Historic Events

22 May 2017
WESTCOMBE PARK CONFIRMED - 24 Aug 2015
Our pre season concludes with a home game this Saturday 29th August and a big thanks to Westcombe Park for stepping in at the last minute. It will be a good test against level 5 opposition who lost narrowly at Bury St Edmunds 37-20 last weekend   
Kevin
PRE SEASON CONFIRMED - 06 Jul 2015
We have two pre season friendlies to look forward to the first on 22nd August will be away at Windsor whose ground is in the shadows of the castle so a nice summer day out to start off the season
The second is on the 29th August when we are at Home to Richmond Vikings again with a 3pm kick off
we welcome supporters old and new

Kevin Hymas 
Kevin
CHOBHAM RFC ADDRESS - 27 Mar 2015

Old Surbitonians Memorial Ground
Fairmile Lane
Cobham
Surrey KT11 2BU
Tel: 01932 864441

Click here for Street Maps

After turning into Fairmile Lane from the Portsmouth Road, (A3 Northbound from M25) the club entrance is the first turning on the right.

Kevin
Coach to IPSWICH - Saturday 7th February - 04 Feb 2015
WILL leave the club at 11.15 
Kevin
SPORTS DINNER 10TH APRIL 2015 - 04 Feb 2015
TRFC are please to announce this years SPORTS DINNER to be held at the clubhouse on FRIDAY 10TH APRIL 2015
Our gest this year is formaer Leicester & British Lion full back TIM STIMPSON who will have comedian GARY SKYNER
Tickets from KEVIN HYMAS at a cost of £360 for a table of 8, or £47.50 per person
Kevin
1st XV at RUISLIP - 31 Dec 2014
the 1st XV are away at RUISLIP on Saturday 3rd january 2015, and would like to confirm kick off is 2.00pm. A coach is going and leaving the club at 11am and there is room for supporters

happy news year

Kevin
Kevin
RUGBY ACADEMY LAUNCHES THIS FRIDAY!!!! - 25 Sep 2014

The new Thurrock rugby academy starts this Friday at 7.30pm. 32 players from our youth secition have been selected to attend and the academy will meet every last Friday of the month. These sessions have also be opened up to all club coaches, this will be part of the clubs 'coach development sessions'.

 

I wish all the youth players the best of luck. These will be the first players that will be produced through our new academy and this is such an important move for the club. We are trying to guarantee that the future players of this club are fully prepare for senior rugby and have a better understanding of the game.

 

The club is starting to look very professional behind the scenes and this is a very exiciting time for us all. Please keep supporting your club!

 

ONECLUB!!!

 

Dean White

Director of rugby

Thurrock RFC

Dean
Change of Pre-Season - 15 Aug 2014
for those of you travelling to HOVE I can announce hardly a change to your travel arrangements as now we are playing BRIGHTON BLUES  on 23rd August 2014 instead. will add directions later
Kevin
LAST CHANCE FOR FRIDAY - 10 Mar 2014
THERE ARE STILL A LIMITED NUMBER OF SPACES AVAILABLE FOR FRIDAYS SPORTING DINNER COME AND LISTEN TO AN ENGLAND LEGEND
RORY UNDERWOOD, THIS FRIDAY ONLY AT THURROCK RFC
PLEASE CALL KEVIN HYMAS 07973 115784 TO BOOK YOUR PLACE 
Kevin
BURY ST EDMUNDS KICK OFF - 20 Feb 2014
WILL BE 2.30, it looks like a very good chance that the match will played on the main pitch, please support your team, England play after this game
Kevin
EASTER RUGBY AT OAKFIELD - 19 Feb 2014
Thurrock's cancelled game against HERTFORD has been re-arranged for THURSDAY 17TH APRIL 2014 with 8 PM kick off
it is the night before Good Friday, and means that neither club will have to play on Easter Saturday

Kevin

Kevin
1st XV Game OFF - 01 Feb 2014
having inspected the grounds this morning all club pitches are unplayable. The game v Bury St Edmunds is now re-scheduled for 22nd February 2014
Remember the clubhouse is open for the internationals, including England Ladies featuring our own Rachel Burford
Kevin
WESTCOMBE PARK KICK OFF 2.30 - 24 Jan 2014

Good news is that at present the 1st XV pitch is playable, however there is rain forecast so it could mean a very late change of pitches so therefore we make a firm KO time of 2.30 it would cover all eventualities, and ensure your travel arrangements are firm. All pre-match warm ups must take place off of the playing area.

