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Cambridge Rugby Shield


Feb 14

Home grown talent bolsters 1st XV & Development squad

Euan Dingwall (flanker), Ryan Headington (centre) Rob Smith (scrum half), Olly Venni (halfback), Patrick Marmion (back row), have all made the step up from the U18's to train and play with our Development side.

Over the last month they have been joined by new 1st XV recruits Grant Lowe (hooker - Upminster), Seb Clark (back row - Loughborough Uni), Simon Johnson (back row - South Leicester), Alex Leo (number 8 - Barking), John Semple (Centre - Hawkes Bay, NZ), Charlie Mayou (Wing - Unattached), and Mike Stanway (Wing - Old Albanians).

Rowland Winter, DOR, states, "It is important to keep growing & developing the 1st XV squad and all the senior sides of the club, we are rapidly growing as a club and we have now seen over 60 new players join our adult playing sides this season."

"To be able to add to the 1st XV & Development squad with talent that has come through the mini & youth age groups is a great credit to the coaches that have put in the hard work to develop these players on Sunday mornings."

Mike Stanway and Grant Lowe have already made their 1st XV debut, and new centre John Semple is in line to make his this weekend.

See the complete squad here

Dec 13

Team to Face Shelford Nomads

1 Curtis Weaver
2 James Palmer (capt.)
3 Calum Miller
4 Gareth Baxter
5 Will Fell
6 Louis Rawlings
7 Euan Dingwall
8 Conor Gracey
9 Tom Dougherty
10 James Stokes
11 Seb Howarth
12 Jordan Husband
13 Chris Talanoa
14 Dan Brotherton
15 Del Veenendaal
16 Malik Mustapha
17 Grant Lowe
18 Seb Clarke
19 Liam St John
20 Rob Smith
21 Mike Brennan
22 Tom Wells


Nov 13

Diggin added to Blood & Sand for visit of Exmouth

Paul Diggin, who is the longest serving member of the 1st team squad at Saints, following 10 years of Premiership and European rugby, will add invaluable experience to the Cambridge back line for this Saturday.

Rowland adds - "Digger will add experience, he has played with and against the best players in the Premiership & Europe in 100+ games for Saints. We see him playing a leading role in our midfield but he is also comfortable right across the backline at our level. To have a player of his quality in the team, still only 28, is exciting for us and we hope the Volac Park crowd will help to welcome Digger to Cambridge this Saturday, and support him in his testimonial year for Saints."

With injuries to Albert Portsmouth & James Ayrton keeping the centre pair out for this weekend, a back line reshuffle sees Mike Gillick move in to midfield, and Diggin coming straight in at 15 for the visit of 16th placed Exmouth.

Fresh from playing in a winning Saints side in the A-League semi final on Monday night, Diggin is looking forward to his first start at Volac Park. "I've followed the results through Rowland, and it looks like an exciting season. He mentioned he was looking to add some experience to his back line, and it was an opportunity for me to get some regular game time whilst continuing my player / coach role with Saints."

Nov 13

Blood and Sand Steele Bodgers

BodgersWe are delighted to announce that Ean Griffiths, Gareth Baxter and Louis Rawlings have been selected to represent Steele Bodgers in prestigous match against Cambridge University.  They will play alongside former Cambridge players Stef Liebenberg, Chris Lombard, former player / coach James Shanahan and a wealth of other talent.

Nov 13

Eight tries for, five against....... and still in third place behind Ampthill on points’ difference. Listen here to Rowland Winter’s post-match assessment with Jacko......

Nov 13

Undone in a bewildering second half, Cambridge dropped one place to third in National Two South, with a points difference of -39 between the Blood & Sand and near-neighbours Ampthill. Coach Craig Newby spoke with Jacko afterwards... Hear what he said below

Nov 13

Hemingway adds class to Cambridge

The 24-year-old former Leicester Tiger, who has moved to Volac Park in a bid to return to full match fitness, can play in a number of positions, but with Steve Hipwell out long-term with a shoulder injury, Joe Collingham now travelling, Dan will start at No8 v Chinnor tomorrow.

Hemingway joined Leicester academy in 2006 and made his first-team debut in the 2008/09 season before going on loan for two seasons with dual registration with Nottingham. He moved to Leeds Carnegie on a two-year contract at the start of the 2011/12 season.

Rowland says, "Dan played alongside Newbs at Tigers, and through that link he has seen Cambridge as a real platform to help him return to the higher leagues. He has trained over the last few weeks and is now set to start at 8, tomorrow v Chinnor."

Newbs says, "Dan adds real class and experience to the pack, and will be great mentor for our younger players. We have shown this week, with Ben Brownlie being loaned to Nottingham, that Cambridge Rugby is now recognised as a club that develops players and pushes them on to the championship and beyond. Dan will play for us and more than likely attract attention from Championship clubs and we are happy to support that."

Sep 13

We are delighted to announce a new signing in Dan Brotherton who debuted with a try in the Development match mid week and who starts for the Blood & Sand this weekend against Canterbury.

Dan, who joins from RL Super League side Salford City Reds, is a 21 year old wing who stands at 6ft 5.

Dan has crossed codes following spells with Wakefield and St Helens, and his Union background includes representative rugby with Northampton Saints Academy and hte Midlands U20 side coached by Rowland that also included Dan's new Cambridge team mates Ross Kevan, James Stokes, De la Rey Veenendal and Jim Wigglesworth.

Rowland says, "Dan is a great asset and brings a different dimension to our back line with his combination of size & speed. He has a big personality & doesn't lack confidence and I am looking forward to seeing him entertaining the Volac Park faithful"

Sep 13

The Cambridge Development team came away with an impressive 22 - 15 win over an always strong Bedford Blues academy side.

Read the Bedford report of the match here


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