As the 15s season comes to an end here are a few words from each of our captains on their respective seasons.
“This season started off strong, but performances tailed off toward the end of the season. Some of the highlights of the season were a 48-0 home win against rivals UWE, and the huge home support for our win against league winners Cardiff at our inaugural Wednesday Night Lights. It was unfortunate to end the season on a loss, but as a young team with only 2 leavers we are looking forward to building into next season.” - Ollie Lyons, 1st XV Captain
“The twos have sadly ended the season at the bottom of the league and thus will be joining the threes next year in the league below. However, it was not all doom and gloom, with much enjoyable rugby played and memories made – what the sport is all about! Moreover, certain individuals shone throughout, many of which will be here next year. In particular, an all fresh backrow Nick Hobbs, Ben Solomon and Jasper will’s dismantling of Plymouth at the breakdown was impressive to watch. Isaac Ijala and Bertie Cole-Fontayn despite being smaller men have scrummaged well against bigger teams and their skills in the loose will shine against defences next year. Fans should also look forward to Harry Cooke and his gliding runs returning next season having dislocated his shoulder just before Christmas. A special note of thanks must go to workhorse James Skirrow, who’s actions on and off the field made the life of a captain that bit easier.” - Lachlan Stewart, 2nd Team Captain
“The 2017/18 season proved challenging for the mighty 3s as the task of rebuilding a successful team from scratch proved tough to begin with. However, the squads hard work and commitment shown throughout the season began to pay dividends and two victories against Gloucester cemented their position in the league. Looking to next season, with a new found bond cultivated on the successful tour to Portugal it is hoped that this set of boys can really show their true potential.
It has been an honour and a pleasure to captain this side. Getting to know the lads on and off the pitch has been fantastic and I wish them all the best with their future endeavours. As a squad we’d like to thank PJ and Rob for their continual support. None of this would have been possible without their commitment and determination to see us succeed.” - Richard Parker, 3rd Team Captain
“The fresher season started a little rocky as we grew to learn each other’s names and playing style however the fresh ones otherwise known as bristol men’s 4ths went on a long run of success which included the highlight of beating the eventual league winners by a large margin in front of a home crowd. Unfortunately the season ended disappointingly league wise but the players have thoroughly enjoyed the step up to men’s rugby. Much thanks must be given to ex-club captain Jules Springer and Chris Goodman who created a sociable but productive atmosphere in training and on match days. They provided insight that was backed up by the second years Andrew Duckworth and James Gibbs. Despite the disappointing end to the season the fresh team can be very proud to nearly achieve a promotion after their predecessors had done so well the year before and had secured their own promotion.” - Angus Wardlaw, Fresh Captain
“It has been a tough season for the 5th team this year, with many games called off and a couple of tough away trips to Exeter. Highlight of the season has to be the 58-0 win against Winchester 2’s. The season has also seen a number of 5th team players step up and play for other teams within the club. This will help in the following season, with respect to restructuring of teams in the club, as it will allow current 5th team members to feel confident to play at a higher levels in UBRFC.” ” - Dafydd Harston, 5th Team Captain
Next season see’s the club take a new step forward in its development. As the 1st XV continue to push for their Super Rugby aspirations the structure of the club will change. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd XV’s will become the performance section of the club all training together in order to maximise and provide a smoother pathway for player development through the club. The 3’s and 5’s will condense into one social team, the 4th XV to provide opportunity for more social rugby, while the 5th XV will be taken by the Fresh 2nd XV that competed in the Tri Counties tournament this year. All other teams, 1st to 4th, will continue to compete in BUCS competitions. The club is excited for this new step in its development and to match will be expanding its current committee to 14 members this year with some new roles.
2018/19 UBRFC Committee:
Club Captain - Hywel Rose
Updated 21:05 - 21 Apr 2018 by Alex Brown
Vice Captains - Gabriel O’Brien and Steve Dickson-Tetteh
Treasurer - Tom Hubbard
Fresh Secretaries - Ben Solomon and Will de le Haye
Alumni Secretary- Jamie Quinn
Social Secretary & Event Managers - Dan Butterfield and Hugh Hamilton Green
Marketing & Webmasters - Alex Brown, Cameron Hughes
Intramural Secretary - Ben Davies
7s Secretary - Rhodri Skyrme
Health + Wellbeing Secretary - Louis Butler