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First XV

  • Team updates
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  • league

01 Sep 2022

James Osborn

Director of Rugby

Season Preview

We're back! Although it feels like we never left with preseason starting back in June, the league campaign is now upon us.

This season sees a major change to National League Two. Following a lengthy review process into the structure of the game in England, player welfare and competition a range of changes have been made this season. The main impact for Old Albanians is that National League Two has been split into three regions with 14 teams in each. Old Albanians has been placed into National League 2 East and will face; Barnes, Blackheath, Bury St Edmunds, Canterbury, Dorking, Guernsey, Henley, North Walsham, Rochford, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge Juddians, Westcliff, Worthing.

The coaching and management team has also had a shake up during the off season. The team for 2022/23 is as follows:
Director of Rugby - James Osborn
Head Coach - Dan George
Attack Coach - Gareth Hatherley-Hurford
Skills Coach - Greg Lound
Defence Coach - Mike Smith
Assistant Forwards Coach / Joint Romans Head Coach - Justin Coleman
Joint Romans Head Coach - Eddie Panting
1st XV Managers - Paul Adams & Simon Atkinson
Head of Medical - Jordan Harris
Lead Physiotherapist - Lucy Day
Sports Therapist - Zoe Burrows-Smith
Sports Therapist Intern - Megan De-Fransz

We've also been busy with player recruitment and retention and although a small number of players have retired or moved on, we're delighted that the majority of the squad has re-signed. We also welcome a number of new faces to the squad who will add a mixture of depth, quality and experience.

We're thrilled to announce that Ashley Illston has been made 1st XV Captain, with Elliot McPhun as Vice Captain. The full squad list is below:

Alex Noot
Alex Ricci
Andrew Nurse
Ash Willing
Ashley Illston (C)
Bailey Thomas
Ben Alexander
Caswell Sparks
Chris Napier
Connor Morris
Elliot McPhun (VC)
George Kingswell-Watts
George Middleton
Greg Lound
Harry Legg
Harry Samuel
Harvey Crighton
Jacob Knibbs Jacques-Edouard Prax
James McCallum
Jarryd Sage
Jeff Fisher
Jesse Benson
Joe Terry-Brown
John Kenward
Jordan Butcher
Jordan Evans
Kadeem Collins
Kaleem Niazi
Kay Minkiewicz
Kaz Henderson
Kemp Price
Kev Raqio
Lewis Melton
Matt Harris
Matt Ramzan Mattea Mengotti
Michael Hogan
Mike Bond
Mthulisi Mvubu
Nathan Mitchelow
Ollie Brown
Ollie Critchley
Rhys Verley
Sam Jones
Samson Adejimi
Sean Aherne Smith
Tobias Elliot
Toby Evans
Tom Stileman
Will Curtis
Zaki Chamnaoui

Re-signed players / New Players

We open our campaign with the longest away trip of the season, Guernsey, before welcoming Henley to Woollams. We look forward to seeing you all soon!

  • Fixtures
  • Results
03/12/22
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National League 2

First XV

15:00

Bury St Edmunds

10/12/22
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National League 2

Barnes

15:00

First XV

17/12/22
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National League 2

Henley Hawks

15:00

First XV

07/01/23
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National League 2

First XV

15:00

North Walsham

14/01/23
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National League 2

Tonbridge Juddians

15:00

First XV

21/01/23
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National League 2

First XV

15:00

Westcliff

28/01/23
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National League 2

Blackheath

15:00

First XV

18/02/23
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National League 2

First XV

15:00

Worthing Radiers

25/02/23
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National League 2

Dorking

15:00

First XV

04/03/23
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National League 2

First XV

15:00

Sevenoaks

11/03/23
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National League 2

Rochford Hundred RFC

15:00

First XV

25/03/23
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National League 2

First XV

15:00

Canterbury

01/04/23
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National League 2

Bury St Edmunds

15:00

First XV

15/04/23
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National League 2

First XV

15:00

Barnes

22/04/23
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National League 2

First XV

14:00

Guernsey

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
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National League 2 South

Barnes

24
33

First XV

22/09/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

18
10

Redingensians

29/09/18
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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

17/11/18
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National League 2 South

Clifton

24
31

First XV

24/11/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

32
15

Birmingham & Solihull

01/12/18
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National League 2 South

