Message from Terry Burwell. Hampshire RFU Council Rpresentative


As, I hope, you’re aware the RFU is carrying out a strategic review of the Competitions Structure, first introduced in 1987. 


The context for this review is the challenges the Adult Male XV-a-side game is facing in our changing society and how we ensure the competitions structure meets the aspirations and expectations of everyone involved, but particularly the players. 


As part of that process the RFU is asking for input from all interested parties but, ideally we will have the views and opinions of players, current and lapsed, in our Clubs. 


There are no firm proposals at this stage, we are conducting a survey similar to the one HRFU carried out but with links to some models that are being considered.  


The survey asks for a view on these options as well as other relevant questions.



Please encourage everyone with an interest in this very important aspect of the Club Rugby delivery to complete the survey as soon as possible.




Terry Burwell

Hampshire RFU Council Representative

On behalf of the development team and Hampshire RFU I would like to say a massive thank you to ‘Activate Guru’ and Area 2 colleague Tom Mowbray.


Tom travelled down from Hertfordshire yesterday and delivered a very informative Activate CPD held at Eastleigh RFC, in front of approximately 60 coaches represented from our clubs across the county. 


The feedback from the coaches and players involved (Eastleigh U18’s and Solent University Internship Students) was excellent


A massive thank you to Tom for his informative and engaging deliver and first class inter Area 2 support.


Please see attached some photos from the evening and link to Hampshire RFU Facebook



The boys U15 county trials today at HMS Temeraire have been cancelled today due to the bad weather.


Trialists will be informed of new arrangements.

Bill (Willie) Stevens was a Gosport boy, a former pupil of Wellington College, and first played for Gosport & Fareham in the 1950s. He was 1st XV Captain and Club Captain at Gosport 1971-72.


Willie was first capped in the centre by Hampshire in 1959 from US where he was the regular full back. 


He had another two caps in 62/63 & two more in 63/64 out of US (three as a wing, one as fullback) then in 64/65 when he was at Blackheath he had another at full back and another at wing. 


His last match for Hampshire came in as full back in Nov 767 when he was still at Blackheath.


Willie use to broadcast on local radio from Burnaby Road.


He served in the Royal Hampshire Regiment and later in the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force and the TAVR, which led to his reaching the rank of Colonel and being awarded an OBE.


For many years he has been a Vice-President of Gosport & Fareham RFC and he regularly attended the annual Past Captains’ Lunch.


Bill Steven's funeral is to be a private family service.

A Thanksgiving Service has been arranged to take place at St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield, Hampshire SO32 2HY on Tuesday 10 March at 2 p.m. which is open to all who wish to attend.

Attendees are asked to wear bright colours and red socks.




For more details of the Gosport and Fareham website...




Berkshire U16 A's   5 - 25 Hampshire U16 A's

                                        Tries: Bemelmans (2), Kirkham (2), Law


Berkshire U16 B's 24 -  5 Hampshire U16 B's

                                        Try: Hall


Fortunes were reversed this weekend for our U16 A & B squads against Berkshire U16's at Maidenhead RFC.

After an even start, and going 5-0 down, the A's hit a great vein of form and played some very fast and varied rugby to record an emphatic victory 5-25. The dominance of the Hampshire back row was highlighted with a brace of tries each for Jack Bemelmans (7) and Louie Kirkham (8), with a further try out wide by Josh Law midway through the 2nd half. 

The B's came up against a very aggressive Berkshire U16 B team, intent on sucking in our forwards with powerful runs and getting the ball out wide to exploit the space. The B's found themselves 24 - 5 down at half time, with a single Try from Adam Hall to show for their efforts. The 2nd half was a different story and the boys showed tremendous spirit and resilience to compete toe to toe with Berks, negate their effective tactics of the 1st half and draw the half 0-0. Our B's were unlucky not to win that 2nd half, and it would have been no more than they deserved to have done so.


Congratulations to the Hampshire U16 'A' squad for a comprehensive victory and very well done to the 'B' squad for a tremendous fight-back and turnaround.

Next Matches v. Surrey U16 'A' & 'B' on Sun. 1st March @ Farnham RFC. Both matches to KO at 14.00.


Gareth Lewis

Hampshire U16 Team Manager

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