2021 News Archive
Pounds For Pitches Winners: February & March 2021
April 6th 2021
The draws have been held for the February & March editions of Pound For Pitches. 50% of funds goes towards the upkeep of the rugby pitches, whilst the other 50% is handed out in cash prizes!
Here's the list of the recent winners;
J. Fuggle £100
B. Fuggle £100
P. Charlton £50
A big thank-you to all in the draws and congratulations to the recent winners. You have to be in it to win it! Find out how to join, here.
Brachers Renew For 2021/2022 Season
March 16th 2021
The club is delighted to announce that Brachers has renewed for next season as a Platinum sponsor.
With COVID hitting grassroots sports hard over the past year, Brachers are dedicated to help rugby bounce back by continuing their support of the club. Maidstone Rugby Club's association with the local solicitor firm dates back in one form or another to 1906. Both entities have been part of the County Town fabric since the late 1800's and the partnership allows for both institutions to support and benefit each other.
The Brachers logo will continue as the lead sponsor on the 1st Team shirts, as well as advertised in all Maidstone Rugby publications and through our social media platforms. As members, you will be kept informed of the latest goings on with Brachers as well as the club. With a long history, Brachers are the local solicitor firm that you can trust should you need help or services with both personal & business law.
On behalf of the club, we'd like to thank Corporate & Commercial Partner Matthew Simmonds and Business & Marketing Manager Morag Welham for their dedication to the community as well as support of Maidstone Rugby.
To learn more about Brachers, please visit their website , or by clicking their logo at the bottom of our Home page.
MFC VX3 Spring Sale
March 10th 2021
With Rugby return on the horizon as well the reopening of gyms across the country, everyone is looking forward to getting back to normal. The club is having a special Spring Sale with VX3 on kit bundles, for anyone to order if they want a fresh start back to fitness when restrictions are lifted. Or, why not get them now if you are keeping fit at home?!
The RFC bundle contains a sleeveless version of the popular gilet, shorts and gym socks which normally retail together at £85, but has been reduced to just £45.
For the GYM bundle, you can get your hands on shorts, a comfortable MFC vest top and a quality rucksack for £40, which sold individually would cost £55.
To see these and the other fantastic quality MFC VX3 products for all ages, just click here.
MFC Funds For Favours
February 1st 2021
During the lockdown period, members have experienced some home emergencies. What has made matters worse, is that many home repair engineers are not available to make multiple household visits. Leaving some in distress and in need of help.
Recently, a few stories have emerged which has given club VP Dave Charlton an idea. When you are in need, you turn to your friends and at MFC, you have many! There is a plethora of skilled, resourceful and talented members that could help you with your emergency. Some members have already assisted others, but being pals, would not accept payment. Which is where the Funds For Favours idea came about.
If you are in need and a club mate helps you out with the kindness of their heart, you may still feel obliged to do something. So, why not make a small donation to the club instead?
By donating to the club, by even a small amount, you can help keep that place alive which has formed so many friendships over the years. Then you and your mates can enjoy the benefits once more when we are all back to normal.
If you do end up using this idea, please remember HANDS....FACE....SPACE. Ensure that you have masks, gloves and act responsibly when helping each other out. The government has stated that everyone has the right to live in a safe, liveable environment, which makes emergency repair work an allowed activity. Just don't abuse it.
To donate to the club, the account details are;
Maidstone Rugby Football Club Ltd.
Account # 00062872
Sort Code # 30-95-37
MFC On A Journey With Grow-19
April 1st 2021
The Mote Runners are joining Maidstone FC to go on a virtual journey and you can join in too! Our friends at Grow-19 have organised a round the world challenge.
We will be updating them with the miles tracked from our senior squad to help on the journey. If you want to get involved, all you need to do is contact Alexandra Meaders via email at the foundation to let her know how many miles you walked, cycled or ran.
As the miles rack up, their website gets updated with the journey travelled based on the miles received. There are pictures and stories of what we all got up to for a bit of virtual fun.
There is no need to pledge any money, as it's just to provide a little community fun, as well as raise awareness. Donations are of course welcome, as Grow-19 aims to provide additional learning for the ages of 19-25 for those with learning difficulties.
You can see the progress so far by looking at their website here.
The next stop on the trek is Mount Everest!
MFC 6 Nations Fantasy League: Rnd 5
March 27th 2021
An unpredictable 6 Nations came to an end with all of Wales behind Scotland to get an unexpected victory in Paris. A feat not seen for twenty-two years, was duly obliged by the Scots, but not before Les Bleu had already denied Wales of a Grand Slam.
Scotland 52-10 Italy
No less than eight Tries were scooped up by Scotland over a disappointing Italian side. Cherry and van der Merwe both obtained a brace, whilst Hogg racked up twelve points from the boot. The consolation Try for the Azzurri came from Bigi.
Ireland 32-18 England
Ireland were improving as the tournament went on and they put England to the sword. Both sides claimed two Tries a piece, but it was Sexton's boot that was the difference on the scoreboard. Despite the Irish being reduced to 14 men after Aki's red card in the 63rd minute, England just didn't seem to be at the races. When you compare game time minutes between the two sides, it's not a mystery as to why.
France 32-30 Wales
For the neutral, one of the best games to watch for quite sometime. Both sides answering each others scores early on leading the game into the break poised at 17 all. With Wales ahead and Willemse seeing red for the hosts in the 68th minute, there was just twelve minutes left for the visitors to hang on and seal an improbable Grand Slam. Ill discipline cost them and five minutes later they were the ones at a one man disadvantage, as first Faletau and then Williams were sent to the bin. The one man overlap was enough for the French to exploit, as with the last play of the game, Dulin crossed over to break Welsh hearts.
France 23-27 Scotland
In this rescheduled game due to some covid infractions, odds were that France would be pushing for the 6 Nations crown. With Welsh supporters as well as their own behind them, Scotland had other ideas. In an another absorbing game the red card came out once more; this time to Finn Russell. Many years from now someone is going to look at the history books and think that this must have been the most violent 6 Nations ever! Less than two minutes later and Romain Taofifenua saw yellow to even the numbers for the final seven minutes. In fact, there was another eleven to come. Both sides contained each other and then conceded possession. Eventually, after twenty or so phases, a long pass from replacement fly-half Hastings found van der Merwe who sealed Scotland's victory with 84 minutes on the clock.
And the winner is......
Thanks to all for taking part but Charlie was the one who held firm at the top of the table to win themselves some bottles of wine. For the wooden spoon, it would appear Alison was in dire need of one having not completed her team to ensure that she finished last, with that familiar sound at Eurovision for Great Britain...nil points!
Thanks again to all who joined in the fun. Here's to the next one.
March 26th 2021
A lot is happening in preparation for the return of rugby and how we go into the summer, before (hopefully) kicking off a new season in style.
First we start off with the conclusion of the Touch Tournament, beginning on Tuesday 30th March. Please note that even though rugby has returned, only participants, coaches, officials and parents/guardians can attend. Social distancing must be adhered to. Where at all possible, only one parent to u18 should attend.
The tournament will run Tuesday night, Thursday night and Saturday afternoon until the finals day on Saturday 10th April, where RFU referee Tracy Pettingale will be on hand for the final. There will be medals and a trophy presentation. If you are not involved, we are looking at testing a limited live stream for the finals so you can watch if you wish.
The youth section will be back for Sunday training from the 4th as well as weekday evening training. Your age grade coach should be in touch with your timings. Again we would request that visitors to the ground is at a minimum as any non-rugby gatherings still must follow government guidelines.
Senior training will resume from Tuesday 13th April, with strength and conditioning, as well as block training. Everything will cease at the club in May. Throughout June, senior players will be tasked with adhering to their own personal development plans laid out by the S&C coach. Special workshop training sessions will be set up by the senior coaches to work in small focused groups to improve gameplay, such as lineouts, scrums and specialised backs moves. Usual preseason games are being planned with one already being lined up at the club under lights.
When we do begin again, the club will be hosting a welcome back party for its members. Plans are being worked on but we are hoping to provide some free BBQ food and maybe beverages as well. It's our way of saying thank-you and getting everyone together again to put this strange chapter behind us.
MFC Touch Finals Day
April 9th 2021
The Touch Tournament finals day is all set for Saturday 10th April. The Top Pitch is marked and we are pleased to say that the final four teams represent a wide spectrum of the club. The last round of games meant that it went down to the wire, with To Be Confirmed and The Dream Team coming face to face. Alas, the most improved scratch Dream Team from the Colts section just fell short against their counterparts and slipped out of the top four. This meant that DC Comicals made it, leaving the final four being represented by Maidstone youth, senior and veterans rugby!
The games timings are below;
Semi-Final 1: Kick-off 12:05
To Be Confirmed v PC Simpson + The Criminals
Semi-Final 2: Kick-off 12:45
G. Slammers v DC Comicals
Final: Kick-off 2pm
Before the games, the club will hold a minutes applause in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh. An official photographer will be on hand to take photos of the teams and any others. We encourage people to order the photos from the photographer as the club will make a cut of the sales.
RFU referee Tracy Pettingale will referee the final and there will be the trophy and medal presentations.
Please remember that we are still under COVID restrictions. Masks are encouraged and social distancing is still in place. People must NOT gather in groups larger than 6. There is plenty of room around the finals day pitch for parents, players, and officials to watch the game at a safe distance. The clubhouse will be open for the use of the toilet, but no drinks or food.
This should be a great day after a difficult season for the whole of rugby, so please, please be safe and respectful.
MFC Touch Tournament: Rnd 7 & 8
March 31st 2021
The Touch Tournament was back on Tuesday 30th March as friends got their first tastes of normality and interactions, albeit limited, with each other for nearly four months. Everyone was keen to get back and shake off some rust, which thankfully was all that needed shaking off as no significant timber has been added.
The top four has been shaken up as 1st took on 2nd in a double header. The first game was tit-for-tat, with the Slammers coming out victors by just a single score. The second game was just as tight and fiercely contested, which ended in a draw.
PC Simpson + The Criminals had two tricky fixtures against the Dream Team. Will Fox had to scratch his side together due to a lot of work commitments, but fortunately Alex Clarke and Ian 'Horse' Lee were still on hand to show some class. Another tight couple of games, with the youngsters threatening all the time with speedy play from Ollie May, aided by wily set up by 1st XV skipper Lucian Morosan. Alas, experience shone through as PC Simpson's side took the spoils in both games, which needed real grit.
The DC Comicals showed that class is permanent, especially with the trademark show-and-go from Dave Charlton still fooling players both young and senior. A special mention goes to VP Jim Walker, who managed to find himself on the side lines, having been binned for a little exuberance in his touch tackle on Ben Court. A double victory this evening for the experienced troop.
Rounding off the trio of double wins was the The Two Fours as they aim for a second half tournament surge into the top four.
From the standings, it is delicetely poised. To Be Confirmed still hold top spot, but are now equal on points with second and third. PC Simpson + The Criminals moved into second spot, having scored just one more Try than the Slammers. DC Comicals retained fourth spot whilst the Two Fours just nips ahead of the Dream Team into fifth. The Golden Oldies and Ratatouille remain unmoved.
The next two rounds will be back on Saturday from 12pm.
RFU Article: A Nice Touch
January 1st 2021
Maidstone are delighted that the RFU has written a small piece on the Maidstone FC Touch tournament, which featured in their latest information mail out. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the RFU has been keen to see what many clubs have been doing to keep everyone involved.
You can read the article here.
The Great Home Run
February 22nd 2021
Maidstone FC is grateful to the staff and medical teams within the town, working hard on the vaccination programme. In line with this great effort, the Rotary Club along with others are organising 'The Great Home Run', to raise money for several charities within the town. One of which is close to the club, which is the Young Lives Foundation, who you may remember joined us for the last visit of Mike Tindall to the club.
The event is not about running, but about the Maidstone community coming together to hit the Home Run and bounce back together against Covid-19. It's a fun activity, promoting health and well being, as well as being free to enter with prizes up for grabs.
For more details, please visit the Rotary Club's web page here.
MFC Touch Tournament Resumption
March 5th 2021
As the club begins to cement plans for rugby's return over the next few weeks, we need to finish what we started.
The incredibly successful and popular inner-club Touch Tournament now has a schedule for completion. It will be tight, but should ensure that we get a Saturday Finals day in before the official handover to Cricket. More details of the finals day to follow as things become clearer, but for now, the schedule is as follows;
Tuesday 30th March - 7.30pm - 9pm
Saturday 3rd April - 12pm - 2pm
Tuesday 6th April - 7.30pm - 9pm
Thursday 8th April 7.30pm - 9pm
Saturday 10th April
More details will be released in due course and below is how we stood before the break.
MFC 6 Nations Fantasy League: Round 4
March 16th 2021
England finally win, Wales tick another box towards the Grand Slam & Ireland win a thriller.
Italy 7-48 Wales
Wales ran in 7 tries in the Stadio Olimpico to show that the promise of youth in the Welsh side may be here sooner than we could have imagined. Monty Ioane got the sole Try for Italy with a deft kick and chase. An easy day at the office for a side that was expected to finish just above Italy in the final standings.
