Hot on the heels of Adam Howard’s return to the Avenue, we can now announce that Reece Ward will also be returning to Wharfedale next season after a year away at Rotherham Titans in National 1.
 
Reece clocked up 56 games in two previous seasons at the Avenue after joining from Old Brodleians and impressing in the Yorkshire U20’s side. A rock solid prop forward, his Rotherham stint was blighted by injury and Reece is looking forward to getting back on track at Wharfedale.
 
Always popular with supporters and team mates alike, we are delighted to welcome Reece
As we look forward to the start of training next week, we can announce that Adam Howard is returning to Wharfedale for the new season after three seasons over the border at Preston Grasshoppers.
 
Always a firm favourite with the supporters, Adam’s ability to play in all three rows of the scrum plus his powerful running and uncompromising tackling will be a great addition to the squad and we are delighted to welcome him back to the Avenue.
The club would like to offer its congratulations to committee member, long-term Wharfedale stalwart and Malhamdale farmer Neil Heseltine on his election as chair of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. This is a vital role in our community and Neil’s election has been widely welcomed.The YDNPA announcement can be read at https://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/local-farmer-to-lead-national-park-authority/
 
Neil was a key member of the Wharfedale sides that rose through the leagues in the 1990’s, making his 1st XV debut in 1989 against Wigan in North 2, signing off 170 games and three promotions later in 2002 against Orrell in National 2. He is
The RFU have published an outline Roadmap for the return to rugby with options for what the competitive season 2020/21 might look like. The Roadmap comprises six stages, each dependent on progressive government relaxation of social distancing restrictions. We are currently at Stage B, with small group non-contact training permitted subject to social distancing rules. Full competitive contact rugby will not be permitted until we reach Stage F, which requires the complete removal of all social distancing.
 
As the removal of social distancing rules may be some way off, RFU have set out three options for the 2020/21 league

It is with regret that we have to report that Jim Holmfield, one of our Life Members, died on 30 June.

Jim was one of the many hardworking servants that the club is fortunate to have had. He wrote match reports back in the 1975/78 Seasons for the second XV, and also served on the selection committee. He will however be remembered most of all for his phenomenal work as Team Secretary for some 30 years from 1978 until 2008. Each week, he would ring every player in all 4 teams (and occasionally 5) to tell them in which side …

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