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Worthing Rugby Football Club

Worthing
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Full name Worthing Rugby Football Club
Founded 1920;  (1920)
Location Angmering, West Sussex, England
Ground(s) Roundstone Lane
Coach(es) Ireland Kieron Dawson
Captain(s) England Matt Miles
League(s) National League 1
2012–13 2nd
Official website
http://www.worthingrfc.com/

Worthing Rugby Football Club is an English rugby union team playing in the third tier of the English rugby union league system; National League 1. The first XV, nicknamed the Worthing Raiders were runners-up to Henley Hawks in the National League 2 South last season and qualified for a play-off against the runners-up of National League 2 North, Stourbridge winning 28–26.[1][2][3] In doing so, the club became the first club from Sussex to play in the third tier of English rugby.[4] The club also has a number of other teams, and whilst their 2nd XV is non-league, their 3rd XV currently plays in the Sussex Spitfire 1 league.[5]

History

A group of local sportsmen meeting at York House formed the club on the 10 September 1920.[6] They had no ground or equipment,[6] and initially borrowed a field from a local farmer off Wallace Avenue in West Worthing[7] before moving to the Rotary Ground at Broadwater.[6] In the 1924-25 season the club moved to Rugby Road in West Worthing. The Rugby Road ground was the club's home until 1927, when a 6-acre (24,000 m2) site was purchased in Castle Road, West Tarring.[6] The club moved to its current location at Roundstone Lane in Angmering in 1977 and the ground is now designated a Centre of Excellence for rugby in Sussex. The ground is approximately 5.5 miles (8.9 km) west of the centre of Worthing.

Current standings

Club Colours

The original club colours were green and white stripes, which were also sported by Old Guilfordians RFC.[6] The choice of the present royal blue with chocolate and gold hoops was made in 1927.[6] The scheme is an amalgamation of the colours of Dulwich College, Mill Hill School and Cranleigh School where many of the team members had been to school.[6]

Current squad

In July 2011, former Ireland international Kieron Dawson was appointed head coach of Worthing Rugby Football Club, succeeding Will Green.[8]

Notable former players

  • England Joe Launchbury

See also

References

External links

  • Official Worthing RFC site

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