Barnstaple RFC
17th Dec 2016
Redruth RFC
Todays match sponsors
  • Loosemores
  • Merry Christmas
  • to you
  • all

League table

Team Pld W D L F A +/- B Pts
Bishop's Stortford 28 23 0 5 965 521 444 27 119
Old Elthamians 28 23 0 5 948 500 448 20 112
Chinnor 28 22 2 4 1040 495 545 20 112
Taunton RFC 28 18 3 7 839 665 174 21 99
Redruth 28 19 1 8 777 555 222 20 98
Cinderford 28 16 2 10 704 637 67 19 82
Redingensians 28 15 1 12 681 558 123 18 80
Canterbury 28 13 0 15 673 689 -16 17 69
Clifton 28 14 0 14 634 763 -129 12 68
Henley Hawks 28 11 1 16 691 787 -96 19 65
Bury St Edmunds 28 10 1 17 629 774 -145 16 58
Barnstaple 28 9 1 18 484 766 -282 12 50
Worthing 28 8 0 20 580 890 -310 15 47
London Irish Wild Geese 28 7 0 21 620 906 -286 18 46
Barnes 28 5 3 20 531 770 -239 19 45
Exmouth 28 3 1 24 542 1062 -520 15 29

Upcoming home fixtures

Date Event
26th December 2016 2nds V Bideford 11am KO
26th December 2016 3rds V Bideford 11am KO
7th January 2017 Colts v Crediton 2pm KO
8th January 2017 Junior Rugby 11am start

Welcome to Pottington Road

Good afternoon and welcome to the final game of 2016 as The Chiefs play host to Redruth in the final National 2 South fixture of the year.  We extend a warm welcome to their players, coaches, committee members and the many supporters who have made the trip to Pottington Road today, we hope you thoroughly enjoy yourselves today.

We would like to also thank our sponsors for today Loosemore's who's continuing support for Barnstaple Rugby Club has been awesome and has contributed immensely to our continued success as a club.

Well what a fantastic year 2016 has been for the club and our congratulations go to the players and coaches for what has been an incredible year for Barnstaple probably our best which despite a difficult start in National 2 South has ended with 5 home wins, maybe six after today, This all bodes well for what might be possible in 2017. 

Of course none of this would be possible without our army of volunteers whose dedication and unseen work lays the foundations for such a successful year. So much has to happen to make Saturday afternoon a success and these are the people that makes that happen. Maintenance of the grounds and buildings, stocking of the bar, kit washing and general admin duties are just some of the things done enthusiastically by our volunteers every week. All the volunteer coaches and trainers who organise hundreds of juniors every Sunday morning, The gateman dedicated to ensuring that everyone coming here today is greeted with a friendly smile and Tony Wasley's team of grounds men who work tirelessly to give us such a magnificent playing surface week after week and especially this past month or so which has seen some horrendous weather overcome by the ground staff. 

Lastly 2016 belongs to you the 16th Man our incredible supporters who have been amazing and have often lifted the team towards the end of the game with the Barum Spirit in full voice. The Barum Army has been immense this year and to quote Henley Hawks last week "However Barnstaple, driven on by the vociferous crowd, reminiscent of the famous Shed at Kingsholm, Gloucester, retaliated", shows how respected the Pottington Road faithful are becoming to visiting teams and how important you are to our success.

Good luck to both teams and let’s finish this year with a banging display of rugby and long lasting celebrations through the night. Merry Christmas everyone and I can't wait for 2017 to get underway.


First things first.........Christmas wishes to all our Barum players and supporters and very best for the New Year.

So we currently sit third in the league with a game in hand and look forward to our away game this weekend against Brixham. The Development squad has a foundation of a regular seven guys who have played every game so far this season. The remaining squad has been made up of a further 31 players who drop in and out depending on commitments. That being said, we regularly get between 15-20 at training on a Thursday, this has given us a grounding for the success we've achieved so far.As in most clubs it's difficult to put a second team out, however, we have fulfilled every fixture to date and this is mainly due to the hard work put into the phone calls by the Captain Ben Sharples and our No.8 Nigel East - a big thanks to both of them. 

Of particular note, the 2nd team is looking to be an introductory to senior rugby for the Colts of the club. A closer liaison is taking place between the 2s and the Colts and I look forward to the second part of the season and being able to bring on young talent within the club.

