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Exmouth are champions

After missing out in the playoffs last season, Exmouth have clinched the National Three SW championship and promotion to National League 2 with a 38-24 win over title rivals Barnstaple.

A crowd of over 1,000 saw a tightly fought game with the winners only becoming clear in the final stages as the Cockles scored a breakaway try to seal the tie.

Barnstaple still have a route to qualify for promotion as they travel to Tonbridge Juddian for the Level 5 playoff next Saturday (30th April).

The officers and committee of the South West sent their congratulations to Exmouth and good luck to Barnstaple for next weekend.


24 Apr 16

End of Season Play offs

The end of season promotion play offs will be played on the 30th April 2016.  The venue for each match is decided on the basis of the best playing record (essentially points gained as a percentage of those possible in their league)

Level 5  Tonbridge Juddians v Barnstaple

Level 6  Salisbury v Thornbury

Level 7  Midsomer Norton v Aylesbury
Kingsbridge/Okehampton v Keynsham *(to be played 7th May 2016)

Level 8 Winscombe v Cirencester

Clubs involved will receive full details and a match card in the next few days.


24 Apr 16

Withycombe prepare for Twickenham final

Withycombe, last season's beaten Senior Vase semi finalists, have put the disappointment behind them and reached this year's Twickenham Final.

After booking their place on Easter Saturday they have had to wait a fortnight to learn who they will face on the 7th May. Their opponents will be West Leeds, who beat the Midland's representatives Oundle 31-23 away from home.

West Leeds are involved in a promotion battle in their league, Yorkshire Division Two, and currently head the table by 14 points and need seven points from their last three games to clinch the championship. The Senior Vase final will kick off at 1pm.

Sadly the South West's other representatives in the RFU Cups, Matson and Widden Old Boys, were both knocked out in the National Semi Finals.


09 Apr 16

Rain, Rain

Since the weekend before Christmas over 200 games have been postponed due to the weather, some more than once.

The Western part of the South West Leagues has been worst affected and there are now 31 games scheduled for Easter Saturday, seven for Easter Monday and 14 on the last Saturday in April. Any further postponements involving clubs already playing on those days could well mean midweek fixtures being required.

In addition the South West MAY have to prioritise fixtures and schedule those involving promotion and relegation ahead of other matches.

Clubs who have been affected by the weather are encouraged to look at their remaining fixtures and see if any can be played midweek to free up Saturday dates for matches that involve more travelling for either team. If a game is to be moved to a midweek date, both clubs should email their agreement to the Admin Office and the details will be updated.


07 Feb 16

Postponed Games - 06 Feb 16

LeagueHome TeamvAway TeamNew Date
BBO2Buckingham IIvHigh Wycombe II27-Feb-16
BBO4NBuckingham IIIvAbingdon II27-Feb-16
CDHaylevPlymouth Argaum26-Mar-16
CDNewquay HornetsvTavistock30-Apr-16
CDPirates AmateursvPaignton28-Mar-16
CO1Camborne S o MvSt Agnes13-Feb-16
DLTruro IIvSt Austell II12-Mar-16
DLWadebridge Camels IIvRedruth II20-Feb-16
DV1Old Plymothian & MannamedianvNorth Tawton12-Mar-16
DV1TotnesvSouth Molton26-Mar-16
DV2SalcombevPlympton Victoria27-Feb-16
DW1NCombe DownvRoyal Wootton Bassett II27-Feb-16
DW2NBath SaracensvCricklade12-Mar-16
DW2NBradford-on-Avon IIvWestbury27-Feb-16
DW3NWestbury IIvChippenham II27-Feb-16
GL1BrockworthvBredon Star26-Mar-16
GL1St Brendan's Old BoysvOld Richians27-Feb-16
GL2Bristol Aeroplane Co.vWestbury on Severn26-Mar-16
GL2Cotham ParkvRoss-on-Wye27-Feb-16
GL2KingswoodvSmiths Industries26-Mar-16
GL3TetburyvGloucester All Blues26-Mar-16
GPChipping SodburyvNorth Bristol09-Apr-16
GPFrampton CotterellvSt Marys Old Boys23-Apr-16
GPLonglevensvBristol Saracens12-Mar-16