 

Thanks for your patience and see you tomorrow,             

Kevin
SPORTS DINNER FRIDAY 14TH MARCH - 10 Jan 2014

THURROCK RFC PRESENT

OUR INFAMOUS SPORTING DINNER

FRIDAY 14TH MARCH 2014

BLACK TIE PREFERRED

OUR GUESTS FOR THE EVENING ARE

Rory Underwood MBE is a record-breaking former English rugby union footballer who played wing for, most notably, Leicester Tigers and the Royal Air Force. He represented England and the British and Irish Lions and is a former Royal Air Force pilot. 

AND COMEDIAN

Paul Boardman is an English sports broadcaster who worked for Sky Sports News. He is the son of comedian Stan Boardman and twin brother of television presenter Andrea Boardman


COST £45 PER HEAD OR £320 A TABLE OF 8

PLEASE SEE KEVIN HYMAS FOR DETAILS

Kevin
1ST XV GAME v BASINGSTOKE IS ON - 09 Jan 2014
The main pitch is still not fit for purpose this Saturday but Pitch 3 is perfectly playable. The game will however now KICK OFF AT 2.00PM 
Kevin
1ST TEAM GAME V BASINGSTOKE IS ON - 09 Jan 2014
the match will be played on pitch 3 with 2,00pm kick off
Kevin
1ST XV GAME OFF - 03 Jan 2014
Due to the pitch being waterlogged tomorrows game v BURY ST EDMUNDS is OFF.
The game is now to be played on 1ST FEBRUARY

KEVIN HYMAS
Kevin
T-Birds win the League - 16 Dec 2013
Yesterday the T-Birds secured the League Title for Championship One South by beating Saracens 2nd XV at Bramley Road 0-43.
Played 11, Won 11 with 11 try bonus points, sitting on 55 points, it is now mathematically impossible for them to be caught.
MrChris
BLIP ON WEBSITE - 05 Dec 2013
1ST XV AWAY V TONBRIDGE JUDDIANS KICK OFF 2.15
Kevin
Rachael Burford and Mercedes Foy in WRWC Squad - 20 Nov 2013
Rachael Burford and Mercedes Foy have been named in England's 30 player training squad for the Women's Rugby World Cup which will take place in France next year.
MrChris
GUERNSEY AT HOME THIS WEEK - 01 Oct 2013
To assist in the visitors travel arrangement's the game will kick off at 2.30 please ensure you make all aware

Kevin
Kevin
SPORTMANS DINNER FRIDAY 14TH JUNE - 03 Jun 2013

Change of Speaker

John Bentley is unable to attend, but we have the large presence of NIGEL REDMAN the England 2nd Row, he also toured with the Lions in 1997, so an insight into the current tour will be high on the agenda. He will be supported by Gary Marshall a fine comedian from Yorkshire.

Tickets are £45 each and we need your invaluable support. The T-Birds need your support to ensure the evening will not be a loss, please support your club we need at least another 4 tables (max 8) which can be shared.

 

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO MAKE IT ANOTHER SUCCESFUL TRFC NIGHT      

Kevin
T-Birds in Playoff against Aylesford - 22 Apr 2013
T-Birds play Aylesford for Premiership survival on Sunday 28th April, 2.30 Kick Off at Blackheath's Well Hall ground.
Talk to Mercedes for a place on the supporters coach.
http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/blackheath/location/
SE9 6TE
MrChris
THURROCK SAFE, - 08 Apr 2013

Following the weekends other results including Thurrock's great comeback performance, the club can now plan for a further season in National 3. For those interested

 

National 3 London   Promoted  DORKING; B.STORTFORD or BARNES

                    Play-off  DORKING; B.STORTFORD or BARNES

                    Relegated STAINES; WESTCLIFF plus either

                              TRING or GRAVESEND

 

London 1 North      Promoted  BURY ST EDMUNDS

                    Play-off  ETON MANOR

                    Relegated ROCHFORD; BASILDON plus one of

                              RUISLIP; CHINGFORD or

                              BEACONSFIELD

 

London 1 South      Promoted  EAST GRINSTEAD

                    Play-off  BASINGSTOKE or CHICHESTER

                    Relegated OLD COLFEIANS; TROJANS plus

                              one of H.HEATH; BECKENHAM or

                              GOSPORT

 

Kevin
1st XV in ESSEX CUP Wed 13th March 2013 CANCELLED - 05 Mar 2013
Match Cancelled 

