It has been a year of transition for the club. The 1 st XV have been faced with the daunting task of BUCS South A Rugby, its highest ever level, taking on the likes of Cardiff 1s and Bristol 1s. The 2 nd XV have also been promoted to BUCS South East 3B where they have been competing against several 1 st XVs in the region. The 3 rd XV has also been consolidating themselves in the BUCS Leagues, consistently fulfilling their fixtures and improving upon each of their previous performances. We have also been lucky enough to retain Grasshopper RFC for Monday night training, which has enabled us to continue using the three floodlit pitches they have on offer. In addition, we have been able to provide several players to them for Saturday fixtures and hope to continue this mutually beneficial arrangement long into the future. The committee has also been tasked with retaining the social traditions of the club in some less than ideal circumstances. The removal of the bar at Berrylands was a real shame and I am sure I speak for us all in saying that it will be remembered fondly. A special mention must go to our social secretaries Greg O’Meara and Jack Hall for making Fresher Drinks Part I and II a success in spite of the fact these moved away from Berrylands. Furthermore, in spite of the fact that KCLSU has had a particularly close eye on the club as a whole, it has been fantastic to see all club members remaining undeterred and retaining the offfield values of the KCLRFC. Finally a special mention must go to our kit sponsors for this year. With Western Union unable to continue their sponsorship of the club, we were able to secure a new deal with ADL Drywall Systems for 1 st XV kit sponsorship as well as sponsorship of the club kit. It was also fantastic to retain PhOx & Co as kit sponsor and retain a key link with the Rugby Alumni.
1st XV Report
The end of the first term sees the close of an interesting start to the 2016/17 for KCLRFC 1st XV - A season marred by horrendous luck, tremendous determination and one too many trips over the border to Wales. I could go on an explain in depth every game we have played this season and analyse why it is that we have fallen short on each occasion, but the simple answer is that we are just too good and we let the opposition win on purpose. All joking aside, we are simply a very determined and talented group of players who have had a hard time adapting to a league fit for university 1st teams with resources and facilities on a scale well beyond our own. Although the changes being brought into the club are helping create a more professional environment, the substantial improvements needed on and off the pitch may take some time to implement and adapt to given the head start others in the league have had. Beginning the season with a 14-man injury roster was never going to be the makings of a Leicester style underdog season, but we didn't let that stop us from pressing forward with the job at hand. Even given this, King's 1st XV have week in week out produced some inspiring and scintillating rugby which in my opinion has not yielded the results it deserves. Our defensive efforts this season against some of the country’s top university opposition - including the likes of Bristol and Cardiff 1st XV's -has been something that everyone associated with the club can be proud of – the never say die attitude shown by every player that has put on the 1st XV jersey so far this season has been a credit to everyone who has gone before us. We will regroup, eat well, drink lots and recover over the festive season and return with a nearly fully fit squad (we might even have a front row) ready to press onwards towards our season goals; cementing our place in BUCS Premiership A, destroying those Guy's campus fairies and obliterating the godless scum up the road who will be losing Varsity for the 4th year in a row. Yours in cautious optimism , Matthew James Radley.
2nd XV Report
Having joined the seconds a little tardily, I have slotted in under Jordoniums leadership. A strong leader leading an even stronger team. With Blaise as a very questionable yet confident nine (putting the ball in the wrong side of the scrum... on more than one occasion), we knew we’d be a force to be reckoned with this season. As is the case with the rest of KCLRFC we may not have the points or the ‘Ws’ to prove this, yet our (blind) confidence has not been dented. With Logan as top chopper of the term and Nathan resisting the urge to storm the pitch on multiple occasions, the highlight of the term was undoubtedly Ray Mears’s red card catastrophe. Now whilst this is a controversial topic, I think we should all just ‘’get back’’. Win or loose however we remain an outstanding bunch of chaps proud to pull on the King’s jersey. Yours in rugger, Seb Silicon
3rd XV Report
The Third XV with Bopper the leader and us the humble disciples, started the year with a mixture of eagerness to learn and a French-English dictionary, above all else a willingness to attend every walkabout. Starting the season with a “Just run forward” approach we have formed into a team that can now pass… and catch the ball. As the games went by we bettered the previous week’s performance, our progress aided by a cameo appearance by Blaise-El Presidente, as coach. Although the scores may not reflect our improvements, Glasmacher’s try saving tackles and Dylan Watson’s solid step, nothing can deny our ability to sesh! Yours in rugger, Seb Silicon (Again)
Rob Tagg - Saturday 4th Febuary - Berrylands
This is one of, if not the biggest day of the season for the club as we take on the Old Boys in memory of Rob Tagg, a KCLRFC player who sadly passed away in 1999 after sustaining a serious injury. It's a great opportunity to meet the Old Boys, many of whom are highly successful, and experience the wondrous Saturday Walkabout. Attendance is compulsory so clear your calendars and get yourselves down for a riproaring good time.
Varsity - Friday 17th March - Allianz Park
Get down to Allianz Park the home of Saracens where the chaps will be putting the godless enemy scum to the sword for the 4th consecutive year!
Macadam Cup - 22nd March Honour Oak Park