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Cup congratulations

Congratulations to Trowbridge and Longlevens who have won through to the National Semi Finals of the Intermediate and Junior Cups respectively.

They will meet opponents from London & SE Division on Easter Saturday. The draw will be made next month for home advantage.

Joining them in the final will be the winners of the SW Senior Cup Final due to be played on the 15th March and featuring Newent and the winners of the outstanding tie between Gosford All Blacks and Chesham.

Easter games

Due to the number of postponed games, in some leagues the South West has now had to schedule games for Easter Saturday or Easter Monday.

Clubs should be aware they can bring these games forward by mutual consent. Some clubs have already asked to play matches on Good Friday or on midweek dates under floodlights.

If you wish to move a game we need a written request from both clubs - the best way to do this is via the Fixture Change form at http://www.swrugby.co.uk/fixturechange - but please note, we need both clubs to fill in the form.

New Secretary for Somerset 2 North & South

The South West is pleased to welcome Neil Prescott as the new League Secretary for the Tribute Somerset 2 North and South Leagues.

He succeeds the late, and still much missed, David Smith who died last October.

Des Chalmers, League Secretary of Somerset 3 North and South, has acted as interim contact for the two leagues but all matters regarding Somerset 2 North & South should be referred to Neil from now on.

You can find his details under "Contact Us"

20 Feb 14

Registration Transfer Deadline

All clubs are reminded that the Transfer Deadline this year is on Friday 28th February 2014. After that date any player who has been previously Effectively Registered with any Club during the current season and/or is a Contracted Player, Contracted Overseas Player, Foreign Player or an Overseas Player will not be eligible until 15th June.

To meet the deadline the player has to complete his waiting period by the 1st, so all the requisite paperwork must reach the Registrar by Friday 21st February or where expedited registration is applied for, by 12 noon on Friday 28th February.

You must ensure that all registration papers are correct as any problems with them may result in the player missing the Transfer Deadline.

Players who do not fall into the above categories may still be registered in the usual seven day or expedited periods after this date and play this season.

The continuing bad weather....

Another 103 games were called off due to the weather today, bringing the total for the season to over 400.

These have all now been given new dates, however many leagues now have games on Easter Saturday and in three cases Easter Monday as well.

The South West will be looking at all re-arranged fixtures to see if by moving them around more efficient use can be made of the remaining Saturdays this season. Clubs are also welcome to review their own games and if they wish to move a game to a midweek date under lights or when the clocks change they are encouraged to contact the Admin Office to discuss the possibilities.

Please note, at present, an extension to the season has not been sanctioned but the situation remains under review.

08 Feb 14

Cup Competitions

Following the games on the 18th January the draws for the next round, to be played on 1st February, have been updated - see the SW Cups menu tab for details.

Cards have been posted to all teams involved.

If you previously had a league game on this date please note the cup takes priority and you should advise your league opponents accordingly. The league game will be re-arranged once the outcome of the cup game is known.

SW Qualifying Rounds of the RFU Cups

The draw has been made for the SW stages of the RFU Cups.

In some cases we are waiting for the nominations from the Constituent Body competitions, but the details as we have them are here

Long Distance Travel Payments

Clubs which qualify for assistance with travel to League games should receive payment from the RFU into their bank accounts this week.

22 Oct 13

David Smith

The South West has been shocked to learn of the death of Somerset Two North and South League Secretary David Smith.

He was involved in a road traffic accident on the way to a game on Saturday 12th October.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.

(Picture courtesy of the Somerset Referees' Society)

Switching Fixtures

It seems some clubs need reminding about the procedure for changing fixtures.

During the summer clubs could move a fixture to any date in the season. Now the games have started you may only bring a game forward to an earlier date and not push it back to later in the season. You can apply via the online form mentioned below.

You can swap the home and away fixtures - this must be done by mutual consent and permission sought via the online form - see "Contact Us" on the menu. Both clubs should complete two forms, one to move the home game to the date of the away game and one to move the away game to the date of the home game. You CANNOT just go ahead and agree it among yourselves. The Admin Office needs to be involved.

The one exception concerns bad weather in the first half of the season. If your pitch is unplayable but your opponents is not you are expected to reverse the venues under the provisions of the SW Admin Instructions. All that is needed in those cases is a call to the Admin Office on the Saturday morning. Please do not leave it until you call your result in. The games are listed in alphabetical order and there is not the time to scroll through 180 plus games, find it, reverse it and then take the score in the midst of all the other results.

Finally, if a game is postponed due to cup or weather, the SW will write to both clubs with the new date.

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