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2nd November 2019

Following yesterday’s postponements and England’s success in reaching the Rugby World Cup final next Saturday, the South West has decided none of the postponed games will be re-scheduled for the 2nd November.

GMS has been updated with the next available date AFTER the 2nd.

If, for any reason, BOTH clubs wish to play next weekend (either on the Friday night, Saturday or Sunday) they are welcome to do so however. Both teams should confirm their agreement by emailing not later than Tuesday evening (29th October) so the necessary arrangements can be made.

27 Oct 19

Walkovers and Postponements - Match Cards

A reminder - if your game is postponed or a walkover you should NOT complete the Electronic Match Card (EMC) but follow the provisions of SW Admin Instruction 5

5. Reporting of Postponed, Cancelled or Abandoned Matches

5.1 Both Clubs shall report the postponement or abandonment to its League Secretary as soon as possible giving full reasons, and in the case of an abandonment, the score and the time elapsed in the game before it was abandoned.

5.2 Separately and additionally, the home Club shall notify the Admin Office before kick off of any cancellation (including walkovers), postponement or abandonment of a match on the day it occurs and if it is cancelled by 2pm the day of the match by 3.30pm. This notification should be by email (, telephone (01822 678 007) or SMS text message (07797 800 102) NOT the electronic match card.

The simple rule - if the game doesn't start (or is played as a friendly) - don't use the card.

22 Sep 19

Electronic Match Cards - 2019-2020

This season electronic match cards are being extended to level 9 and below.  For those who were not able to attend the training sessions earlier this month you can view the slideshow here or as a series of PDFs here.  This will give you a valuable insight into how to complete your match card.

A reminder if you are having problems submitting the score by the deadline of 5pm on a Saturday via the card you can telephone the result (including the number of tries for both teams) to 01822 678 007 or by text to 07797 800 102.  This then covers your first responsibility and gives time to sort out the problems before submitting the final card with the team line-ups by the 11:59pm Monday deadline.

14 Aug 19

Electronic Match Card training

After a successful rollout to Level 8 of the Men’s game and its introduction into the women’s game, Electronic Match Cards (EMCs) will now be rolled out to Level 12 in the men’s game and Level 6 in the women’s game.

In support of this we will be running training sessions across the country to help teams become more confident using the system as MCAs.

The dates and locations for the training sessions are below.:

30th July – Blaydon & Launceston

31st July – Wetherby & Salisbury

1st August – Wigan & North Bristol

6th August – Silhillians & Cambridge

7th August – Wellingborough & Tunbridge Wells

8th August – Newark & Twickenham

All sessions will be a 6:30pm meet for 7pm start until around 9pm.

Priority will be given to those from a men’s level 9 or below team and all women’s team. However if there is space then we will accommodate attendees from other clubs, whether they are new MCAs or wish to have a refresher.

Signup Details: Please fill in the sign-up form here.

Please be aware that there will not be a confirmation email upon completion.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact


2019-2020 Fixtures released

Fixtures for the 2019-2020 season have been posted to the nominated league contact of every team taking part in the competition. They can also be viewed here. The newsletter which accompanied them is available here.

Clubs now have a number of tasks

  • Confirm their nominated league contact - this should have been done by 1st July 2019. Go here.
  • Decide if they want to move or reverse any fixtures. This must be done by mutual consent with your opponents. Both clubs need to complete the online form here. (Please note the instructions at the top of that page if you are reversing the venues of games.)
  • If playing in leagues of 12 or less decide if you want to apply for a free weekend. The form (and details of what you can apply for) is here. Every weekend between the start of the season and the end of April (except one week at Christmas) is available for re-arranged matches - it is only a free weekend if you have successfully applied for it.

17 Jun 19

Season 2019-2020 Fixture update 2

We have this morning been informed we can start initial work on the fixtures for next season.

There are still some loose ends to be tied up but by making a start now we should be in a position to publish the fixtures in the next 14 days if all goes to plan.

The SW apologies for the ongoing delay, albeit outside our control.

05 Jun 19

Retirement for two SW Officials

The May meeting of the SW Competitons marked the retirement of two League Officials.

Shane Aldridge has been the SW Treasurer for seven years and has been responsible for distributing the sponsorship received from St Austell and Wadworth Breweries to clubs and constituent bodies as well as receiving payments from teams.  His successor will be John Constable who will take up his role on 1st July 2019.

Roy Mears has been a league secretary for five years in Berks, Bucks and Oxon.  He is standing down ue to other commitments but has helped shape the leagues to accomodate second and third teams at the lower levels.

Both received presentatations from League Chairman, Dave McAteer.

19 May 19

Cornwall winners - 2018-2019

The annual Cornwall Presentation Evening was held at St Austell Brewery on Friday 17th May - the home of sponsors Tribute.

The trophies were presented by Cornwall RFU President Peter James, Cornwall League Secretary Denis Preece and Philippa Skinner of St Austell Brewery.

Tribute Cornwall Two - St Agnes 

Tribute Cornwall One - Veor

Tribute Cornwall/Devon League - Penryn

There was also the Tribute You've Earned It award which is presented annually to a club who has battled through adversity and kept soldiering on despite not always getting the results on the pitch.  The 2018-19 winner is Redruth Albany.

19 May 19

Season 2019-2020 Fixture update

Owing to issues with level transfers into SW Premier and Southern Counties North it has not been possible to make a start on producing the fixtures for next season as early as we had hoped.

Until the level transfers have been resolved the SW is not able to confirm the make-up of almost all the leagues in the South West.

At the moment we do not have an estimate on when we will be able to start but will update this page with more information as soon as it becomes available.

16 May 19

Somerset Tribute Presentation Evening

Clubs and officials from across Somerset came to Weston-super-Mare RFC on Thursday 9th May 2019 to celebrate the successful league clubs within the county at the end of the 2018-2019 season.

The presentations were made by Marc Bishop of sponsors St Austell Brewery, brewers of Tribute and Somerset RFU President Mark Hawkes.

Tribute Western Counties North - Chew Valley

Tribute Somerset Premier - Wiveliscombe

Tribute Somerset One - Tor

Tribute Somerset Two South - Taunton III

Tribute Somerset Three South - Tor II

Midsomer Norton II won Tribute Somerset Two North while Clevedon II lifted Somerset Three North but were not present on the evening.

Tor celebrated a hat-trick of wins on the night by also receiving the Tribute "You've Earned It" award.  Their first team ended the season as they won promotion, the seconds were also promoted having only lost once. There have also been successes at mini and junior level.

10 May 19