 On a personal note having only been with the club since August this year, I can honestly say that Barnstaple RFC is the most welcoming and friendly of clubs that I have ever been a part of. From the Chairman, through the 1st team coaching staff, to players and supporters, the club has been incredibly hospitable and supportive. I look forward to the second half of the season and the success that this will hopefully bring

Best wishes to you all, Bruce South, 2nd Team Coach

Upcoming Events




The club are taking part in the England Rugby Grand Draw, which is an opportunity for the club to make money without any out goings

England Rugby have organised 100’s of prizes including £10000 cash for 1st prize and many other things to from rugby packages to cases of wine, there is a full list of all prize in the club house.

If you would like to buy a ticket or even take some to sell please see Jacqui behind the bar who would be happy to help.

To book into any of the above events please contact Lisa on 07725145781 /

Todays team

1. Kevin ANGELL
2. James STARKEY
Ben Hilton
Oliver MASON
5. Oli MASON
Nathaniel BAYET
8. Nathaniel BAYET
James BATH
9. James BATH
James BATH
10. James BATH
12. Ryan CARTER
Jake Murphy
13. Jake MURPHY
14. Luke BERRY
15. Will TOPPS


  • Mark BERRY (16)
    Barnstaple RFC
  • Ashlee CROUCH (17)
    LMC Management
  • Adam LLOYD (18)
    Mike Brend Ground Force
  • Matt GOHL (19)
    MG Tree Care
  • Matt GOHL (20)
    MG Tree Care
Rob Dugard
Rob Dugard
Rob Dugard
11. Rob DUGARD


  • 1. Tommy PHILLIPS
  • 2. Matt GIDLOW
  • 3. Craig WILLIAMS
  • 4. Brad HOWE
  • 5. Luke HATTAM
  • 6. Chris FUCA
  • 7. Mark GRUB
  • 8. Kyle MARRIOTT
  • 9. Jack OULTON
  • 10. Angus TAYLOR
  • 11. Alex DUCKER
  • 12. Joel MATEVASI
  • 13. Pale NONU
  • 14. Matt BOWDEN
  • 15. 15. Brett RULE


  • 16. Jess THOMPSETT
  • 17. Ben PRIDDEY
  • 18. Ben FOX
  • 19. Sam PARSONS
  • 20. Lewis VINNICOMBE
  • 21.
  • 22.


  • Referee: Mr Benjamin RUSSELL
  • AR1: Mr Andy BICKLE
  • AR2: Mr Grant MOSSFORD

Club News

Todays Collection

Most of you know that the former Barnstaple captain Nelly Webber no plays for Redruth although he if not fit for todays game with thought how nice it would be to have todays collection going to a cause very close to his heart. 

As most of you will know, Nelly's girlfriend Carly was involved in an accident which left her paralyzed, while Nelly was our club captain in 2011. 

She's overcome many hurdles since then, and Nelly and Carly were married last year which featured on ITV last week. 

However, Carly still needs significant care to help her live as much of a normal day to day life as possible. For that reason we're holding a collection today in aid of the Carly Taylor Trust. If you're able to give we will have volunteers with buckets around the ground today. 

Pez's Ponderings

Steven PERRYWelcome all,

 Half time team talk........

We started off slowly, apprehensive of the challenge, not sure what the standard would be like, conceding a few scores early. We've then built some scores and gradually got back into the game. We need to focus on the small work ons, adapting our game and playing to our strengths. It's going to be an exciting second half.

The differences between Nat 2 and 3 are well coached sides with distinctive styles of play with a higher quality player. The speed of the game is therefore increased and the length of time teams retain possession for also increases. Defensively teams can defend for long periods whereas in Nat 3 if you got past 3 phases regularly that was acceptable and would produce scoring opportunities. Error is also punished, as sides are ruthless in their execution. 

I hope you, our wonderful support are enjoying this challenge as much as we are. You have definitely made Pottington Road a special place to play. Long may the Barum Spirit continue.

Meeting the challenge provided by excellent opposition, has proven and will continue to be rewarding, especially the development of the players and their ability to adapt to the standard. We have come along way but it is only half time and nothing is decided, we must continue to strive for better performance. 

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.






Boxing Day Fixtures


Chiefs away to Bideford Kick off 2.30pm

Under 16's away to Bideford Kick off 11.30am

Development XV and Buccs at home to Bideford starting at 11am

under 9's at ExeterFreemasons donation to junior rugby 2016Juniors 

The Juniors have had a great year. 



17th Dec 2016

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