Rugby Union

Although not traditionally recognised as a hotbed of Rugby, Essex does have several clubs in the English Rugby Union system. These include Southend RFC and Colchester RFC who, we are delighted to say, have both agreed to have their details and fixtures publicised on the Dancing Giraffe website. Upcoming home fixtures for each club can be found below:

Colchester RFC

Address: Mill Road Playing Fields, Mill Road, Mile End, Colchester, C04 5JF.colchester rfc badge
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Following a successful promotion campaign last season, Colchester RFC are now playing in the National League 3 London and South East Division of the English Rugby Union system. Celebrating their 90th anniversary this year, Colchester have enjoyed many highs throughout this time, including a 40 game winning streak between 2001 and 2003. The club play their games at Mill Road which has a wheelchair accessible bar and 2 accessible car parking spaces, however if more spaces are required, please contact the club before the game and these can be cordoned off for you. There is plenty of space around the pitch to watch the game, however wheelchair users please note that as the viewing area is mainly grass, in bad weather it can get quite muddy, so it is advised to use the nearby path to watch the game (the club are currently looking into this arrangement). As well as the first XV, Colchester place a big emphasis on youth development and run a large number of boys and girl’s youth teams, for more information on these please click here. The club release a weekly newsletter every Friday, with details on the weekend’s fixtures, opportunities to have a three course pre-match meal or watch international rugby games in the clubhouse. Should you wish to receive this newsletter, please contact the club at press@colchesterrugby.co.uk

Colchester RFC have kindly announced that entry for disabled people and their personal assistants is now completely free. Should you wish to take advantage of this and attend a game, please contact the club (email: press@colchesterrugby.co.uk) by 11am on match day at the latest so that your entry to the ground can be arranged.

Harlow RFC

Address: Ram Gorse, Elizabeth Way, Harlow CM20 2JQ.harlow-rfc
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Formed over 50 years ago, Harlow Rugby Club have grown from fielding a single team to now providing many including mens, ladies, boys and girls teams, starting from the age of six. Their status as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) means that they are committed to providing sporting opportunities for the local community at affordable prices. Their current home of Ram Gorse has several Rugby pitches, a clubhouse and large tarmacked car-park. However, the club are in the process of building a new facility which they plan to occupy from June 2017. This will be top of the range and meet all the latest access requirements, including specific disabled parking areas, ramp and lift access and a 2 metre wide veranda overlooking the pitch. The Men’s First XV competes in the London & SE division – London 3 North East and impressively reached the final of the Essex County Cup last season. With success on the pitch and the proposed move, these are exciting time for the club and if you are interested in playing a part be it joining, volunteering or sponsoring please contact Alan Brooking on 07764 563 352.

Southend RFC

Address: Warners Bridge Park, Sumpters Way, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5RR.SouthendRFC Logo bigger and better
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Southend RFC play in the National League 2 South of English Rugby Union, thus making them the highest ranked team in Essex. Southend RFC has a long and proud history and being formed in 1870, makes the club a year older than the Rugby Football Union itself! The first XV also go by the name of the Southend Saxons, this ties in with the locally discovered Saxon King, whose burial site was found in nearby Prittlewell in 2003. Their Warners Bridge Park ground has a 100 space car park, however, this does fill up on match day. Both the pitchside and clubhouse are fully wheelchair accessible. The club also runs several other senior sides and youth teams, for more information on these, please go the club’s website.

Thurrock RFC

Address: Oakfield, Long Lane, