Barnstaple RFC
28th Jan 2017
Todays match sponsors
  • Bray Leino
  • Barnstaple Nissan

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
Sunday 29th January 2017 Junior Games 11am KO
Saturday 4th February 2017 Development XV V Bideford - 230PM ko
Saturday 4th February 2017 Colts V Exeter Youth - 2PM KO
Sunday 5th February 2017 Junior Games - 11am KO
Saturday 11th February 2017 1st V Exmouth - 2pm KO

Welcome to Pottington Road

Welcome to another National 2 South home fixture in Barnstaple Chiefs continuing campaign. Today opponents are the Redingensians and we extend a warm welcome to their players, coaches, committee members and any supporters who have made the trip from Reading and hope you enjoy your day at Pottington Road

We would also like to thank our sponsors for today's game Bray Leino and Barnstaple Nissan. Your continuing support for Barnstaple RFC is hugely appreciated and fundamental to our continuing success and we hope you enjoy a great game of rugby here at today.

Today at half time 2 special events will be taking place firstly Tony Pryce will be presenting the winner of the rugby ball competition with his prize, more on that inside this program including a Q&A with the winner. There will also be a bucket coin collection on behalf of the Hospice by Nat West Bank employees lead by David Rees and his team, whatever funds are raised, the Bank will double for the Hospice. Any donation no matter how small will be welcomed so dig deep people.

Well this league has become a bit unpredictable as far as results go since the turn of the year. The top five are still the same however Taunton drew against Barnes and lost to Cinderford, both games were home fixtures. Cinderford also got another away win at Bishops Stortford and Exmouth almost pulled off the shock result losing away to Redruth by just 1 point last Saturday.

Barnstaple have yet to win in 2017 but were so close at home against Chinnor losing in the last few minutes to a penalty, whilst their two away games were also close affairs with The Chiefs picking up 3 bonus points on the road so far. The way this league is going those bonus points will be vital at the reckoning, especially with the promotion and relegation changes to all the Nation Leagues and Championship following what has happened to London Welsh. 

Redingensians have also not managed to win in 2017 with two of their games playing against promotional favourites its been a tough start to the year for them as well but they have managed two losing bonus points to keep the points tally ticking over and will be pumped today to try and record their first victory of 2017. So we need everyone in full voice today and let that Barum Roar ring out.

We are sadden to report the sudden death on Tuesday of regular supporter and member Chris Willis aged 84 years. The Reverend Chris Willis was one of the members of the Saturday luncheon club (Golden Oldies) that meet to enjoy a meal before every Chiefs home game. We understand that Chris was taken ill on Monday and was admitted to the RD&E Hospital at Exeter with chest pains. he passed away early the next morning FROM a fatal heart attack. Chris was a respected and well loved resident of Chittlehampton where he was well known as a friendly humble man who had time for everyone. Chris was involved in numerous charititable organisations including Chaplain of West Buckland School, First Director of The Calvert Trust, Chairman of Go North Devon and The Samaritans. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. There will be a minutes silence held before today's game to honour his memory.

Good luck to both teams today and lets see a great game of rugby before we retire to the bar.


Devon Merit Table 1

Team Pld W D L F A +/- B Pts
Okehampton 19 18 0 1 672 191 481 55
Exmouth 19 16 1 2 600 182 418 52
Barnstaple 19 15 0 4 640 265 375 45
Newton Abbot 21 10 2 9 544 415 129 43
Cullompton 21 11 0 10 425 425 0 43
Tiverton 21 10 0 11 418 510 -92 41
Ivybridge 20 14 0 6 619 295 324 40
Crediton 21 9 1 11 394 471 -77 40
Brixham 20 9 0 11 265 476 -211 34
Devonport Services 22 8 0 14 330 481 -151 30
Paignton 20 4 1 15 255 835 -580 29
Bideford 21 3 1 17 283 629 -346 23
Sidmouth 20 2 0 18 187 457 -270 11

Upcoming Events


2nd February - World Cancer Day BINGO - EYES DOWN 730pm 


Saturday 13th May 2017 - Club End of Season Dinner 

More information will be coming very soon so please keep your eyes open

Saturday 20th May 2017

DEVON V KENT at Barnstaple RUGBY CLUB   



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. 

'The Wall’

You may notice in the main bar the red and black image of our front row from a few seasons back has now gone (hopefully to be re-sited elsewhere). This is to be replaced with an exciting new project that will involve of all you as our club supporters. Watch this space for more news in the very near future.