Midweek rugby at Brentwood

v BRENTWOOD Kick Off 7.45pm

Why not treat yourself with some live mid week sport?
Kevin
Emily Scott inTwickenham squad for England Women - 21 Feb 2013
Emily Scott has been brought into the Matchday 23 for England Women against France at Twickenham this Sunday.
The game kicks off at 7.20pm with free entry to Twickenham after the men's game.  Also to be shown live on the red button.
MrChris
Sportmans Dinner Cancelled - 31 Jan 2013

Tables available for the clubs Sporting Dinner, to be held at the Clubhouse on Friday 1st February 2013

Guest Speaker is John Bentley (former British Lion) and a very funny comedian Gary Marshall who is great demand on the dinner circuit

Tickets are priced at £45 each

please support this event and make it another good night

 

Cancelled - now taking place on Friday 14th June 2013

Kevin
GUERNSEY AWAY TRIP 8TH -10TH MARCH 2013 UPDATE - 09 Jan 2013

The balance is required by the 31st Janaury 2013. The total cost for the 2 day trip is £220 per person, therefore a further £200 per person is required by the aforementioned date.

I will advise flight times, confirmation of the hotel reservations over the next couple of weeks.

6 PLACES AVAILABLE  

Kevin 

Kevin
Michael Thomas Joins Thurrock - 23 Oct 2012
We would all like to welcome Michael to Thurrock and hope you enjoy your time with us.

Name: Michael Thomas
Age: 25
Place of Birth: Swansea, Wales
Previous Clubs: Bonymaen RFC, Swansea RFC, Tonmawr RFC, Carmarthen Athletic RFC

Honours/ Invitational teams: Wales Colleges, Osprey Academy 18's, 20's, Welsh Academics, Welsh Varsity 2011, 2012 
Favourite Rugby Ground: Millennium Stadium
Favourite Movie: Goonies, Anchorman, The other guys, Coach carter, Blindside
Favourite TV Show: Glee, The Great British Bakeoff
Favourite Food: Sunday Roast
Favourite Music: Punk/ Rock and Roll, Dance and house
Worst Habit: Bitting my nails




Jason
Ben Thomas joins Thurrock - 21 Sep 2012
Ben ThomasThurrock RFC are proud to welcome Ben Thomas to the team

Ben of England U20 and London Scottish signed to Thurrock this week and completes our squad as a second row player

We look forward to seeing him in action very soon
Joe
T-Birds announce new signings. - 01 Sep 2012
The T-Birds welcomed 2 internationals this week to the squad for their inaugural Premiership Season.

42 cap Centre, Rachael Burford, who has captained Engalnd 7s and England A joins from Richmond.
http://www.rfu.com/squadsandplayers/womensrugby/rachaelburford
She is accompanied by Back Rower Louise Austin, formerly of Leinster, Munster and lately Blackrock, who achieved 22 caps for Ireland.

Head Coach, Dean White said "This shows that we mean business in the Premiership and are not there just to make up the numbers".


MrChris
TRFC Golden Year summary - 09 Jul 2012

The season of 2012 has been such a monumental season for Thurrock RFC. The club is calling it the ‘Golden Season’ after the success on and off the field that can only be compared to the Essex Cup domination in the 70’s and early 90’s when beating London Irish. The difference this time is that the success has been throughout the whole season across the men, ladies and youth section.

The 1st XV team have been coached for the past four years by Jamie Daisley and Michael Wilkins and managed by Kevin Hymas. They have secured 2 promotions in 4 seasons with a team of young local boys. Both Jamie and Butch work energetically coaching all the senior players on a Tuesday and Thursday night. Jamie coaches the T-birds and T-Chicks while Butch coaches the U16’s. The work that they have put in over the past four years have been inspirational in transforming the club’s ambitions, bringing back local players to the club along with developing the players abilities and skills to the quality it is now. Their forward thinking desires are going to send to club further upwards and putting Thurrock Rugby back on the map.

This 1st team were convincing winners of London One North and taking the club back into the National Leagues. Looking back at certain games when the rub of the green went your way sums up what can only be called an outstanding effort. The main turning points that spring to mind, was the last kick of the match by Michael Stanley to secure a draw at Bury St Edmunds, a disallowed Rochford try that meant a close fought 2 point win, and the introduction of Earl Gorman at Diss with time running out he made 2 last ditch breaks that created 2 match winning tries after trailing 3-0 for most of the game.

After a euphoric 1st home game in beating Ruislip the world of Thurrock came crashing down with an early defeat at Brentwood, in hindsight it probably was the best thing, the new side with 6 new players recruited over the summer did not quite gel together and soon realised it was more than just turning up, there was plenty of hard work still to be done.

Thurrock’s home form and support with over 400 people regularly was fantastic and they kept coming back for more as they only failed to score 40 points or more on 3 occasions, when they defeated their closest rivals Colchester 36-13, Letchworth 25-3 (on remembrance weekend when you cannot forget Rolf Jones and his hairs on the neck standing-up rendition of the last post), and Bury St Edmunds 27-15, it meant 13 home league games all unbeaten.

It was however the early away form that was under scrutiny but still returned with 11 wins the draw and the defeat that were mentioned earlier.

Undoubtedly the summer signing of Michael Stanley was the catalyst to this success, along with new signing’s of Reece Durrance, Aston Bevans-Royston, Josh Cook and Sam Boshell, and then another key moment was the signing of England Counties Full Back Frankie Neale just before the Brentwood game giving extra dimension and impetus to the season. Michael Stanley was top try scorer with 28 tries adding to his place kicking in the first 13 games kicking 139 points to make a total of 279 points. Neale’s arrival meant he took over the kicking duties and scored 143 points plus 8 tries so he totalled 183 points in his 13 matches. Other top try scorers were wingers Nat Farrell (16), Sam Boshell (14), Ben Stanley and No8 Bradleigh Retigan both with 12

Thurrock also went through the season fortunate on the injury front, a broken thumb meant an 8 week break for Reece Durrance, and damaged shoulder’s to Bevans-Royston and captain Darryl Worster see the prop out for 5 weeks, but the unfortunate Worster damaged his shoulder at Braintree, he made his comeback in early March but he lasted less than 10 minutes and his season was over. Another factor was the re-emergence of back row Charlie Russo after a couple of seasons not playing he come back to summer training and forced his way back into the frame from Christmas onwards

Michael Stanley was voted players player by his team mates, probably an easy decision.

The players and the management team would like to thank the Club Supporters and Sponsors, without you all we would not be able reach our achievements this season on the field of play, they all go hand in hand so you can’t have one without the other, we now look forward to life next season in a new league with new challenges, come this September, will we be ready, you bet we will.

Ralph Henderson MBE, our newly appointed Director of Rugby set himself and the club some big ambitions and targets for last season, which we came very close to achieving all.

The development team under the guidance and coaching of Dan Bowden and Mike Dunk won their league with player’s player being Ben Madden. The 3rd team under the management of Dave Towler also won their league and reached the BL finals day, with a team of the Thurrock future along with some old heads. The 4th team managed for many years by Kevin Wakeford and Clive Burgess, still remain the heart and soul of the club with their fancy dress themes every Saturday under the orders of their player’s player Steve Bridger. They ended up losing in the BL Merit Finals day.

Most recently our Colts were victorious winners of the Essex Cup Final beating Chingford 12-11 in a thrilling game. Andy Stanford, Director of Rugby for the youth and Chris Sullivan have worked tirelessly with the boys since a young age to achieve this coveted title before many step into senior rugby or university life. The team is made up with all local Thurrock boys many of whom have played 1st team and senior rugby this season. Andrew Nimmo voted 3rd team players player along with players like Mark Sullivan, Alex Jones, Joss Nunn and Reece Millar are names you will be seeing more in the future of our booming senior section.


Our ladies team the T-Birds have encrypted their name in the history books after an epic season that no one could have dreamed of. After only securing promotion last season into the second tier of women’s rugby the Championship, they won the league and play off to be promoted into the dizzy heights of Premiership rugby for next season.


The formation of the Thurrock T-birds under Gavin Scott and Debbie Gay some 15-20 years ago began with a bunch of Rugby wives, girlfriends and mums. Coach Dean White has been involved with the team since the start, with the addition of coaches Jamie Daisley and Chris Emerson have secured the T-Birds a record of 4 League Titles and 3 promotions in 7 seasons.


Last year the T-Birds were honoured with one of 15 RFU Presidents National awards for Girl Power, after their success of developing women’s rugby across the county and formation of the T-Chicks U15 and Under 18 girl’s teams. The support the girls get on a Sunday afternoon reaches over 200 that no other team in the country has.


The T-Birds are made up of a number of local girls who have been with the team for a number of years including Captain Mercedes Foy, Katie Fenn, Joanne Convoy, Tammy Nicholls and Laura Cavanagh. The addition of Emily Scott, current England U20’s and England Sevens Star along with India Harvey, England U18’s strengthened the team to a force to be reckoned with in women’s rugby being one of the top 8 teams in the country. Oakfield is our fortress having lost just once at home in the last 5 seasons.


