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Cambridge Rugby Shield

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13
Oct 16

This Saturday Volac Park welcomes Macclesfield. With both sides finding themselves at the wrong end of the league, it is a crunch match for both sides.

Macclesfield, the prosperous Cheshire town home of the English sillk industry; of Hovis; and of the beat combos Joy Division and the Macc Lads, sits at the foot of Alderley Edge.

From the East you approach on on of the two passes  "The Cat and Fiddle" to Buxton or "The Highwayman" to Chapel le Firth. Both of course named after prominent pubs and both beloved of bikers for the scenery and the long sequence corners. However, because of this both are amongst the most lethal roads in England.

Macclesfield have visited Cambridge on three occasions in National 1. All three games could well be described as the rapier against the bludgeon. Despite the towns mills, the Blood and Sand offered the more free flowing silky skills, while Macclesfield brought a tough pack and hard running centres.

The first in 2010 was the time their coach described the Cambridge team as "playing like schoolboys". Macclesfield were three tries to two up at half time. Unfortunately for him the schoolboys opened up in the second half with five tries to the visitors two.

They made up for it on their next two visits winning each narrowly. But even doing the double over Cambridge was not enough to keep them in National 1 and they were relegated in the same season as Cambridge. Like Cambridge they have regrouped and they won last season comfortably won the Northern League.

The presence of the 16th man does lift the Blood and Sand. So do come down and add your voice. 

 

13
May 16

Strength and Conditioning Internship at Cambridge Rugby Union Club for Season 2016/17

After a very successful season Cambridge RUFC are ready to embark on a competitive campaign in National 1. We are currently well underway in developing an exciting club structure which aims to provide unrivalled coaching and support for our entire playing membership from First Team/ Development squads right the way through to our thriving Mini and Youth teams. Last season we once again helped to develop players who attained International honours and also helped to enhance player’s abilities as they took the next step upon their rugby careers and move on up the rugby pyramid.

You will be a fully integrated member of our S&C team for our pre-season preparations helping to deliver our programme to our dedicated and ambitious players from youth to senior rugby for the entire campaign.

The internship will be a great learning experience if you:

  • Have a passion for strength and conditioning
  • Are enthusiastic and a highly motivated individual
  • Are currently undertaking or have completed a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science/ Strength & Conditioning
  • Aspire to complete UKSCA accreditation and are excited to develop your career in S&C
  • Can confidently communicate effectively with large groups
  • Possess sound knowledge of strength and conditioning fundamentals and practice
  • Strive to maintain a professional approach to all aspects of work: punctual, reliable and diligent
  • Have acquired IT skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office, specifically adept with MS Excel

You will assist the S&C team and gain a broad range of experience in delivering, monitoring and organising a diverse support programme along with fitness evaluations to national league standard players and lay the foundations of athletic development to our stars of the future.

This experience will tick many boxes towards your future development and we are committed in supporting you on your journey.

Voluntary Hours Required 8 –12 hours per week to be spread across (but not every) evenings and weekends.

Please send your CV and a brief description of why you want a career in strength and conditioning to Ben Fitches at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Closing date: Friday 27th May 2016

Please note only successful applicants will be contacted and invited to interview.

Duration: 25th June 2016 – May 2017
Location: Cambridge RUFC, Grantchester Rd, Cambridge, CB3 9ED and/ or at a location in Northampton

24
Jun 15

We are excited to announce these new signings this week as we begin pre-season training for the 2015-16 season.

Dan Seal (35, prop, from Bedford Blues), Sisa Naqasima (31, prop, from Shelford), George Bretag-Norris (23, second row, from Bury St Edmunds), Jack Harvey (23, scrum half, from London Irish Wild Geese), and Gerhard Wessels (34, centre/fullback, from Shelford) have already been added to the squad and today Director of Rugby Rowland Winter has announced that a further set of players have joined the 1st XV.

James Ingle, 25, back row, unattached. Ingle has Premiership and European Cup experience with Northampton Saints. He also spent time with Moseley and at Cambridge whilst on dual registration in his Academy years and went on to play at Loughborough University whilst studying a Sports Science degree.

