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Welcome to the 2017/18 season

I am delighted to be able to write this welcome message for you as Chairman for a third year.
We had a very full season, on and off the field, with four senior teams playing regularly, a busy Old Bustards Veterans team, an emerging Women's team, Walking Rugby, and of course our thriving Minis and Juniors.  Off the field, we have been busy fund raising and planning for Project All Change, our new changing rooms, seeking sponsorship, increasing our room hiring’s and organising events in our clubhouse so ably run by Vince Hayward.

Our 1st XV moved leagues for the fourth consecutive year but this time it was down from National League 3 (SW) to South West 1 East.  However the team played some exceptional rugby in a largely semi-pro league, winning seven games and losing several very close, winnable, games. It was a big step up for us and in the end perhaps our game management wasn't quite good enough and our squad not experienced enough against some very canny and well established sides.  However we learnt a lot and the coaching team and the players are determined to gain promotion this year.

Our coaching team has been extended further by Stewart Roderick (Director of Senior Rugby) and Neil Loader (Head Coach) so that we are able to provide coaching for all our senior players.  This paid off last year when our 2nd XV, guided by Richard Lloyd and Mark Saunby, and captained by Rich Roe, won the D & W Cup, beating North Dorset in the final.  Our 3rd and 4th teams also had full, enjoyable and largely successful seasons, as did our Old Bustards, organised and led by Hamish Morton.  We now see the Old Bustards as relatively young players because Pat Clash has set up a formidable “Walking Rugby” group for women of any age and men over 50.  Watch out for them!

Amanda Foster is working very hard with RFU support to grow our Women's team and we look forward to seeing them play this season, whilst our Girls team continues to develop very successfully under Geoff Wilman.

Youth rugby is thriving from the U6s to the U17s with increasing numbers and importantly a growing number of qualified coaches helping all players develop their skills, and play and enjoy their games in the right spirit.  We are very hopeful that this year's U17s will provide a Colts side, playing their games on Sunday afternoons and I am really looking forward to having a regular Colts side again, particularly this year when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our first Colts team.  It is so important to our development.

Our work in the community grows on several fronts.  We are running RFU sponsored “Pitch up and Play” sessions and an “All Schools” programme with our coaches helping secondary schools around Salisbury to develop rugby.  Mark Lerpiniere is doing great work here: many of these students (boys and girls) are now with the club and other schools are joining the programme.  We are also developing stronger links with the Army through our Army Liaison Officer which has encouraged Army players of all abilities to join us.  We have an Army team “The Griffins” using our club as their home ground on Wednesdays and I am hoping to sign shortly a more formal covenant with the Army to reinforce these links and develop more.

Our “Project All Change” to provide new changing rooms so that we continue to grow as a club able to safely provide rugby for all is progressing.  We have detailed planning permission and now a Project Team planning to start building summer 2018.  This will depend of course on whether we raise sufficient funds.  We need £600,000 and we xpect to get £300,000 from the RFU, Sport England and other organisations, leaving us to raise £300,000 ourselves.  At October 2017 we have reached £170,000 so it still means we need a keep up the big push to achieve our target this season. A real disappointment has been how few members have supported this crucial fund raising so far – we have reached this figure through the hard work of our Board, and our small Steering Group, with generous sponsorship from some businesses, and donations and support from very few of our members.  We must not fail so, if you possibly can, make a donation or create a standing order, organise or attend an event.  Watch out for the “Project All Change” publicity and please try to help in any way you can.

Finally, please enjoy the season and thank you all for your continuing support for Salisbury RFC, whether as player, other member, one of our very committed volunteers, or as someone who supports us pitch side, at events, or in the bar.  You are the club and its future.


Best wishes,

Richard Larcombe

Chairman of the Salisbury Rugby Club


Salisbury RFC is a thriving Rugby Club with over a thousand members.

We have a history that stretches back over 100 years, providing rugby and social opportunities for the people of Salisbury and the whole of the South Wiltshire, North Dorset and West Hampshire areas.