England 23-20 France
Both sides appeared to throw caution to the wind and turned into a very interesting game. It all looked ominous for the hosts when Dupont crossed the line after sixty seconds and Damien Penaud's score was a move of beauty just thirty minutes later. England held with the French and just a single Farrell penalty separated the sides at the final whistle.
Scotland 24-27 Ireland
If the day before gave us a good game, then these two capped the weekend off in style. The Scots may have scored more tries, but it was the schooled boot of veteran Johnny Sexton that made the difference to the scoreboard in the end.
Only one round left and Charlie still leads the pack. Abi leaps up to second, whilst the biggest slider is Ben Court dropping eight places. A prize is heading the winners way, but can anyone usurp Charlie?
January 28th 2021
It has been a long road, not without its bumps along the way, but we can officially say, the deal is done.
With the lease on the grounds up for renewal, initial negotiations began back in 2009. Many can remember the long emails and diligence sent out from Jon Sargent to the membership on the progress at the start. As with many negotiations, both clubs were tasked with defining what both wanted and try to counter balance that with what was feasible.
Just like Brexit, so many finer details needed to be ironed out and that deal seemed to be an illusive objective.
At the time, President Jim Tinsley took the bull by the horns so to speak driving the process forward, along with former finance officer Rob Lindsay, VP Steve Vincent & the Chairman who was at the time, the Club Secretary. The team spent countless hours in meetings with the Mote Trustees with the expiration date poised over everyone's head like guillotine. With Jim driving the cause on, a deal was finally struck in 2018.
Unfortunately, times had shifted slightly with both clubs not being as successful as they had been. With Detling still very much on the cards, the financial impact within the lease, as well as other points, it was becoming clear that it would not be conducive to both clubs as it stood, sending them back to the negotiating table.
Since 2018 our relationship with The Mote has strengthened as we took a more reflective approach on our co-operations. Being stronger together was becoming more prevalent, and Mote Treasurer and Trustee Paul Heynes has been a bastion of goodwill and optimism. By 2020 a new lease had been agreed which had less financial impact for both clubs, as well as a share of bar profits for games out of season. A sign that things were changing and co-operation was vital more than ever. Both clubs have been building a sports base, welcoming the Mote Runners to the grounds, as well as working closer together on a variety of ideas from grounds-keeping, to business as a whole.
With COVID hitting the sporting world hard, both clubs came together to form a committee ensuring that the clubhouse could be as safe as possible. As well as operate with ever changing restrictions. It also demonstrated that both clubs are indeed stronger together, opening the door for discussions on a joint development of the grounds as an option for the members.
The COVID impact also meant that the finalising of the lease took longer than expected, with delays in paperwork being pushed through as quickly as it normally would.
As of 28th January 2021, we are pleased to report the new lease is final, keeping us here at The Mote for another fifteen years. There are break clauses included, should the development at Detling or indeed the Mote get off the ground.
So many people have dedicated their time and energy on a volunteer basis to achieve the new lease. It is hard to thank all that has been involved over the years. However, we thank Cripps solicitors for their patience and diligence acting on our behalf, as well as Steve Vincent for continuing the dialogue with Cripps as well as the lease extensions whilst negotiations were concluded. the club also thanks the Mote Trustees for their efforts and support as we build for the future.
With a strong relationship, a new lease locked in and the prospect of a joint development, both clubs sit with a bright future once more together. Here's to the brighter days ahead.
Sad News: Victor Hall
February 22nd 2021
The club is saddened to learn of the passing of Victor 'vic' Hall, on February 1st.
Victor played for the Mustang's between 1965 through to 1975 in the second row with players such as Chris Wood, who himself was affectionately named 'Timber'. Victor enjoyed his time at Maidstone both as a player and as a supporter for many years, after his boots had been hung up.
One of his proudest moments was seeing his son Tim taking to the field at The Mote to play for Maidstone wearing his old shirt.
The club sends its thoughts and prayers to the Hall family, at this difficult time.
Victor's funeral will be held at Vinters Park Crematorium on March 11th.
MFC 6 Nations Fantasy League: Round 3
March 1st 2021
With Covid hitting the French camp, some jiggery-pokery on scoring had to be considered. He is the abridged version:
- Scores from the teams that play still count.
- French and Scottish player in your starting XV receive 10pts whilst any on your teams bench receive 5pts.
- Should the game be re-scheduled, no further points will be accrued.
Italy 10-48 Ireland
The team in green have bounced back to winning ways after disappointments against Wales and France. Their 6-Try victory did not gloss over the cracks, but certainly made up for the recent performances. Johnny Sexton (55.6) kicked eighteen points & Will Connors (35.7) crossed for a brace either side of the half. It certainly sets up an intriguing game on Sunday 14th March as they head to Edinburgh.
Wales 40-24 England
Take nothing away from Wales, as they certainly played very well. England at times showed improvement and played some much better attacking Rugby. Apparently there were some questionable decisions from the referee, which is usually the case when a side loses. However, there are not many times when you hear the likes of Jonathan Davies even cringing at something that went in Wales' favour, so maybe there was something to the grievance. What's done is done and congratulations to Wales on their win. If the shoe was on the other foot, many an Englishman would be smirking like Rees-Zammit (56.8) this morning!
The thing that is getting more concerning with sport, more so football than rugby right now, is the use of technology. A dangerous precedent seems to be happening were rules or laws are being adjusted to make decisions easier when reviewed. The concept of TMO's & VAR was to help enforce the laws of the respective games. It appears now, as if the laws are being adjusted to accommodate the technology.
As for our league standings, Charlie maintains his lead on 2,390.8pts, with BBB still close behind on 2,364pts. The biggest climber was Round 1's leader Sully, up to 9th place with 2,073.2pts. The biggest slider was Tuggy, dropping from 7th to 14th with a total of 2,002.6pts.
You cannot read too much into that with only two games played, so here's hoping for a full list of fixtures on March 13th and 14th.
Return To Rugby Update: March 5th
March 5th 2021
We are pleased to be able to publish the RFU's provisional plan for a phased return to full contact rugby. It’s wonderful to see light at the end of the tunnel and will soon be able to resume training and, subject to each step on government’s roadmap being achieved, progress towards contact fixtures and an exciting season of rugby for 2021/22 from September.
Please note the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap has been revised to follow steps on the government roadmap.
You can see the revised roadmap here.
It is hoped that the Youth section will be able to return in some capacity as of Sunday 4th April, as well as training evenings being organised. It is also a desire to complete the popular inner-club Touch Tournament.
The club is due to hand over to Cricket on April 15th, which usually means a cessation of rugby at the club. However, the club will be very much hoping to come to some kind of arrangement with the Mote CC, to allow for some extended rugby activity beyond the regular season.
Plans are for the Club Shop to re-open on Sunday's, albeit with capacity restrictions and mask requirements. The clubhouse is not expected to be open for anything other than toilet facilities upon the initial return. At this point, table service may not be available until May and full service resumed in June.
More as it develops, but the clock is ticking to the first available training session, which would be seniors on March 30th.
RFU School of Ruck for Kids
January 19th 2021
Content for children aged 5-11 to do at home.
Resources are family-friendly, not requiring a teacher or prior subject knowledge. There are fun and diverse activities to do, linking to a multitude of subjects across the National Curriculum. Activities are all loaded as pdfs, accessible at home from mobiles/laptops and most activities won’t even require a printer!
Don’t forget to share your kids’ creations on social and tag @wrugbymuseum and @EnglandRugby.com
Keep fit and healthy and most of all, remember to stay at home.
Take care and enjoy!
Grand Slam Challenge Key Stage 1 5-7 years
Grand Slam Challenge Key Stage 2 7-9 years
Grand Slam Challenge Key Stage 2 9-11 years
The Cabbage Patch Key Stage 1 5-7 years
The Cabbage Patch Key Stage 2 7-9 years
The Cabbage Patch Key Stage 2 9-11 years
The Lost Lucky Boots story - needed for all age groups
The Lost Lucky Boots Key Stage 1 5 -7 years
The Lost Lucky Boots Key Stage 2 7-9 years
The Lost Lucky Boots Key Stage 2 9-11 years
Space Explorers Key Stage 1 5-7 years
Space Explorers Key Stage 2 7-9 years
Space Explorers Key Stage 2 9-11 years
My Marvellous Museum Key Stage 1 5-7 years
My Marvellous Museum Key Stage 2 7-9 years
My Marvellous Museum Key Stage 2 9-11 years
Going for Gold Key Stage 1 5-7 years
Going for Gold Key Stage 2 7-9 years
Going for Gold Key Stage 2 9-11 years
Keep Calm and Turn on the Rugby! Key Stage 1 5-7 years
Keep Calm and Turn on the Rugby! Key Stage 2 7-9 years
Keep Calm and Turn on the Rugby! Key Stage 2 9-11 years
Keep Moving! Key Stage 1 5-7 years
Keep Moving! Key Stage 2 7-9 years
Keep Moving! Key Stage 2 9-11 years
Return to Rugby Update
March 2nd 2021
In anticipation of sports restrictions being lifted at the end of the month, the RFU are now constructing the roadmap for return. It is initially targeted to allow for limited contact training and Ready4Rugby activity from March 29th. Games with adjusted laws are then targeted for April 26th onwards.