Postponed Games - 30 Jan 16

LeagueHome TeamvAway TeamNew Date
BBO1Bracknell IIvAmersham & Chiltern II27-Feb-16
BBO3Bracknell IIIvGrove II06-Feb-16
BBO4NBuckingham IIIvAbingdon II06-Feb-16
CDNewquay HornetsvBude27-Feb-16
CDPaigntonvPlymstock Albion Oaks30-Apr-16
CDPirates AmateursvPlymouth Argaum30-Apr-16
CDTavistockvSt Ives12-Mar-16
DLNewquay Hornets IIvTruro II20-Feb-16
DV1Old Plymothian & MannamedianvNorth Tawton06-Feb-16
DV1TotnesvTamar Saracens12-Mar-16
DV2Plympton VictoriavDevonport HSOB12-Mar-16
DW1SEast DorsetvSalisbury II27-Feb-16
DW1SWarminstervWimborne II27-Feb-16
DW3SBournemouth IVvOakmeadians II27-Feb-16
DW3SLytchett Minster IIvSalisbury III06-Feb-16
DW3SNew Milton IIIvDorset Dockers II06-Feb-16
DW3SWimborne IIIvDinton27-Feb-16
GL1Bredon StarvGloucester Old Boys12-Mar-16
GL2Ashley Down Old BoysvBristol Aeroplanes27-Feb-16
GL3Gloucester All BluesvWotton12-Mar-16
GPChipping SodburyvBerry Hill27-Feb-16
N3SWLydneyvOld Centralians26-Mar-16
N3SWOld PatesiansvOld Redcliffians26-Mar-16
SCSDorset DockersvNorth Dorset27-Feb-16
SO1Wellington IIvChard II30-Apr-16
SO2SMinehead Barbarians IIvCheddar Valley28-Mar-16
SO2SWinscombe IIvTor II30-Apr-16

Postponed Games - 23 Jan 16

LeagueHome TeamvAway TeamNew Date
DLRedruth IIvTruro II13-Feb-16
DV2Devonport HSOBvTorrington27-Feb-16
DV2SalcombevPlympton Victoria06-Feb-16
GL1St Brendan's Old BoysvOld Richians06-Feb-16
GPCirencestervCheltenham Saracens12-Mar-16
GPSt Mary's Old Boys (SW)vBristol Saracens16-Apr-16
N3SWOld CentraliansvOld Redcliffians12-Mar-16
SO1Bristol BarbariansvCastle Cary26-Mar-16
SO1Clevedon IIvWyvern30-Apr-16
SO3SWells IIIvYatton III27-Feb-16
SO3SWyvern IIvChard III27-Feb-16
SPSt Bernadettes Old BoysvHornets II12-Mar-16

Postponed Games - 16 Jan 16

LeagueHome TeamvAway TeamNew Date
BBO2Buckingham IIvHigh Wycombe II06-Feb-16
BBO3Bracknell IIIvRedingensians IV27-Feb-16
CDNewquay HornetsvPirates Amateurs26-Mar-16
DV1St Columba & TorpointvTotnes27-Feb-16
DW3NSupermarine IIvWestbury II12-Mar-16
GL1Bredon StarvBishopston27-Feb-16
GL3Gloucester All BluesvNorton27-Feb-16
SCSDorset DockersvMarlborough06-Feb-16
SO1WyvernvChard II26-Mar-16
SO2NImperial IIvNailsea & Backwell II30-Apr-16
SO2SMinehead Barbarians IIvMartock30-Apr-16
SO3NMidsomer Norton IVvWhitehall II27-Feb-16
SO3SWyvern IIvWells III13-Feb-16
SPSt Bernadettes Old BoysvOld Redcliffians II27-Feb-16

RFU Cups - squad sizes

Teams playing in the RFU Cup competitions have to have FIVE players capable of playing in the front row in a match squad of 22 players. Three in the starting XV and two others that might be called on should any of the original front row get injured or require to be replaced.

We appreciate that the match result card supplied by the RFU has only space for four replacements, the names of the other three replacements can be included elsewhere on the card.

30 Dec 15

Mike Gee presented with his BEM

Accompanied by family and friends, South West League Co-ordinating Secretary Mike Gee has been presented with his British Empire Medal in a ceremony in Truro.

Mike was one of six from Cornwall who received their awards from the Lord-Lieutenant of the county Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE, himself a keen supporter of the Cornish Pirates.

In the citation read out prior to Mike receiving his medal, his contribution to rugby for over half a century at club, county, regional and national level was outlined and met with warm applause.

As well as receiving the award, Mike and his wife Louise, will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace next summer.

06 Sep 15