Canterbury

12
24

First XV

08/12/18
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National League 2 South

First XV

56
0

London Irish Amateur

15/12/18
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National League 2 South

Henley Hawks

33
12

First XV

22/12/18
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National League 2 South

Bury St Edmunds

24
22

First XV

05/01/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

20
24

Barnes

12/01/19
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National League 2 South

Redingensians

36
21

First XV

19/01/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

12
57

Tonbridge Juddians

26/01/19
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National League 2 South

Old Redcliffians

37
15

First XV

09/02/19
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National League 2 South

Taunton Titans

10
8

First XV

16/02/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

34
34

Worthing Radiers

23/02/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

22
16

Dings Crusaders

02/03/19
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National League 2 South

Redruth

33
15

First XV

09/03/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

49
23

Clifton

23/03/19
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National League 2 South

Birmingham & Solihull

45
32

First XV

30/03/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

5
19

Canterbury

06/04/19
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National League 2 South

London Irish Amateur

5
61

First XV

13/04/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

21
50

Henley Hawks

27/04/19
|
National League 2 South

Guernsey

26
19

First XV

17/08/19
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Pre-Season

Bishop’s Stortford

38
0

First XV

22/08/19
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Pre-Season

First XV

19
13

Tring

31/08/19
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Pre-Season

Chinnor

7
36

First XV

07/09/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

38
19

Bury St Edmunds

14/09/19
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National League 2 South

Leicester Lions

38
7

First XV

21/09/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

43
18

Sutton & Epsom

28/09/19
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National League 2 South

Old Redcliffians

21
8

First XV

05/10/19
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National League 2 South

First XV

39
14

Bournemouth

12/10/19
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National League 2 South

Taunton Titans

38
36

First XV

19/10/19
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National Two South

First XV

54
17

Worthing Radiers

26/10/19
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National Two South

Henley Hawks

25
18

First XV

02/11/19
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National Two South

First XV

9
12

Tonbridge Juddians

09/11/19
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National Two South

First XV

5
30

Redruth

16/11/19
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National Two South

Westcliff

20
19

First XV

23/11/19
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National Two South

First XV

7
43

Clifton

30/11/19
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National Two South

Esher

31
20

First XV

07/12/19
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National Two South

First XV

24
26

Barnes

14/12/19
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National Two South

Dings Crusaders

22
20

First XV

04/01/20
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National Two South

First XV

55
22

Sutton & Epsom

11/01/20
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National Two South

First XV

33
3

Old Redcliffians

18/01/20
|
National Two South

Bournemouth

26
28

First XV

25/01/20
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National Two South

First XV

22
23

Taunton Titans

01/02/20
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National Two South

Worthing Radiers

29
30

First XV

08/02/20
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National Two South

First XV

16
20

Henley Hawks

15/02/20
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National Two South

Tonbridge Juddians

26
24

First XV

22/02/20
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National Two South

First XV

8
10

Leicester Lions

29/02/20
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National Two South

Redruth

21
12

First XV

07/03/20
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National Two South

First XV

10
16

Westcliff

27/08/21
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Pre-Season

First XV

38
14

Harpenden

04/09/21
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National League Two South

Henley Hawks

19
25

First XV

11/09/21
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National League Two South

First XV

29
21

Canterbury

18/09/21
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National League Two South

Hinckley RFC

32
26

First XV

25/09/21
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National League Two South

First XV

13
22

Worthing Radiers

02/10/21
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National League Two South

Redruth

22
21

First XV

09/10/21
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National League Two South

First XV

21
22

Rochford Hundred RFC

16/10/21
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National League Two South

Clifton

32
33

First XV

23/10/21
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National League Two South

First XV

50
27

Dings Crusaders

30/10/21
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National League Two South

Westcliff

0
89

First XV

13/11/21
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National League Two South

First XV

45
21

Barnstaple

20/11/21
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National League Two South

Esher

41
20

First XV

27/11/21
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National League Two South

First XV

14
16

Leicester Lions

04/12/21
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National League Two South

Guernsey

7
38

First XV

11/12/21
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National League Two South

First XV

19
35

Barnes

08/01/22
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National League Two South

Canterbury

12
3

First XV

15/01/22
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National League Two South

