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First XV

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01 Jun 2018

Bruce Millar

Director of Rugby

2018/19 Preview

Although we fought manfully in the last few months of the season, so did our near rivals. Therefore, after an unfortunate season where injuries caused havoc in the 1st team squad, we find ourselves in National 2 South for next seasons campaign.

There is still a great spirit in the squad and our intentions are to bounce straight back into National 1. Although not ideal, having had to use 72 players over last years campaign has left us with a deep reservoir of players with some National 1 experience. This experience coupled with new signings and a strong coaching team leaves us both eager and excited for the challenges to come.

Unfortunately, we say goodbye to some players that are leaving for pastures new We wish them well. We also give a big thanks to Mark Langley for providing his forward coaching expertise over many seasons – the golf course will be seeing a lot more of him.

Likewise to Team Manager Jamie Simpson, whose efforts over the years from Juniors to the First Team have been outstanding.

Coaching/Managment Team – 2018/19
Bruce Millar – DoR
Head Coach – Gavin Hogg
Forwards/Defence Coach – James Buckland
Skills Coach – Alex Austerbury
Romans Coach – Tom Hadley
S&C – Leo James
Analyst – Ross Hamilton
First Team Squad Manager – Simon Atkinson/Mike Walker
Romans Manager – James Steventon
Lead Therapist – Jordan Harris

1st XV Captain – Ross Hamilton
1st XV Vice-Captain – Dan Watt

We are pleased to announce that James Buckland joins our coaching team, bringing with him a wealth of experience. A playing career as Hooker with Leicester/Wasps/Irish coupled with holding Head Coach positions at London Scottish and London Welsh means he will be a big asset to the development of players and the coaching team alike.

We aim to finalise the squad with a few more signings in the next couple of weeks which will be announced in due course. Any player of National League standard or ambitions to play at that level who is interested in joining the Club please get in touch.

1st XV Squad - 2018/19

Front Row: Locks: Backrow: Scrum Half: Inside Backs: Back Three:
Charlie Hughes Ross Hamilton (c) Chris West Morgan Thompson Tom Bednall Joe Bridger
Taylor Reed Tim Bond Hadley Eames Mark Evans Dan Watt (v/c) Daly Aremu
Grant Forest Chris Napier Reuben Prichard Ben Calder Gregg White Joe Hearle
Aaron Martinez Ashley Illston Harry Betts Tom Smith Ollie Brown
Mike Bond Jon Kpoku Alex Brown Tom Holdsworth Tosin Segun
Harry Morgan Jeff Fisher Matt Deane Alex Chalcroft
Zaki Chanmaoui Tobias Munday Charlie Watson Kieran O’Connor
Nick Cox
Jamie Townsend
Sam Crean

Looking forward to seeing you all at Woollams.

01 Jun 2017

Bruce Millar

Director of Rugby

A new season beckons

Our first season back in National one stretched our resources to the limit. A couple of major injuries in pre season started the theme and injuries continued to dog us throughout the season. We certainly knew we had a crisis when, in a number of games, four out of our 5 substitutes were front row forwards. Mind you they certainly acquitted themselves well whichever position they played.

Under the circumstances, the squad and coaches did exceptionally well to finish in 9th position. Although, as a group, we were disappointed not to have finished higher, as some very close games against the top sides, showed what we could achieve when performing well.

Sadly we said goodbye to Shanners and a large number of last seasons squad. Some to pastures new or onto university, others into retirement from the highly competitive National 1. Finding a new Head Coach and building a new squad has meant a very busy end to the season. However, we have secured an excellent coach in Gavin Hogg, whose approach and coaching ability is already meeting with great approval. Our new squad has slowly taken form and the fact that we have a large number of exciting new players will bring a fresh team dynamic and energy to the squad. This, I have no doubt will be complemented by more established team members, ensuring the OA ethos and traditions are upheld. I am both optimistic and excited for the coming season and look forward to your support.

  • Fixtures
  • Results
11/08/18
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Redingensians Tournament

Redingensians

12:00

First XV

18/08/18
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Pre-Season

Cardiff

15:00

First XV

23/08/18
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Pre-Season

First XV

20:00

Tring

01/09/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Guernsey

08/09/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Bury St Edmunds

15/09/18
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National League 2 South

Barnes

15:00

First XV

22/09/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Redingensians

29/09/18
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National League 2 South

Tonbridge Juddians

15:00

First XV

06/10/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Old Redcliffians

13/10/18
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National League 2 South

Dings Crusaders

15:00

First XV

20/10/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Taunton Titans

27/10/18
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National League 2 South

Worthing Radiers

15:00

First XV

03/11/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Redruth

17/11/18
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National League 2 South

Clifton

15:00

First XV

24/11/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Birmingham & Solihull

01/12/18
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National League 2 South

Canterbury

15:00

First XV

08/12/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

London Irish Amateur

15/12/18
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National League 2 South

Henley Hawks

15:00

First XV

22/12/18
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National League 2 South

Bury St Edmunds

15:00

First XV

05/01/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Barnes

12/01/19
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National League 2 South

Redingensians

15:00

First XV

19/01/19
|
National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Tonbridge Juddians

26/01/19
|
National League 2 South

Old Redcliffians

15:00

First XV

02/02/19
|
National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Dings Crusaders

09/02/19
|
National League 2 South

Taunton Titans

15:00

First XV

16/02/19
|
National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Worthing Radiers

02/03/19
|
National League 2 South

Redruth

15:00

First XV

09/03/19
|
National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Clifton

23/03/19
|
National League 2 South

Birmingham & Solihull

15:00

First XV

30/03/19
|
National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Canterbury

06/04/19
|
National League 2 South

London Irish Amateur

15:00

First XV

13/04/19
|
National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Henley Hawks

27/04/19
|
National League 2 South

Guernsey

15:00

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