The club is working closely with the RFU & Kent RFU as plans begin to take shape.
It is hoped that the Youth section will be able to return in some capacity as of Sunday 4th April, as well as training evenings being organised. It is also a desire to complete the popular inner-club Seven's Tournament.
The club is due to hand over to Cricket on April 15th, which usually means a a cessation of rugby at the club. However, the club will be very much hoping to come to some kind of arrangement with the Mote CC, to allow for some extended rugby activity beyond the regular season.
MFC 6 Nations Fantasy League: Round 2
February 14th 2021
It's Valentine's weekend and the rugby on display was just as enthralling as the first week. Two close contests and some fine individual performances, means that it's all change at the top of our Fantasy League.
England 48 - 18 Italy
Monty Ioane (39.2) needed just two minutes to cross over and punish the hosts. The red roses came back and were a little more adventurous, but still didn't show the kind of form the English had been accustomed too over the past twelve months.
Watson (62.6) got himself a brace, but the highlight ways Jonny May-fly (89.3), diving into the corner to push England further ahead. Our thoughts are with Wasps player Jack Willis (18.1), who bulldozed his way over to score, to only find himself stretchered off not long after due to a nasty knee injury.
Scotland 24 - 25 Wales
Buoyant from their opening day fixture, Scotland looked good for their half time lead, despite Wales still showing signs that they are very much going in the right direction. Wales struck twice after the restart and despite being reduced to 14 men, Scotland managed to restore their lead shortly after thanks to Stuart Hogg's (86.1) 2nd of the game. It was short lived as Rees-Zammit (69.4) impressed once more and hit back just five minutes later with his second, putting Wales a delicate point ahead. For the final eleven minutes, Scotland worked hard, but the Welsh defence matched-up to give the team in red the narrowest of victories in Edinburgh.
Ireland 13 - 15 France
The Irish started brightly and had a Try rightly chalked off before the French woke up. A fine move ended with Charles Ollivon (59.4) scoring for Les Bleus. Burns, Healy and Iain Henderson all departed due to head injuries, which unsettled the hosts allowing France to strike again through Damian Penaud (28.6). Rónan Kelleher (25.1) had just come on and managed to pounce on a loose ball, before breaking the tackle to touch down. It set up another tight finish, but France managed to hold out.
Standings: Week 2
Charlie had a good week moving up into top spot, 60 points clear of BBB, which is very precarious. Whiskey Pete was the biggest climber by 5 places, but conversely, the biggest slider was last weeks leader Sully who drops to 14th. There will be a great prize on behalf of the club for 1st place and a magnificent wooden spoon for the person that finishes last! With so many changes in just two weeks, the competition is far from over.
RFU Turns 150 Years Old
January 19th 2021
On 26 January 1871 at the Pall Mall Restaurant on London’s Regent Street, a meeting took place between representatives from 21 clubs, many of which are still in existence today. The representatives were young men, the average age being 23, many were club captains and together they created the world’s first governing body for rugby football.
At the meeting 20 players were also selected to represent England in the first ever international contest on 27 March 1871 following a challenge of an international fixture issued by Scotland.
Activity to mark the anniversary includes:
The creation of a heritage rose with artwork by renowned artist Chris Wormell taking inspiration from the very first rose featured on the caps of the 1871 team and still features on players’ caps today.
A social media campaign on 26 January inspired by the World Rugby Museum’s RFU at 150 exhibition, charting the evolution of the game in England over a century and a half. A physical version of the exhibition will be available in the World Rugby Museum at Twickenham Stadium at a later date.
A commemorative 150th anniversary book celebrating a century and a half of England Rugby. This coffee table-style hardback will be available to purchase from 21 January at priced £30.
In partnership with Harkness roses, England Rugby will launch a commemorative rose on 1 February.
A limited-edition heritage kit, created by official technical kit partner Umbro and England Rugby, that will launch tomorrow.
Official timing partner, Bremont, are also planning something extremely limited, exciting and fitting to tie into the 150th anniversary celebrations, available 150 years on from that illustrious day when it all started.