First XV

26
28

Hinckley RFC

22/01/22
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National League Two South

Worthing Radiers

31
7

First XV

29/01/22
|
National League Two South

First XV

21
28

Redruth

05/02/22
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National League Two South

Bury St Edmunds

44
43

First XV

12/02/22
|
National League Two South

Rochford Hundred RFC

27
31

First XV

19/02/22
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National League Two South

First XV

7
52

Clifton

26/02/22
|
National League Two South

Dings Crusaders

46
41

First XV

05/03/22
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National League Two South

First XV

14
18

Westcliff

12/03/22
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National League Two South

Barnstaple

12
36

First XV

26/03/22
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National League Two South

First XV

31
40

Esher

02/04/22
|
National League Two South

Leicester Lions

35
14

First XV

09/04/22
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National League Two South

First XV

36
28

Guernsey

16/04/22
|
National League Two South

Barnes

36
38

First XV

23/04/22
|
National League Two South

First XV

33
31

Bury St Edmunds

26/08/22
|
Pre-Season

Harpenden

26
41

First XV

03/09/22
|
National League 2

Guernsey

25
27

First XV

10/09/22
|
National League 2

First XV

17
41

Henley Hawks

17/09/22
|
National League 2

North Walsham

14
31

First XV

24/09/22
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National League 2

First XV

32
20

Tonbridge Juddians

01/10/22
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National League 2

Westcliff

12
38

First XV

15/10/22
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National League 2

First XV

24
19

Blackheath

05/11/22
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National League 2

Sevenoaks

4
15

First XV

12/11/22
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National League 2

First XV

54
20

Rochford Hundred RFC

09 Sep 2022

Fixtures following the Queen's passing

Following the sad news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, we have received guidance from England Rugby that fixtures this weeken

26 Aug 2022

2022 Ali Mills Cup

1st XV vs Harpenden, KO 7.45pm @ Harpenden.

Romans fixture at home to Hemel has been CANCELLED.

24 Jun 2022

Adrian Tominey

It’s with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our former President Adrian Tominey.

Adrian was a long

17 May 2022

OA's host 1st Herts Youth Cups since Lockdown

OA’s are delighted to confirm that they were able to organize and host the Herts Youth Cup finals and it was great that after 2 d

05 Apr 2022

Leicester Lions 35 Old Albanian 14

Statistics, as we know, can be made to prove anything. But one of the more interesting numbers emerging from this match was the num

Car Parking at Woollams 3rd to 14th April

The main car park at Woollams is being used by Netflix as a base location whilst they film at Chidwickbury during the above period.

04 Apr 2022

Early Kick Off for Guernsey Match

The match at home to Guernsey on Saturday 9th April will kick off at 2:00pm to fit in with their travel arrangements.

The pr

28 Mar 2022

Old Albanian 31 Esher 40

Old Albanian Head Coach Dan George, a participant for much of the second half, pronounced himself disappointed that the result had

15 Mar 2022

Barnstaple 12 Old Albanian 36

A five hour drive does not well prepare one for possibly the worst first half of rugby in recent memory. But the vicious wind which

06 Mar 2022

Old Albanian 14 Westcliff 18

Westcliff will probably say they have underperformed many times this season and this may account for their lowly league status. Thi

28 Feb 2022

Dings Crusaders 46 Old Albanian 41

Lets get the grumpy stuff out of the way first.

Too often Albanians approach a situation in a game with a certain amount of

21 Feb 2022

Old Albanian 7 Clifton 52

When a tight head prop scores a hattrick these days he receives congratulation rather than the opprobrium he would have encountered

15 Feb 2022

Rochford 27 Old Albanian 31

There is, these days, normally a surprise in store when watching OAs. This week onlookers watched a demonstration of, ultimately, w

08 Feb 2022

Bury St Edmunds 44 Old Albanian 43

There should be another statistic in the headline: namely the number of needless mistakes perpetrated by both sides last Saturday.

05 Feb 2022

Three Former Old Albanians Start for England

Former OAs Maro Itoje, Nick Isiekwe and Max Malins are all in the starting lineup for England in the Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfi

31 Jan 2022

Old Albanian 21 Redruth 28

Were it not for stubborn Albanian defence throughout Redruth would have amassed a cricket score at Woollams.

