Rugby: T-Bird Rachael wins England player-of-the-year

THURROCK T-Bird, Rachael Burford has been named England women’s rugby player-of-the-year. Rachael has been a regular in the England women’s team and the national 7s side over the last few years.

Rugby: Mercedes meets prime minister at No 10

Mercedes has been the backbone of the Thurrock T-Birds cricket team, as well as an England star. The William Edwards teacher has been an inspiration to the student and fellow players alike.

Rugby: Thurrock stalwarts awarded by RFU

The presentation of the awards took place at the extremely successful Dinner Dance held at the club on Sunday May 4th. Mark Burrows who organised the Dinner Dance was presented with Club Person of the year trophy for all his hard work for the club throughout the year.

Rugby: Grim in Grinstead for Thurrock

THURROCK travelled to Saint Hill to face high flying East Grinstead, whom were hosting their final league home game of the season and were very much in a party mood, and the writing on the wall was obvious as the home sides full back Betty went over after only 2 minutes to score wide out, and the conversion was added by Meakin who was to enjoy a fine day with the boot. However Thurrock had the better of the next 20 minutes of the game and were rewarded with a close worked forward try awarded to Lewis Brunger, Jake Barrand added the conversion after he hit the post with an earlier penalty attempt.

Rugby: Thurrock blown away by Tonbridge

ON a sunny afternoon with a chill wind blowing it was TJs who scored first with a Luke Makris penalty. This lead encouraged TJs to become adventurous and they threw the ball about at every opportunity. But the passes were not always wise and did not always stick.  Thurrock, benefiting from TJ’s lack of continuity, began to have the lion’s share of possession. Together with a spell of rather languid tackling this allowed the home side to mount a strong and prolonged attack which ended when winger Jake Barrand scored an unconverted try in the left corner.

Rugby: Thurrock Under-15 crushed by Southend

THURROCK Under-15s lost to a formidable Southend side, by over 50 points at Blackshots on Friday night. Over 200 turned up to see an open and entertaining game of rugby.

Rugby: Burford and Scott make England Sevens squad to China

THURROCK T-Birds, Rachael Burford and Emily Scott have made the plane for the IRB World Sevens Series this weekend (April 5-6) in Guangzhou, China. Coach Simon Middleton has called up Rachael Burford, Marlie Packer and Megan Ellery into the squad, which will once again be captained by Richmond’s Abigail Chamberlain.

Rugby: Sad day as Thurrock relegated (but they shall return!)

IT HAS been a difficult season and it has ended with the inevitable as Thurrock lost 41-5 to Barnes and were relegated in the process. There was no match report but we are sure that the club will bounce back.

Rugby: Mercedes shines in England victory

THURROCK T-Birds star, Mercedes Foy came off the bench to play her part in a 26-0 win for England over Italy in the Women’s Six Nations. Unlike the men’s game, this was a much tighter affair and showed how much Italian rugby had come on over the last few years.

Rugby: Millwall Lions roar against Stanford

A GOOD Stanford performance was not enough for a well drilled Millwall side. A slow start saw Stanford go behind two tries after just 13 minutes of play. Stanford’s lack of tackling allowed two very soft tries but these seemed to stir the team into the game. Stanford’s hard work in the close kept the Millwall pack pushed back. Stanford was getting the lion share of the territory but as each move pushed on a few late decisions, a few late timed passes proved to be the undoing of a good Stanford attack time and again. Millwall’s backs were very good at linking their moves together and punished Stanford each time a mistake was made.

Rugby: Thurrock triumph in local derby

THIS local derby as expected proved to be a close run affair with Thurrock just edging the spoils despite Barking lowly position they were first on the score sheet when winger Lemack went over unopposed it was well converted by Ratford. Thurrock had the better of the exchanges in the next minutes but lose ball at the base of the scrum well inside the home sides half was collected by Barking scrum half who fed full back Barham to run fully 60 metres to score in the corner.

Rugby: Bury bury Thurrock

AT the third time of asking, this trip to Essex, for this re-arranged league fixture took place. On a bright and sunny afternoon at Oakfield, the pitches all looked green and sandy. And the pitch was a testament to the hard work of the ground staff. Who had worked very hard all week to allow the game to go ahead.

Rugby: Russell hangs up his boots after 46 years

THE Lord High Sheriff Hanging Judge Jackson of Stanford Le Hope as he is known to his rugby touring team mates was guest of honour at an after game party where he was present with a signed playing shirt and a certificate to say he was now the official Lord Russell Jackson of Wordsley Manor.

