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Jonathan Dance - 1947-2024

The South West has been shocked to learn of the sudden death of Jonathan Dance on the 18th January 2024.

Jon, who was 76, had been on the SW Committee since 1995 and was on the RFU Council for 20 years having joined in 1994.  He was RFU President in 2014-15 - the season England staged the World Cup. A solicitor by profession, he was the RFU's Legal Officer for two seasons and also served on the board of the International Rugby Board (now World Rugby).

As a player he lined up for Grasshoppers, Bracknell and Berkshire.  After hanging up his boots, he joined the committee of Bracknell in 1972 and served in various roles including chairman and president.

The SW sends its condolences to his wife Mary and family.  Funeral details will be shared once known.

18 Jan 24

Tribute Team of the Month - November 2023

Berkshire Windsor
Buckinghamshire Buckingham
Cornwall Saltash
Devon Sidmouth
Dorset & Wilts Swanage & Wareham II
Gloucestershire Yate
Oxfordshire Littlemore
Somerset Wyvern

Windsor receiving their award.

Tribute Team of the Month - October 2023

Berkshire Reading Abbey
Buckinghamshire High Wycombe
Cornwall Wadebridge Camels
Devon North Tawton
Dorset & Wilts Sutton Benger
Gloucestershire Bream
Oxfordshire Didcot
Somerset Tor

Bream celebrate receiving their award.

Tribute Team of the Month - September 2023

Berkshire Tadley
Buckinghamshire Beaconsfield
Cornwall Hayle
Devon Plymstock Albion Oaks
Dorset & Wilts Melksham
Gloucestershire Lydney II
Oxfordshire Faringdon
Somerset Taunton II

Taunton receive their award from League Secretary Nick Robins.

Travel Funding - 2023-24

The Community Game Board (CGB) have reviewed travel grants ahead of the 2023-24 season.

Several options were considered, but the preferred option will prioritise funding for teams travelling to and from the mainland, as well as those travelling significant cumulative distances on the mainland at Regional 1 and below in the Men’s game and Championship 1 and below in the Women’s game.

For onshore mainland travel grants, teams who meet certain cumulative long distance mileage thresholds will be funded on a sliding scale.

Unlike the last 2 years, there will be no application process in place for these grants. Teams who have qualified for travel grants will be notified this week (10-15 July).

12 Jul 23

South West Fixtures 2023-24 released

The fixtures for the new season have now been released and can be viewed here.

Please note the details in the latest newsletter and don't forget to confirm your NLC details as requested.

12 Jun 23

SW League Structure - 2023-24

The structure of the SW Leagues for next season can be found here.

Work is continuing on the fixtures and a release date will be announced shortly.

30 May 23

Cornwall celebrates success

Clubs from across Cornwall met at St Austell Brewery on Friday 28th April to recognise a successful season, which saw four of them win their leagues in the English Clubs Championship.

Camborne - winners of Regional 1 Tribute South West

The award was presented by Jake Hockin of St Austell Brewery (left) and Bert Barber, League Secretary (centre)

Success in the Papa John's Men's Community Cup meant neither St Austell (champions of Regional 2 Tribute South West) and St Ives (Counties 2 Tribute Cornwall) were able to attend as they had travelled east to prepare for their semi finals the following day.

However Perranporth were there to collect their award for Counties 3 Cornwall.

The award was presented by Alex Henderson of St Austell Brewery (left) and Lee Maher, League Secretary (right)

Falmouth were presented with the You've earned it award after persevering throughout their league programme despite losing all 22 games.  They did enjoy late season success by reaching the semi finals of the Papa John's Cup.

The South West is again grateful to sponsors St Austell Brewery for hosting the evening and their continued support of rugby in the South West.

30 Apr 23

Tribute Team of the Month - February 2023

Berkshire Hungerfoed
Buckinghamshire Marlow II
Cornwall Bodmin
Devon Kingsbridge
Dorset & Wilts Cricklade
Gloucestershire Fairford
Oxfordshire Wallingford
Somerset Martock

Wallingford celebrate their success.

Tribute Team of the Month - January 2023

Berkshire Reading
Buckinghamshire Buckingham II
Cornwall Pirates Amateurs
Devon Tiverton
Dorset & Wilts Wimborne
Gloucestershire Bristol Aeroplane Company
Oxfordshire Henley III
Somerset Bristol Harlequins

Bristol Harlequins receive their award.