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First XV

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03 Aug 2018

Gavin Hogg

1st XV Head Coach

1st XV Pre-Season Update

We have been delighted with how the first few weeks of pre-season have gone, with excellent quality and application in what we are challenging the players to take on board.  A fresh look to the coaching team has brought new ideas and the players have responded well in taking new information on board, retaining it and building on each session.  The strength and depth within the playing squad is good and we have been impressed with how quickly the new additions have settled into the squad and we feel there will be a real competition for places within the match day squad.  We have placed an importance in the whole senior squad working together and this should provide a platform for the Romans to have an enjoyable and successful season with movement between 1st team squad and Romans to reward players for performance.

Next week will see us commence our pre-season fixtures programme with us taking an extended squad to a 6 team tournament at Redingensians.  These games will provide an excellent opportunity for us to give all squad players an opportunity to show us what they are about and for us as coaches to try different combinations and to focus on key aspects of our performance which will take us into the rest of our pre-season schedule with further fixtures against Harpenden (14th Aug), Cardiff RFC (18th Aug) and finally Tring at Woolams (23rd Aug).

We are extremely excited to kick start our National League 2 South campaign with two homes games and would welcome a big vocal home support to kick off the new campaign in style against Guernsey on Sat 1st Sept, when we have all 4 Men's sides playing at home for the first time in many years!

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
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
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Tonbridge Juddians

26/01/19
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National League 2 South

Old Redcliffians

15:00

First XV

02/02/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Dings Crusaders

09/02/19
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National League 2 South

Taunton Titans

15:00

First XV

16/02/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Worthing Radiers

02/03/19
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National League 2 South

Redruth

15:00

First XV

09/03/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Clifton

23/03/19
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National League 2 South

Birmingham & Solihull

15:00

First XV

30/03/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Canterbury

06/04/19
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National League 2 South

London Irish Amateur

15:00

First XV

13/04/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

15:00

Henley Hawks

27/04/19
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National League 2 South

Guernsey

15:00

First XV

11/08/18
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Redingensians Tournament

Redingensians

0
0

First XV

18/08/18
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Pre-Season

Cardiff

42
8

First XV

23/08/18
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Pre-Season

First XV

43
24

Tring

01/09/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

59
5

Guernsey

08/09/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

27
39

Bury St Edmunds

15/09/18
|
National League 2 South

Barnes

24
33

First XV

22/09/18
|
National League 2 South

First XV

18
10

Redingensians

29/09/18
|
National League 2 South

Tonbridge Juddians

27
22

First XV

06/10/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

19
10

Old Redcliffians

13/10/18
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National League 2 South

Dings Crusaders

18
17

First XV

20/10/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

21
35

Taunton Titans

27/10/18
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National League 2 South

Worthing Radiers

16
21

First XV

03/11/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

27
10

Redruth

03 Nov 2018

Match Programme Online Now

Our Online Match Programme is now live.

26 Oct 2018

03/11/2018 - OA Sport Fireworks

On the 3rd November, Woollams will host the annual OA Sport Fireworks!

18 Oct 2018

18/10/2018 IHS Markit Sponsorship Renewed

Old Albanian RFC are delighted to confirm the extension of our relationship with IHS Markit as the club's main sponsor.

05 Sep 2018

Old Albanians Launch the OAs Academy

Over the last 10-15 years, OAs has risen up to the National Leagues, grown the junior section of the club to nearly 1,000 players a

04 Sep 2018

Join us for lunch ahead of Bury St Edmunds

After a 59-5 victory over newly promoted Guernsey, alongside a good showing in a tough triple-header vs Hemel Hempstead, we now mo

28 Aug 2018

Join us for the first league match of the season

Saturday 1st September sees Old Albanian’s 1st XV kick off their bid for an immediate return to National League One with a ho

03 Aug 2018

1st XV Pre-Season Update

We have been delighted with how the first few weeks of pre-season have gone, with excellent quality and application in what we are

15 Jun 2018

1st XV Squad for 2018/19

As we get ready for the start of pre-season we can now confirm the make up of our 1st XV Squad for 2018/19.

05 Jun 2018

OAs Squad prepared for National 2 Campaign

A tough year sees us starting the 2018/19 season in National League Two South, hoping to bounce straight back up...

04 May 2018

Congratulations to OAs 1st XV players

Six OA 1st XV players have been provisionally selected for Herts RFU squad for 2018 County Championship campaign matches v Kent 5th

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