Thurrock rugby club youth and mini section have a thriving positive approach to rugby. We currently have twenty nine coaches who all follow the club ethos which is developing the children through the game into team players with a positive attitude which will place them in good stead for their future. With children as young as five years old learning the game through fun progressing through the age groups up to eighteen and hopefully then  into our senior sides. This year our section has competed at the highest level with three of our age groups U14, U16 and Colts progressing into the Essex cup finals which is a great achievement. The section increases each year and it is great to see all the children enjoying their sunday mornings. The parents support of their children is second to none applauding not only our children but the visiting teams and that is what rugby is all about. Chairman Ken Laybourne, Ali and Andy Stanford and Christine Jones work hard behind the scenes along with all of the coaches and administrators whose work never ends to develop and instill the values of rugby in Thurrock in shaping the future of the club.


Schools links with schools such as William Edwards are forever strengthening with a number of players from the ladies and men coaching in schools such as William Edwards, Gateway and Gable Hall with more to come next year.


The success on the field has been matched by the dedication and commitment of the backroom personnel on the main committee, sponsorship and social committee. Brain Howells club President celebrates 50 years in the club next season. Bob Heapy Chairman, Club treasurer Jeff Selway and Secretary Mike Stephenson work diligently to keep the club in order. While Jane Burroughs and her bar team keep the drink flowing and club busy throughout the year.


Jason Bedding Vice Chairman is constantly working hard in improving club facilities with the new addition of an outside bar and catering facilities ready for next season. The ground staff work all year round to keep our pitches quality like you see on TV. The volunteers of the club are irreplaceable with special mentions to Carol Fahey and Paddy Holbrook who step down from over 30 years of service in the kitchen and looking after the welfare of the players.


Colin Rate heads the clubs Business Committee involving a number of local companies and ex players such as Trevor Burge, Doc Leckenby, Austin Fitzmaurice, Martin Fahey and Peter Worsfold in moving the club forward. Mercedes Foy and the social committee of people like Mark Burroughs have raised thousands for the club and numerous charities this year. This was recognized by winning a second consecutive RFU President 15 award for the club’s fundraising efforts this season. The club has raised over £4000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer along with another £6000 towards numerous charities such as the Air Ambulance, St Lukes and Little Havens.


The last game of the season this year see a visit from the RFU President Willie Wildash who was overwhelmed by the support and hard work of the club and commented on how well we demonstrate the values of rugby in all we do and are a real example to other clubs across the country. Mayor Charlie Curtis and a number of other local dignitaries were present on this day to witness the club’s successful attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Scrum which was achieved smashing the previous record of 245 with 586 men, women and children from the whole community.


There are a number of events coming up in the closed season to keep the club busy including a Diamond Jubilee Celebration on Sat 2nd June £10 adults, £5 kids with a band, disco and unlimited use of all the inflatable’s and fairground rides There is a mixed Touch rugby tournament for all on Saturday 23rd June also. If anyone is interested in attending they should contact Mercedes on 01375374877.


This certainly has been an unforgettable season to go down in history and would not be possible without the clubs many sponsors including LMG, Wrightsure, The Ship, White Hart, Doyle Clayton and Rates to name a few. The support from the Enquirer, Your Thurrock and Gazette is helping to promote the club across the borough and further afield. We are already planning for next year on and off the field and strive to achieve more success for our club members and local community. Thurrock Rugby Club is a unique, special community club that is moving forward. Get behind them in any way you can. If you are interested in being involved with the club whether playing or socializing, sponsoring or volunteering then contact the rugby club on 01375 374877.



Jason
T-birds win Worthing 7's - 27 May 2012
T-birds can't stop winning, another great performance from our girls, well done.
Jason
Possible end of our minis - 21 May 2012

This Monday 21st May at the Baptist Church Hall in Premier Ave. at 7.30 p.m.Grays Athletic have a meeting with The Stifford  Community Forum to discuss their plans for the development  of a new football stadium in the area.

If their plans are accepted by the council it could possibly see the end of mini's and junior rugby for the club. The plans that they are submitting have  a stadium, 4 full size football pitches, 2 x 7 a side football pitches, 7 x 5 a side football pitches, a hockey pitch 3 netball pitches and a clubhouse as well as parking for 580 cars.

Nowhere in their plans are there any mini or junior rugby pitches. Obviously they cannot encroach on our land (which is the 3 main pitches outside of our hall), but they seem to want all the rest of the land around us.

If you want to have your say in protecting our space for  the mini's and juniors get to this meeting

Mike Stephenson Hon. Sec. (Thurrock RFC)   
Joe
Colts Win Essex cup - 09 May 2012
A historic end to a historic season
Our Colts beat Chingford in a nail biting final held at Barking RFC this evening

We won 12 - 11

Joe