Our success isn’t just the number of active players appearing in our teams each weekend: four Senior Teams, Veterans, 300 minis, 120 Juniors & Colts, but also the pride we have in producing alumni such as Mike Brown (England), Tom Heathcote (Scotland), Mikey Daniels (Worcester), Tom Homer, Rory Jennings, Will Homer (Bath), Ollie Goss (Leeds Carnegie), Matt Evans (Cornish Pirates and Canada), Alex Penney and Phil Chesters (Ealing Trailfinders) and of course in earlier times Richard J Hill (England), Dave Egerton (England) and our other Richard Hill (England and the British Lions), Rugby World Cup winner and current England Team Manager.


Our current major plans are to establish the burgeoning girls section, develop a Senior Ladies team and build a state of the art changing room block that benefits all our players and the volunteers that make it happen.


We are affiliated to the Rugby Football Unionand Dorset and Wiltshire RFU. <we can supply url links to these>

We compete in National League South West (1st XV), Dorset & Wilts 1 South (2nd XV), Dorset & Wilts 2 South (3rd XV) and Dorset & Wlts 3 South (4th XV).

Playing colours: Emerald and White, White shorts, Green socks, with a change strip of Royal Blue and Gold hoops. Read the history about our club colours.

Registered Office, Clubhouse and ground:

Castle Road


  • Richard Anthony Hill MBE

    Richard Anthony Hill MBE

    British and Irish Lions, England
  • Richard John Hill

    Richard John Hill

  • David Egerton

    David Egerton

  • Mike Brown

    Mike Brown

  • Tom Heathcote

    Tom Heathcote

  • Matthew Evans

    Matthew Evans

  • Cadan Murley

    Cadan Murley

    England U18
  • Marcus Olsen

    Marcus Olsen

    England U21
  • Tom Homer

    Tom Homer

    England U20
  • Rory Jennings

    Rory Jennings

    England U18
  • Will Homer

    Will Homer

    England u20
  • Stuart Bellinger

    Stuart Bellinger

    England Sevens
  • Garry Markham

    Garry Markham

  • Eddie Griggs

    Eddie Griggs

    England Colts
  • John Murley

    John Murley

    England U16
  • Phil Chesters

    Phil Chesters

    England Counties
  • Andrew Henderson

    Andrew Henderson

    England Counties
  • Andy Janes

    Andy Janes

    England U16
  • Alexander Watt

    Alexander Watt

  • C R Potter

    C R Potter

    England Schools
  • Roy Harding

    Roy Harding

    England U18
  • Josh Gray

    Josh Gray

    England U18
  • Xavier Hastings

    Xavier Hastings

    England U18

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Our History


Salisbury Football Club Formed, teams selected to play under both Association and RU rules Games played at The Butts.


Salisbury Football Club disbanded.


Salisbury Rugby Football Club formed

1923 - 1930

Salisbury RFC reform after WW1 playing alongside the 'Norman Court Normans' at W. Tytherley and Victoria Park


Club move to Castle road, playing on “the Prairie” in Hudson's Field


The 'Normans' and Salisbury combine as Salisbury RFC playing their games at Laverstock


Wartime Rugby starts, home games at BWS, lack of players forcing suspension in 1941


Salisbury RFC reforms and plays at Bishops Wordsworth School


Transferred to the current ground at Castle Road


Colts Rugby Starts


Mini Rugby started


Current Clubhouse Opened


The first Salisbury RFC Mini Festival


Floodlights installed on the Main Pitch


League Rugby starts, Salisbury enter at level 4 of the National Leagues


Clubhouse extended with the "Green Room", since re-named The Tony Murley Room


Richard Hill becomes our first British Lion


Salisbury Rugby celebrates its centenary


Project “All Change” launched


Our Colts celebrate 50 years


Women power - our first female Chairman Nicola Rawnson and the Womens team re-form

Salisbury RFC
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