaten in their five games in September including a 64-0 away win at Wessex.  They ended the month two points clear of Penryn at the top of the Tribute Cornwall/Devon League.

Wiveliscombe ended the month three points clear at the top of the Tribute Somerset Premier table to claim their county's prize.  They too had five wins out of five including four bonus point successes.

St Austell Brewery, brewers of Tribute Ale, present an award to a team in each of three counties during every month of the season with the winners being decided by a local committee in each of three areas.

23 Oct 17

Tribute marks ten-year milestone as Official Beer of South West rugby

As the 2017/2018 season kicks off, St Austell Brewery’s flagship Tribute Cornish Pale Ale is celebrating ten years as key sponsor of the South West Rugby Football Union, including the 10th season of sponsorship of the local leagues across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

First becoming the official beer of South West rugby in 2007 as part of a 10-year partnership agreement, the popularity of Tribute has grown from strength to strength across the south west and beyond during the past decade, with sponsorship of the South West RFU playing a key role in the development of the Tribute brand over that time.

Delighted at the renewal of the partnership deal, St Austell Brewery’s Trade Marketing Manager Marc Bishop commented, “Tribute has become synonymous with South West sport over the last ten years and our rugby sponsorship has played a huge part in that. We have made many friends within South West Rugby over the years and the support and enthusiasm we have received from within the sport has always been magnificent.

“It is a real honour to support local rugby and we know that many players are big fans of our beers so we’re proud to be able to help them with their passion for rugby.”

Cementing the renewal of the partnership at St Austell Brewery, SW RFU Secretary Mike Gee, who picked up the British Empire Medal in 2015 for his own dedication and devotion to the sport said, “We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with St Austell Brewery, who have been very supportive of us over the years. As a company, they are committed to giving back to the local communities in which they operate and we look forward to developing our friendship and partnership further over the next decade.”

The 10-year sponsorship was celebrated earlier in 2017 through the introduction of the Team of the Month awards across the Cornwall, Devon and Somerset leagues, with local panels of judges deciding on the most deserving team in each county to receive a case of Tribute Ale. 

As Mike himself puts it, “This is all about recognising the effort that clubs put in week in, week out on the pitch, so it is not just about winning. Battling against the odds, giant-killing and even just getting a team out each week are challenges some teams face, so it’s all to play for.”


Pictured at the signing ceremony L-R Mike Gee, SW League Co-ordinating Secretary, Marc Bishop – St Austell Brewery Trade Marketing Manager and Communications Director Jeremy Mitchell

Wadworth 6X teams up with league rugby in the South West

The South West Divisional Organising Committee (DOC) is delighted to announce a three-year sponsorship deal with Wadworth, brewer and pub operator based in the South West.

The independent family business in Devizes, Wiltshire, has 240 pubs across the South West and South East.  Best known for its beer 6X, Wadworth has been brewing beer since 1875 and creates an extensive range of ales and seasonal beers. 

Wadworth Sales Director, Jonathan Thomas said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for Wadworth to work with the South West DOC and broaden the existing brand appeal across a region that has sold Wadworth beer for over 100 years. Wadworth have always had great links with rugby and its supporters and we are very excited about the three year partnership and the support we can offer each other in the coming years.”

Bert Barber, chairman of the South West DOC, welcomed the sponsorship: “Beer and rugby union have always had a close affinity and we are delighted to be working with a family concern like Wadworth.”

The deal means that Wadworth is now the official sponsor of 20 leagues including South West 1 East, Southern Counties North & South and the county leagues in Berks, Bucks & Oxon, Dorset & Wilts and Gloucestershire.

Both parties expect to see the relationship broaden over the coming years.

Details of the sponsorship will be circulated to clubs shortly.

​31 Aug 17