There will be lots of other exciting anniversary products launching throughout the year. The RFU will also look to celebrate its momentous milestone further with the community game and with supporters back at Twickenham when it is safe to do so.
RFU President, His Honour Jeff Blackett said: “I am immensely proud to be the President of the Rugby Football Union in our 150th anniversary season. The RFU and rugby in England has such a rich history and it is thanks to the vast amount of work put in by people within the rugby community all over the country.
“These are extraordinary times but we are lucky to have such dedicated volunteers. I would like to pay tribute to all who give so much of their time and expend so much emotional energy so that our young men and women can continue to play the game that we all love. We look forward to marking this special anniversary this year in honour of them.”
RFU Chief Executive Bill Sweeney added: “One hundred and fifty years of rugby union in England is a momentous landmark and is taking place during one of the most challenging times in our history. I do not think anybody could have predicted that the RFU would see out its 150th anniversary in the midst of a global pandemic.
“The recent challenges have shone a light on the spirit and strength of rugby union but the community game is more than a game, it’s a network, it’s a family, a way of life and it will continue to thrive across England for the next 150 years and beyond. I look forward to celebrating with the grassroots game and fans at a later date.”
Over the 150 years that followed the formation of the RFU, rugby has seen key events occur: the purchase and development of Twickenham Stadium; the ‘great schism’ which ultimately lead to the breakaway of some northern clubs to form rugby league; two World Wars to which thousands of community game players made the ultimate sacrifice, alongside the 41 full England Internationals who were lost to the two conflicts. The formation of the Women’s Rugby Football Union, the elite game turning professional in 1995, England hosting the second and eighth Rugby World Cup tournaments in 1991 and 2015; England’s senior men winning the world title in Australia in 2003 and the Red Roses becoming World Champions in Scotland in 1994 and France in 2014, as well as Great Britain’s men winning silver in Rio as rugby sevens made its Olympic debut.
Sad News: Paul Davies
January 13th 2021
The club is saddened to announce that Paul Davies has passed away after a long brave fight with cancer.
Paul played for the club way back in the 70's. When he retired from playing he could be seen supporting the club for most home games and occasional away fixtures. He was always very quick with a wise crack and a great story teller.
He was a loyal club supporter, attending club functions, dinners and lunches.
He will be sadly missed by the club and we send our best wishes to his family & friends at this difficult time.
Ian Wilkinson Steps Down
January 13th 2021
One of the Club's Joint Youth Chairs, Ian Wilkinson has decided to step down from the role he took up over two years ago. During his tenure, Ian worked alongside Dave Smith and Head Groundsman Bob Hayton on pitch allocations for the youth. His diligent and meticulous planning ensuring the youth teams had the best possible use from the pitches.
Ian was also integral with the negotiations with MGS for the 4G Pitch usage and helping continue the long standing relationship with the school. 'Wilki's' straight shooting approach and knowledge of playing a high standard rugby was a tremendous asset to the committee. His knowledge was a vital cog in the wider discussions of formulating a club ethos coaching structure, which should hopefully begin to be cemented when things get back to normal.
After his tenure of diligence, challenging ideas and resolute work, he has decided to step down now as the work load has lessened with the season on hold. Ian remains a huge supporter & sponsor of the club, as well as a lead coach with the Under-16's. The club committee would like to unanimously publicly thank Ian for all of his hard work during his time, and very much leave the door open for his contributions in the future.
Alison Slaughter will now head up the Youth Section as sole Youth Chair. If anybody would like to assist with the role, it would be greatly appreciated, such as the RFU Coaching Co-ordinator role. If you have any questions or would like to see how you can support the Youth section, please contact Alison. Details are on the Contacts page..
MFC 6 Nations Fantasy League: Round 1
February 7th 2021
The 2021 6Nations got underway in the untenanted colosseum in Rome as favourites France got off to an impressive start. Here's the run down of what happened on the first weekend and what points for the MFC Fantasy League had been awarded to players in brackets.
Italy 10 - 50 France
A comprehensive victory over hosts Italy saw Dylan Cretin, Gael Fickou, Arthur Vincent, Brice Dulin and Antoine Dupont (91) crossing the white wash for Les Blues in the first half. Teddy Thomas (112.5) claimed a second half brace with outside centre Matthieu Jailbert (141.4) kicking 15 points. It was Italy's 28th consecutive 6Nations defeat.
