Exmouth RFC - ready for the new term

PUBLISHED: 10:25 08 September 2011

Exmouth 2nds played their Barnstaple counterparts at Exmouth's Imperial ground on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 7764-36-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Exmouth 2nds played their Barnstaple counterparts at Exmouth's Imperial ground on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 7764-36-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Exmouth RFC - a look ahead to the new season and a look around the Cockles camp.

Exmouth RFC consolidated its position in National League Three (SW) last season finishing in mid table, the highest position in their history; ranked within the top 100 English clubs. This was an incredible achievement for a wholly amateur team, playing in a semi-professional league. The highlight of the season has to be winning

the Devon Senior Cup against Newton Abbot at the Rackerhayes, making Exmouth RFC champions of Devon.

Chris Wright continues as the Director of Rugby, assisted by Roger Holman, and they are confident that the club will continue to go from strength to strength with our talented group of players. The Cockles coaching team has to take some credit for the progress made last season, and Jon Hill, together with his team of Jon Fabian, Dave Kimberley, and Alan Pyne, are confident that Exmouth RFC can build on the successes of the last campaign.

This season Bob Armstrong has been added to the coaching team, while Nick Southern will be working with Graham Price coaching the Quins. In addition, there is a new club captain, Ross Morshea.

The impact of the coaching team has already rippled through the senior squads, resulting in the Quins, last season, winning their Devon Merit Table and the Nomads

were runners-up in theirs. The Quins will once again be under the direction of Chris Witkiss, and Robbie Lowe continues to manage the Nomads, following an impressive first season in charge.

Off the field, Dr Simon Kay, and the rest of “Doc’s” physiotherapists provide first rate medical cover, second to none in the South West. The club also provide a dedicated medical service for Junior Rugby on Sundays with Cross Country Medical in attendance providing one of the highest levels of medical cover at any rugby club on the day.

A number of players have joined Exmouth during the closed season to offer greater strength in depth throughout the senior squad.

In addition, some of last year’s Colts have stepped up to senior rugby and are already pressing for selection.

Guiding the Cockles Colts are coaches Mike Davison and Mike Loaring.

This season will see a number of new visitors to the Imperial Recreation Ground, as well as trips to local rivals Barnstaple and Newton Abbot. Exmouth RFC will get to play Newton Abbot three times, in the league home and away followed by the first round of the Devon Senior Cup, on Saturday, November 5, at Exmouth.

The Cockles Juniors continue to be under the management of chairman, Nigel Middleton and will no doubt continue to thrive and be successful across

all age groups. A number of the Cockles Juniors last year achieved county honours and should be congratulated. Exmouth girls rugby grows from strength to strength, and they also won representative honours. Thirty five years of strong junior rugby ensures that Exmouth RFC will prosper into the future and emphasises our philosophy of being a family club, which brings its own enjoyment and rewards.

The club operates 14 Junior teams from combined boys and girls rugby at 5 to separate rugby for both at Under 13. All age groups get to compete once a year in the Devon County Festivals and the Boys Under 13 to 16’s have an additional cup competition to take part in. All squads have space for extra players and we would welcome any child interested in taking part with little or no experience to someone looking for a higher level of rugby with fully qualified RFU coaches backed up by the senior coaching team and players.

The Cockles are one of only 60 clubs in the whole South West to hold a Seal of Approval from the RFU for our Mini and Junior Rugby which is a national recognised Sports England award called Clubmark.

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