Rugby: Stanford show steel against Steelers

IN quick succession Stanford lost Ryan Edgeway and Kyle Munro to injuries but with Dan May and Dan McIntosh ready to come on Stanford were still confident to control the game. However Steelers had other ideas. Keeping Stanford on the back foot they created set play after set play and worked a very well taken try to allow their kicker the extra two points from in front of the posts. Now with one point in it Stanford was defending with all their might to keep the lead.

Rugby: Mercedes drives England to hammer the Scots

THURROCK T-Bird and William Edwards teacher, Mercedes Foy played a key role in the victory for England over Aberdeen by 63 points to 0. Captain Katy McLean led the way with 13 points as England women got their Six Nations title bid back on track with a crushing 63-0 victory over Scotland.

Rugby: Pegasus fly in to win local derby

PEGASUS still pushed forward but Stanford was strong in defence. After several minutes of close contact play Pegasus about 10 metres out from the Stanford line tries to move the ball wide, but a lazy pass was intercepted by Liam Morley who sprinted the full length of the pitch to touch down next to the Pegasus posts. Calum Reid added the extra 2 points to push Stanford in front. Just minutes after a lapse again in the Stanford tackling allowed Pegasus to dance through missed tackles and score followed by the conversation. Right on half time Pegasus made a try of their own making using phase ball and pushing the ball out wide, 19 – 12 at half time to the visitors.

Rugby: Close but no joy for Thurrock

AFTER a few weeks of heavy rain Thurrock were able to play on the 1st XV pitch, albeit heavy but certainly playable. And a brisk start from the home side saw Thurrock score a try as early as the fourth minute when Mark Sullivan was given space wide out, Frankie Neale missed with the conversion. However and Combe closed the gap with a penalty from fly Iain Gordon a few minutes later.

Rugby: Tight lines at the seaside for Stanford

STANFORD scored first through Greg Rumble who after some great scrummaging then rucking work by his fellow forwards powered his way over the line. The conditions were not great for kicking and the conversation drifted wide. Brightlingsea had the upper hand in most of the scrums and dominated with the tight controls which lead to some good physical play to bring them level but again the extra two points went begging. At half time with the scores all level neither side had a grip on the game.

Rugby: Perfect day for T-Birds in triumph over Bath

WITH the T-Birds already confirmed as League Champions of Championship One South, Thurrock Ladies hosted a VP Charity Dinner in support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer before what should have been the final League game of the Season against Bath Ladies. With Honoured Guests including President of the RFU Bob Reeves, President of the Essex RFU Bob Whittle, Secretary of the Essex RFU Ivor Smith and England Head Women’s Coach Gary Street, and Local dignitaries including the Mayor and Mayoress of Thurrock and MP for Thurrock Jackie Doyle-Price.

Rugby: New coach reflects on first week

“MY FIRST week at Thurrock Rugby Football Club completed, I now feel very much at home. The 1st team at home to Basingstoke on Saturday and then an exciting game watching the U16s take on Saracens. The impression I’ve got is that Thurrock could be a place that some people in these modern times might describe as a good old fashioned rugby club.

Rugby: Eltham pressure bears down on Thurrock

THURROCK travelled to Old Elthamians where the weather was windy and wet: rain arrived in squalls, making kicking especially a lottery. Handling also suffered, with several passes dropped as cold hands sought to catch the

The game was transferred to Guys Hospital pitch, adjacent to the Elthamians ground, .

Thurrock kicked off but the home side with the advantage of the weather, Elthamians began a period of pressure, which brought an early try for Ledger, the conversion. By White completed the goal with a fine kick; 7-0., he then added a further penalty to make it 10-0


Rugby: T-Birds take title

WITH Saracens First XV in with a serious chance of finally breaking Richmond’s recent domination of the Women’s Premiership, the requirement for a strong First XV bench means that their Second XV do not always have the strength in depth that they once displayed, but nevertheless, this was a decent Rugby team.

Rugby: Christmas comes early for Stanford with two home wins.

STANFORD welcomed back from injury their influential Captain Liam Morley who took no time in showing the intent in which Stanford were going to play. From the off Morley collected a high ball and went route one taking Stanford into the Burnham half and that is where they stayed for a long period. The confidence that Stanford showed was evident when they turned down several kicks at the posts to open the scoring. It all paid off when Morley started a powerful run backed up by the pack, which he then finished off to cement his return to the side.

Rugby: T-Birds edge it against Bristol…….98-0!

THE T-Birds were prepared for a really tough match, but quietly confidant, fielding one of their strongest match day squads this season with the return of Radford from injury and the addition of Spanish winger Ortega Corrales. Unfortunately this turned into a complete rout and once again demonstrated the shortcomings of the league structure in English Women’s Rugby. The crowd witnessed some fantastic running rugby and duly enjoyed a try fest, but the game could never be described as competitive and did little to further the ambitions of either set of players.

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