Were it not for

25 Jan 2022

Worthing 31 Old Albanian 7

The writing was probably on the wall in the first 5 minutes when the visitors butchered a credible attacking chance in the hosts’

23 Jan 2022

Herts Youth Cup - Results and Fixtures

All results and fixtures are on the Hertfordshire Web Site – https://hertsrugby.co.uk/herts-comps/#JBC

16 Jan 2022

Old Albanian 26 Hinckley 28

It was said at the prematch lunch that Hinckley like to give their opponents a handy lead before taking command; the match transpir

11 Jan 2022

M&J Lunch is Sold Out

With 140 tickets sold, Saturday’s lunch before the Hinckley game has sold out.

Well done to all the M&J age groups

Canterbury 3 Old Albanian 12

Neither side took the obvious option of using the wind and slope to advantage in a match which should have been dominated by both e

06 Jan 2022

Herts Youth Cup Draw

Under 14 Cup

Chess Valley v Hemel

BS A v Harpenden A

Tring v OAs A

Hertford v Barnet A

Under 14

17 Dec 2021

Bury Match Postponed

Old Albanian’s game at Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 18th December has been postponed. It is yet another casualty of the covid

13 Dec 2021

Old Albanian 19 Barnes 35

As is often the case in OA’s roller-coaster season a good performance (as last week) is followed by something which leaves mu

06 Dec 2021

Guernsey 7 Old Albanian 38

Elliott McPhun scored two tries for the second week running as Old Albanian romped to a bonus point win in the Channel Islands. Unl

29 Nov 2021

Old Albanian 14 Leicester Lions 16

The wind blew straight from the Ural Mountains during this furiously contested match and both sides will wonder why they didn’

23 Nov 2021

Saints Double Header

Sunday at Woollams was certainly a day to remember. A day to both make and celebrate history, as OA Saints new and old came togethe

Esher 41 Old Albanian 21

Recent results, media reports and conversations with mutual opponents have indicated that the men from Surrey are, to say the least

14 Nov 2021

Old Albanian 45 Barnstaple 21

This was a match which put Albanians in a stronger position than they had enjoyed before. Yet it took a full hour of intense  acti

01 Nov 2021

Westcliff 0 Old Albanian 89

Probably nobody likes to preside over a mismatch but the truth is you can only play what’s in front of you and most of what f

26 Oct 2021

Dings Match Report

Neither side seemed to have any particular game plan to take this pulsating match by the throat so

17 Oct 2021

Clifton 32 Old Albanian 33

Morgan Thompson’s one handed chargedown of Jack Lloyd’s third conversion attempt of the afternoon ultimately settled matters in

10 Oct 2021

Old Albanian 21 Rochford 22

A worthwhile journey from Essex for Rochford Hundred as fly half Sam Cappaert kicked a penalty in injury time from OAs’ thirty me

06 Oct 2021

Early Start for Memorial Lunch

Memorial Lunch  (1215hrs for 1245hrs sit-down)

On Saturday It will be 565 days since the 23rd March 2020

04 Oct 2021

Redruth 22 Old Albanian 21

It’s a very long way to go only to return with a solitary bonus point but Albanians were just three minutes away from a famous vi

27 Sep 2021

Worthing Match Report

It does not do to be over confident or complacent in a sporting situation. It also does not help matters, when you are under the co

20 Sep 2021

Hinckley 26 Old Albanian 32

It would be kindest to the selection team to say there were several changes to the side this week as Albanians continued their succ

12 Sep 2021

Old Albanian 29 Canterbury 21

Naturally, after the sad events at Dry Leas last week, proceedings started with a minutes silence in memory of Henley’s David Hyd

06 Sep 2021

Buddy an OA player season 2021/22

BUDDY AN OA PLAYER 2021/22

The new season is just around the corner and, with the help of our loyal support

Henly Hawks 19 Old Albanian 25

 

It should have been a joyous occasion for Old Albanian, the visitors to  Dry Leas on a day perfect for the League re

03 Sep 2021

11/09/21 Canterbury & Bruce Millar Lunch

Bruce Millar will be the guest of honour at the lunch preceding our first home match of the season against Canterbury on Saturday 1

03/09/2021 - 2021/22 Squad Announcement

After 18 long months we’re delighted to be back to competitive matches, starting with a trip to Henley. Behind the scenes the

01 Sep 2021

Away to Henley

Our first league match of the season is on Saturday 4th September away to Henley.  The kick off is 3pm.