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

Todays team

1. Kevin ANGELL
2. James STARKEY
Ben Hilton
Matt Hague
6. Matt HAGUE
8. Matt GOHL
James BATH
9. James BATH
12. Ryan CARTER
Jake Murphy
13. Jake MURPHY
14. Will TOPPS
15. Will TOPPS


  • Mark BERRY (16)
    Barnstaple RFC
  • Ashlee CROUCH (17)
    LMC Management
  • Oli MASON (18)
    South West Metals
  • Kyle SPEARE (19)
    Mole Valley Farmers
  • Luke BERRY (20)
    Tarka School of Gymnastics
Rob Dugard
Nathaniel BAYET
7. Nathaniel BAYET
Linford BROCK
11. Linford BROCK


  • 1. Jack STEADMAN
  • 2. Ben HENDERSON
  • 4. Phil HOLY
  • 5. Colin THOMPSON
  • 6. Ollie TAYLOR
  • 7. Tom VOOGHT
  • 8. Ross CRAME
  • 10. Jacob ATKINS
  • 11. Conor CORRIGAN
  • 12. Dan BARNES
  • 13. Steve BRYANT
  • 14. Jak ROSSITER
  • 15. Sam GUTTRIDGE


  • 16. Kieran BALL
  • 17. Antony MARRIS
  • 18. Andy AMOR
  • 19. Craig NIGHTINGALE
  • 20. Ollie FOXLEY
  • 21.
  • 22.


  • Referee: Mr David CONWAY
  • AR1: Mr Dave PHILPOT
  • AR2: Mr Andrew COLES OBE

Club News


 And how it will effect us....................

Doubtless you will have heard about the RFU's decision that London Welsh cannot continue in the Championship. The impact on promotion and relegation is covered in RFU regulation 13.2.8. Its effect on our clubs can be summarised as follows.

Championship     No club will be relegated

National 1            Top of league will be promoted to the Championship. Bottom two clubs will be relegated to National 2

National 2           Top team in each league will be promoted. Second placed teams in the two leagues will play off and the winner will be promoted to National 1. Bottom two clubs in both leagues will be relegated to National 3. The playing records of the two clubs in 14th position in their leagues will be compared and the one with the poorest playing record for the season will be relegated to National 3.


Pez's Ponderings

Steven PERRY
Welcome all,

Since the Christmas break we have had 3 very close games against seasoned National 2 opposition, picking up bonus points in all. Watching the games back, it's really pleasing to see how much we've improved in all aspects. This is clearly reflected in our Chinnor results losing  76-5 early on and 15-17 recently.
The league table does not lie and we will have to continue challenging ourselves making marginal gains every week to convert performances into victories.
Looking forward to watching today's game, it should be a confrontational cracker.
Thank you as always for your continued support, there is nothing better than the Barum faithful in full voice. Feel the Barum Spirit



The Winner of The Tony Pryce rugby ball  design competition is... Ruben Chugg

Ruben ChuggTeam: Barnstaple U9’s  

Ruben is the latest in a long line of Chugg’s to pull on a Barnstaple shirt, father (Jeremy) and grandfather (Stewart) both captained Barum and Devon whilst grandmother Mary was the first female president of an English RFU side. Those long-term supporters of Barnstaple will have seen Ruben grow up with a rugby ball in his hand. Most Saturdays his white hair can be seen bobbing above the railings as he plays with his friends on the second team pitch and not a week goes by without him dragging his parents down to practice his kicking. Ruben is very committed to his rugby, in his seasons at U7’s and U8’s he didn’t miss a single training session or match. Ruben is aiming higher than his family before him; his ultimate goal is to play for England and the British Lions as a fly-half – but will settle with scrum half if the Chugg gene’s stick with him and he struggles for height!




What its all about.......... 

Back in September Tony Pryce held a colouring Competition, which went out through all their stores and the local rugby clubs. They had loads of entrees, but they got it down to 5. Then it was up to the PUBLIC... People had to vote for their favourite, this is where Barnstaple supports came good a again and got behind young Ruben with Likes and share and retweets that went worldwide on Facebook and Twitter was amazing. Which saw him winning, beating  2 others from Barnstaple, 1 from Taunton and 1 from MInehead. 

We asked Ruben some questions about himself and his rugby career to date..........

Birthday: 26th December 

Height: 131cm              Weight: 28kg

Favourite Colour? – Red (like a Barum shirt)

Favourite Food? – Tortellini Bolognaise from Giovanni’s

Favourite Barnstaple Player? – Jordan Petherbridge and Winnie

Favourite Exeter Chiefs Player? – Gareth Steenson and Jack Nowell

Favourite player of all time? – Jonny Wilkinson

Best Player to come out of Barnstaple? – Dave Lewis, my dad and me

What do you want to be when you grow up? – Professional rugby player

What do you like about rugby? – Smashing people

What do you dislike about rugby? – Getting cold

Toughest player you’ve played with or against? – Ethan Bowden

Best achievement in rugby so far? – Winning the Tigers Tour Cup last year

Any other highlights? – Jonny Wilkinson seeing a video if me practising and tweeting my mum to say I had awesome skills and to keep up the good work.

What do you do when the rugby season is over? – Play cricket and continue to practice my rugby

Who has been your biggest inspiration in rugby so far? – dad, grandad, Ross and Tom Swales

Who cleans your boots? - It’s supposed to be me but normally I put them on dirty.


28th Jan 2017

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