David Coutts, 21, prop, joins from Chinnor. A former England Counties U20 tight head, Coutts picked up experience with Esher and Dorking before joining Chinnor last season.

Oli Petrides, 21, wing, joins from Durham University. Comfortable across the back line, Petrides has played for Northampton Saints Academy before having spells with Yorkshire Carnegie whilst at University.

Saad Sait, 24, hooker/prop, joins from Peterborough Lions. A former Midlands U20 player, Sait also played for the Steele Bodger XV v Cambridge University last season.

Luc Jeannot, 18, prop, joins from Northampton Saints Academy. A St Joseph's College graduate, Jeannot started week in week out in the successful Premiership U18 League for Saints.

More players are in the process of signing at present and we will announce those next week.

Meanwhile, a number of homegrown players have progressed from the Club's U18 set up. Sam Walker (prop), Calum Cleaver (hooker), Hugo Chambre (back row), Luca Williams (back row), Felix Rathbone (wing), Sam Hirons (Fullback), have graduated from the Academy Colts U18 into the Development Squad for the pre-season period, plus a few of the current U18s will be training with the senior sides over the summer as well.

09
Jun 15

2015-16 Kit Sponsors

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CRUFC would like to thank our kit sponsors for next season

Carter Jonas Hill Residential Syngenta MLM
Dernford Holdings Munro Thales Cumberlows
Harvest Installations Savills Volac
11
May 15

Players and supporters joined together on Friday to have a highly enjoyable celebration of the season.

Player of the Season Award winners were:

  • Wanderers/Exiles Senior: Dave Dexter
  • Wanderers/Exiles Young: James Peach

  • 1st XV Supporters Vote: Martin Wolfenden
  • 1st XV Most Appearances: Albert Portsmouth
  • 1st XV Young Player: Matthew Worrel-Clare
  • 1st XV Players Player: Albert Portsmouth
  • 1st XV Skippers Award: Ollie Marriott

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  • Cambridge News Award: James Stokes
  • BBC Radio Cambs Award: James Stokes / Ean Griffiths
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JJ was also given a signed and framed 1st XV shirt as a thank-you for his 3 years of service as Chairman

 

03
May 15

Job title: Assistant Physiotherapist

Salary: To be discussed at interview.

Closing date: 22/05/2015

Contract type: Fixed Term (Part time)

Description:

This is an exciting opportunity for a Physiotherapist to join the medical department at Cambridge Rugby.

The successful applicant will report to the Director of Rugby and will assist the Head Physiotherapist in providing Sports Physiotherapy to the 1st XV and 2nd XV and assisting in developing this service.

The Assistant Physiotherapist will assist the Head Physiotherapist in coordinating and implementing the medical plan and Sports Physiotherapy service provision at training and 1st XV matches as agreed. This will cover medical, rehabilitation, injury prevention and specialised duties as required.

This role will require a flexible approach to working hours and involves evening and weekend working. Regular in-service training and external CPD funding will be provided as will mentoring and regular appraisal.

Essential:

  • Be available for Tuesday and Thursday training sessions approx. 5.30-8.15pm, and every Saturday for home and away 1st XV games.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and manage the players, other members of staff to maintain the professionalism of the medical team.
  • UK Driving license.
  • Successfully provide diagnosis and oversee treatment and rehabilitation.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of the unique demands of semi-professional rugby.
  • A desire to work in high performance sport, work hard and improve professionally as a physiotherapist.
  • Working towards a BSc (Hons) or MSc Physiotherapy qualification or similar.

How to apply:

Please send a CV with a covering letter to Rowland Winter (Director of Rugby) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Please note that only candidates invited for Interview will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within 7 days of the closing date, I am afraid you have been unsuccessful with your application.

03
May 15

Job title: Head Physiotherapist

Salary: To be discussed at interview.

Closing date: 22/05/2015

Contract type: Fixed Term (Part time)

Description:

This is an exciting opportunity for a Head Physiotherapist to join the medical department at Cambridge Rugby.

