Dear Member,

As we approach the new season preparations are moving forward, player training has started, new team members are signing up and work is commencing on a very major project to install a new boiler for the clubhouse and most importantly provide hot water for the teams!

Due to this very uncharted period we have a huge task to be ready for the new rugby season as the actual start date is fluid. The RFU have given an indication of the shape of the new season based on three starting windows, namely September, October/November or January start. A fixtures …

Martin’s funeral will take place at St Wilfrid’s Church, Burnsall, at 11.00 on Friday 31 July. Owing to coronavirus restrictions which limit attendance in church to 30, this will be a private family funeral. Dot hopes to arrange an open memorial service in due course when restrictions are lifted. If club members wish to pay their respects to Martin on Friday, they may wish to line the route through the village before the service. It is understood that the cortege will leave the family home at the top of Hartlington Raikes at 10.40, progressing down the Raikes and across Burnsall

In recent years we have participated in the Natwest sponsored RFU RugbyForce Day involving a considerable number of volunteer helpers. For obvious reasons, this year things are somewhat different and the NatWest RugbyForce Day has been postponed. We will therefore be holding a mini Workforce Day of our own at the club on Saturday 1 August for about three hours starting at 09.00a.m.

All work to be carried out will be outside of the building and will involve a variety of tasks including the washing down of the advertisement boards, cleaning and repainting of the lower parts of the floodlights …

We are sad to report that Martin Scriven died today.

“Scriv”, as he was affectionately known, was one of the most ardent supporters the club had. He arrived at the club in the 1960s as a fullback or wing and had the reputation for coming off the field with a remarkably clean white pair of shorts many times, whatever the weather. Once asked by Clarty how this came about, and had he actually played, his retort was “I may be feckless but I am fearless”.

He was Treasurer from 1973/4 until 1986/87 season and as befits a Chartered Accountant, did …

We are delighted to announce the signing of Ryan Carlson for the 2020/21 season. Ryan is an exciting back row talent who was selected in the Rugby Paper’s N2N team of the season after a string of outstanding performances in a difficult year for Preston Grasshoppers. He is a proud old boy of Pretoria Boys High School, a great SA rugby nursery in Johannesburg which also produced 2007 RWC winning captain John Smit. From school, Ryan progressed to captain the Blue Bulls U19s and then to top Durban club side College Rovers whilst also being involved in the Natal Sharks
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