Old Albanian 38pts  Harpenden 14pts

A pleasant Autumn evening attended rugby’s return to Woollams after an absence of a season and a half and the two sides attended

13 Aug 2021

Harpenden match at Woollams on Friday August 27

Our final friendly before the season starts is at home to near neighbours Harpenden with the kick off at 7.30pm.
There is no

12 Aug 2021

Rosslyn Park Cancelled

The friendly match at Rosslyn Park on Saturday 14th August has been cancelled due to an outbreak of covid in the OAs squad. Five pl

09 Aug 2021

OAs away to Rosslyn Park 14/8/21

OAs first XV continue their preparations for the new season with a trip to National 1 side Rosslyn Park on Saturday.
The Kick

02 Aug 2021

Watch the Lions Series Decider

The deciding test in the series will be shown in the clubhouse on Saturday 7th August. The kick-off is at 5.00 pm but the bar and f

02/08/2021 - TJs Game Cancelled

Unfortunately the preseason game against Tonbridge Juddians, due to have been held on the 7th August has been cancelled.

16 Jul 2021

16/07/21 - Return of Rugby to Woollams

The first weekend of league action for the 2021/22 season will be 4th September with the 1st XV taking a trip to Henley, to see the

05 Jul 2021

2021/22 - Pre-Season Underway

With all the caution and apprehension of stepping on a zebra crossing on a busy road, knowing it should be safe for us to move full

01 Jul 2021

01/07/2021 - TJs Up First in Preseason

OAs 1st XV will kick off the preseason fixtures for the 21-22 season with a match away at Tonbridge Juddians on 7th August.

19 Oct 2020

2020/21 Season Preview

By mid-October in most seasons we’d be 6 weeks into league campaigns, seeing the benefit of pre-season and getting ready for

01 Jul 2020

01/07/2020 - Calorie Challenge

In mid-June what started out as being a few members of the Men’s 1st XV having a bit of friendly competition snowballed into

14 May 2020

14/05/2020 - Ali Mills

It is with great sadness that the Club announces the passing of Ali Mills, a man whose stature belied a great heart and a giant per

17 Apr 2020

THANK YOU!

At this testing time we’d just like to add a THANK YOU from all of us at Old Albanian RFC to all

16 Mar 2020

16/03/2020 - CORONAVIRUS STATMENT

With the situation relating to Coronavirus worsening by the day, we wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the situation at OAs.

07 Feb 2020

Match Programme Online Now

Our Online Match Programme is now live.

30 Jan 2020

OA players recognised by England and NCA Rugby

It has been a very positive January for the men’s first XV, with three victories and only a narrow defeat against Taunton pre

20 Dec 2019

21/12/2019 - 1st XV vs Leicester Lions POSTPONED

Unfortunately due to the recent heavy rain the 1st XV match vs Leicester Lions on Saturday 21st December has been postponed until t

16 Aug 2019

16/08/2019 - And we're off!!

The season starts this weekend with our first game against Bishop's Stortford!

19 Jun 2019

19/06/19 - Socious Sports

Club statement on OAs link to Socious Sport and Out of Season Training Courses

08 Jun 2019

Trevor Hickey

The club sadly has to announce the passing of Trevor Hickey.

10 May 2019

10/05/2019 - AGM Update

Many thanks to those of you that attended this year's AGM last night. Here's a quick update from the meeting...

01 May 2019

Join OAs for 2019/20

Are you looking for a Rugby Club for 2019/20 and beyond? Join OAs today!

22 Apr 2019

22/04/2019 - Thank You

As we reach the end of a fantastic season that for some started way back in July of last year we wanted

10 Apr 2019

10/04/2019 - Nigel Seale

With great sadness, OARFC has to advise that Nigel Seale died at his home in Henley early this morning with Jenny & his Family

02 Feb 2019

02/02/2019 - Matches Postponed

Unfortunately, matches today have been postponed, but the Former Players Lunch and 6 Nations Games are still on at Woollams.

03 Jan 2019

05/01/2019 - VPs Lunch

Details for our VPs lunch this weekend ahead of the match vs Barnes

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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