The successful applicant will report to the Director of Rugby and will be responsible for the provision of Sports Physiotherapy to the 1st XV and 2nd XV and assisting in developing this service.

The Head Physiotherapist will be responsible for coordinating and implementing the medical plan and Sports Physiotherapy service provision at training and 1st XV matches as agreed. This will cover medical, rehabilitation, injury prevention and specialised duties as required.

This role will require a flexible approach to working hours and involves evening and weekend working. Regular in-service training and external CPD funding will be provided as will mentoring and regular appraisal.

Essential:

  • Be available for Tuesday and Thursday training sessions approx. 5.30-8.15pm, and every Saturday for home and away 1st XV games.
  • BSc (Hons) or MSc Physiotherapy qualification, be a Chartered Physiotherapist registered with the HPC, and be a Member of the CSP.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and manage the players, other members of staff to maintain the professionalism of the medical team.
  • UK Driving license.
  • Successfully provide diagnosis and oversee treatment and rehabilitation.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of the unique demands of semi-professional rugby.
  • A desire to work in high performance sport, work hard and improve professionally as a physiotherapist.

How to apply:

Please send a CV with a covering letter to Rowland Winter (Director of Rugby) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Please note that only candidates invited for Interview will be contacted.

If you have not been contacted within 7 days of the closing date, I am afraid you have been unsuccessful with your application.

23
Jan 15

Squad building for 2015/16

We are pleased to announce that 9 Players have put pen to paper and re-signed for the 2015/16 season.

Stefan Liebenberg, Steve Hipwell, Martin Wolfenden, Ross Kevan, Jack Green, Albert Portsmouth, James Stokes, Matthew Worrall-Clare and Mike Gillick have all committed to another season, with more set to sign next week.

Director of Rugby, Rowland Winter, says "We aim to retain all of our current squad so we can build stability and consistency heading towards next season. We are delighted that these players recognise that the club is moving forward and developing. They are a vital part of our plans to progress and a real statement of intent for the club to build on the strong foundations built over the last two seasons."

The Blood & Sand have also added a few new faces to the current squad over the last month, here is some background on our new additions.

  • Matt Howling - (Back Row) Matt arrived in the UK at Christmas from New Zealand. He is 22 and plays in the back row. Matt has played ITM Cup rugby for North Harbour and represented Tonga U20 at the Junior RWC 2011.
  • Tom Ellis - (Back Row) Tom, 22, has played for Bath Rugby in the A League whilst studying Sports Science at Bath University. He joins, via a short spell playing in America, from Jersey RFC.
  • Jim Wigglesworth - (Fullback/Wing) Jim, 21, joined Cambridge in 2013/14 and after an impressive season including an England Counties call up was snapped up by Bedford. Jim has rejoined on a short term loan deal to pick up extra game time.
  • Tom Whiteley - (Scrum Half) Tom, 19, joins on dual-registration from Saracens. He was part of this season's A League winning side alongside Blood & Sand regular Kennet O'Neill.
  • James Fish - (Hooker) James, 19, joins on dual-registration from Northampton Saints. James is part of the England U20 squad.
22
Jan 15

Twelve Cambridge Selections for U20s Representation

Proving the future is indeed bright for Blood and Sand, 9 players have been selected to represent Eastern Counties U20s in their upcoming fixture against North Midlands this Sunday.  And 3 of our players are representing Hertfordshire U20s

Congratulations and good luck go to:

  • Jack Pilditch
  • Patrick Marmion
  • Rob Smith
  • Ben Penfold
  • Austin Beckett
  • Ryan Headington
  • Zak Evans
  • Hugo Chambre
  • Kayode Awobowale
    (Eastern Counties)

  • Kennet O'Neill
  • George Elliott
  • Charles Woollard
    (Herfordshire)

The Eastern Counties fixture kicks off at 2.15 at the Davey Field, Shelford.

Special mention should also go out to Luca Williams who has been selected from the Eastern Counties U18s team to represent London & South East U18s at the next level. Luca is now training with our senior squad.

 

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