England 6 - 11 Scotland
With little rugby played by many of the red roses, the rust was there for all to see. On the 150th anniversary of the RFU's founding and in different shirts, they were almost unrecognisable from the Autumn International outfit. Take nothing away from Scotland, as Finn Russell's (32.3) boot was on target and Stuart Hogg (79.1) pummelling the ball up field turned the screw for an historic Scottish victory in England. Their first since 1983.
Wales 21 - 16 Ireland
An upset was always on the cards here at the Principality, should the Irish take their hosts lightly. They didn't and led at half time, despite being reduced to 14 men. George North (73.6) crossed over in the second period alongside Rees-Zammit (47.2) with Halfpenny (48.5) added extras with the boot. Billy Burns (15.3) will be ruing kicking the ball dead during a nail biting finish, whilst MoTM Alun-Wyn Jones (50.2) reminded us all if we needed it, of his quality.
Standings: Week 1
It may only be the end of week one but SULLY leads the way on 789pts, being chased by Charlie on 784pts. Club Secretary Brian McKeon sits in 13th but at least he is ahead of DoR Steve Oram who finished week one in 17th.
All to play for then as we head to the next round on Valentines day weekend.
MFC 6 Nations Fantasy League
January 30th 2020
We may not be able to watch the 6 nations together, but at least we can have some friendly competition together. The Club Secretary Brian McKeon has got the club set-up for the 6Nations Fantasy League.
We'd like you all to join the clubs league and get involved with the friendly fun. It's free to join and usually provides some good social banter along the way.
Follow the link below and sign up with a username, password and a team name. Once you log in, you should be automatically joined to the MFC League, but if not, you can search for it "League no.17988 : Maidstone RFC". The password is ONBXV. You select your team from the players available, but no more than four from each nation. After every game each player is ranked and every week those rankings points accrued by your players makes up your league points total.
The deadline for signing up Is February 6th at 2pm. Please join in the fun as we follow the tournament and fantasy league with updates.
Follow this link to sign up!
Sad News: Ed Meddings
January 1st 2021
The club is saddened to hear that we have just lost one of our oldest former players, Ed Meddings at the age of 97. Ed passed away peacefully at home in Bath. He came to the Club in the early 1950s and was met by Des Payne who was Captain at the time. He played alongside such MFC stalwarts as John Harrison, Ian Milsted, Basher Bills and Charlie Hitchcock. He would always visit the Club when he came to visit his family in Maidstone and even though he hasn’t been for a number of years, he would always keep an eye on the results and discuss the clubs fortune.
A Wellington bomber pilot in WW2 he then flew commercially until he was 65 and upon retirement he dedicated his life to his beloved Hinton Charterhouse CC where he served as Groundsman, committee member, Chairman and President.
The club extends its condolences to the family and friends of Ed, at this sad time.
Training Remains On Hold
January 2nd 2021
With Kent remaining in Tier 4 & the majority of schools delaying their return, the club has taken the reluctant decision to delay returning to all forms of Rugby training. Kent RFU also recommends this approach.
The RFU is working with the government and we hope to have further clarity from them both, in order to bring Rugby back to our members.
The club is disappointed, but we hope our members understand that the welfare of all players, coaches, staff and everyone associated with the club, must remain paramount.
Harvey Beaton Makes U20 Squad
January 1st 2021
During the pandemic Harvey Beaton had been at his old stomping ground of The Mote, keeping his fitness up. The club is delighted to report that he has now been named as part of the England u20 squad for 2021.
The club extends its congratulations & best wishes, as we admire his strong progress since moving from Maidstone FC to Saracens.
A New Way To View Our History
January 1st 2021
As part of the new website, we have streamlined our club milestones of history. On the History page, you can now scroll through our 140 years of history and view a picture that defined that time. The club is also working on adding more content to this, to make it an easy, dynamic and interactive trip down memory lane.
If you have any content that you would like added, please let the club know.
You can see the timeline, which is best viewed on a desktop, here.
Welcome To Maidstonerugby.com
January 1st 2021
After a long period of time under Vivid Associates, the time has come for Maidstone to move on. Vivid has progressed into bigger and better avenues which we could no longer fit into. However, they kept the site ticking over for us, whilst we found a new home. Our thanks goes to Alistair and Michael for their support and dedication supporting the clubs website. We also wish them all the very best in their new endeavours.
Like moving house, it's a sad time but also an exciting one as we move to a new home in maidstonerugby.com.
If anyone has any suggestions on the website, please let the Admin Team know and they can see what is possible to make this the best user interface as possible.