The National Clubs Association have taken the sad, but to most people inevitable, decision to cancel the proposed national NCA Cup which it had planned to launch for the second half of the season.

The NCA Cup was an innovative response to the curtailment of league rugby which offered a combination of pool and knock out matches across both National 1 and 2, but the continuing pandemic restrictions make it impossible for the competition to go ahead.

Wharfedale RUFC nevertheless remains committed to getting as many players as possible back on the pitch as soon as regulations permit. To this …

Yes – we all know that – and now readers of The Rugby Paper know it as well, following a profile of our forwards/defence coach Jon Skurr in the 3 January edition of TRP.

The article focuses on Jon’s playing career with Wakefield, Sedgley Park and Rotherham, including winning the 2002 Middlesex Sevens with a Bradford Bulls RL squad that included Jon Feeley and Robbie Paul when cross-code matches were all the rage. It also traces Jon’s coaching career with Ireland men’s and women’s 7s teams and then Yorkshire before being persuaded to join up with Jon Feeley again at …

We wish all our members and supporters a Happy New Year – although it is difficult to find anything to celebrate in the current circumstances.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening, community rugby is back at Stage A on the RFU roadmap which means that all training activity for seniors and mini/juniors is now suspended indefinitely.

Much as we would like to be able to continue with rugby activities given the extensive investment in secure protocols, this is simply not permitted and we are all required to stay at home as much as possible. With the latest lockdown …

As this challenging year draws to a close, we wish all our friends and supporters all the joy of the festive season. Whilst we are aware that many will be missing loved ones at what is usually a time of togetherness and happiness, we hope you will all take a moment to celebrate the fellowship of rugby and the bonds of the Wharfedale community.

Despite the difficulties of the past year, the club remains strong and healthy. We offer particular thanks to our sponsors, Cavalry Club and loyal members who have continued to support the club financially despite the absence …

Following Saturday’s government announcement and the worsening public health conditions with significantly increased infection risk, we are sorry to announce that the much anticipated return to rugby Boxing Day fixture against North Ribblesdale has been cancelled.

Membership secretary Stuart Willis will be in touch with all who have bought tickets in order to arrange refunds.

Thank you.

Robert Fort, Chairman, Wharfedale RUFC

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