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London Welsh Rugby Club Newsletter
 
  • 1st XV ODP home game v. KCS Old Boys 23rd October - book your Match Day Experience Lunch
  • LW 1st XV v KCS Old Boys - match preview
  • A mega weekend of LW rugby - 1st XV, Druids, Dragons and U16 Boys prevail and the very first U15 match for the girls
  • LW U15 girls debut in National Cup - match review
  • LW WW1 War Memorial unveiling - update on arrangements
  • Autumn Internationals - travel must be booked this week
  • Spare Autumn International tickets - Wales v. South Africa, Fiji and Australia

London Welsh v. KCS Old Boys - book your Match Day Experience
 
The next 1st XV home game at ODP is on 23rd October against KCS Old Boys.  Lunches for the Match Day Experience can be bought here.

This is a Patron's offer lunch so Patrons can use their two free tickets included with your package should you wish.

London Welsh are welcoming a special guest this week, Chris Jones, BBC rugby correspondent and ex Sale Sharks, Worcester Warriors and Yorkshire Carnegie player, and there is musical entertainment provided by the wonderful Maisie Johnson.

If this wasn't enough of a Match Day Experience, there's also the chance to win tickets for the Autumn Internationals.

The menu for the day is:

Veggie Goulash with jacket potato or
Roasted duck leg with gratinated potato and veal jus or
Cajun and garlic pork chops with rice and mushroom creamy sauce

followed by chocolate brownie trifle.

Match preview - LW 1st XV v. KCS Old Boys

London Welsh offer a very warm welcome to KCS Old Boys, for Round 7 of the league season this Saturday.  KCS start the week in fifth place with four wins and two losses and have secured further league points for scoring four tries in two of their games.  For the full match preview, see the link below.

Kick off on Saturday is at 3pm.  The Club bars open from 10am with hot food available, and the Match Day Experience Lunch starts at 12.45 – admission to the game remains free!
 
KCS Old Boys match preview

A mega weekend of rugby - Welsh domination and debut!

Last weekend was packed full of action for London Welsh, with wins for the 1st XV against Camberley in a closely fought and tense match throughout, and impressive wins for both the Druids and the Dragons.  Also included in the action were LW Women, LW U16 Boys, and a debut Cup appearance for our promising U16 Girls!

Results roundup:
  • 1st XV  27 - Camberley 19
  • Druids 60 - HAC 2nd XV 7
  • Dragons 40 - London Japanese 1st XV 5
  • LW Women 0 – Battersea Ironsides Ladies 60
  • U16 Boys 34 – Sale 31
  • U15 Girls 0 – Fullerians 58
Read the full Camberley match report via the link below!
 
LW 1st XV v. Camberley match report

London Welsh U15s Girls debut in National Cup game
 

On Sunday 17th October, the U15s Girls ran out for London Welsh for their first ever game of full-contact XVs – starting strong in their rugby careers with a National Cup game.  London Welsh U15s are the only girls’ team from Middlesex to have qualified for the competition, which is contested by 64 clubs. 

Co-Captains Martha and Georgie led the team out onto the pitch against Fullerians U15s to play in front of a full crowd of supporters from both clubs.  In a tough game, the girls were able to demonstrate some of their strong tackling skills and consistently held a secure defensive line against the opposition.  The players impressed the spectating crowds with robust competitive scrums, clean line-out throw-ins and some excellent ball-carries - covering vast distances from the 5-metre line to the opposition 22.  After planting some sharp, accurate kicks off the whistle, the girls frequently took possession of the ball to showcase their handling skills and send clear-cut passes down their attacking line.

Fullerians U15s came out fighting and walked away with a win.  Despite the significant lead gained by Fullerians, the London Welsh girls played with grit and tenacity, asserting their place on the field, and requesting to play the full game without any change or modification.  Both teams fought hard and gave each other the opportunity to play some forceful and dynamic rugby.

Senior Women’ XVs player Ali Smith who spectated from the side-lines commented, "The game was great to watch – the girls definitely have that London Welsh spirit and gave 100% to the very end".

The girls will play in pool matches, followed by a straight knockout for the National Cup.  The next game for the London Welsh U15 Girls will be on the 21st November at Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club.

"I was nervous about playing a game with little experience, but I came off the pitch bubbling with excitement" one player said, "The coaches are inspiring and hugely motivational".

More than 30 girls train at London Welsh each week, with a mixture of both experienced and novice players to the sport.  London Welsh Girls continue to welcome new players to training every week. All secondary school aged girls can join London Welsh, along with any girl in year 6 and above who wants to play rugby.  Training takes place every Sunday at 11am outside the Club house at Old Deer Park.  We take players of all abilities and experience – rugby is for everyone, regardless of size, shape, fitness and ability. We want to give everyone the opportunity to discover the joy of rugby.

You can contact the team by following @LWGirlsRFC on Twitter or emailing us at LWWRFC@londonwelshrfc.co.uk
 


WW1 memorial unveiling at Old Deer Park

At the London Welsh Armistice Memorial Service held in November 2019, it was brought to the attention of the Club that many London Welsh players from the 1913/14 season who enlisted in the British Army sadly lost their lives in the First World War.

It was decided that a plaque be created to remember their brave sacrifice, which, although delayed by the pandemic, has now been installed outside the Clubhouse, made possible in no small part by the generous donations from our members funding the engraving on the plaque.  The formal unveiling of the memorial will be held on 6th November, prior to the match against Medway RFC. 

The event will be attended by Dr Julian Lewis MP, a military historian and the Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, and the Mayor of Richmond.  Also, in attendance will be the LW Choir and the Welsh Guards.

The event will start at 12 noon, further updates will be published in due course - we hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us for this important and historic event.

 

Autumn Internationals travel to Cardiff - book this week

Any LW supporters planning to travel to Cardiff for the Autumn Internationals, please note that that your tickets must be booked this week.

For more information and the link to book, please click here.

 

Autumn Internationals - spare tickets available

We have a small amount of tickets available for this year's Autumn Internationals at Cardiff i.e.:
  • Two £65 tickets for the Wales match against South Africa on 6th November
  • Two £25 tickets for the Wales match against Fiji on 14th November
  • Two £35 tickets for the Wales match against Fiji on 14th November
  • Four £75 tickets for the Wales match against Australia on 20th November
If you are interested, please email our International Ticket Secretary, Dave Godwyn at  intticketsec@londonwelshrfc.co.uk
 
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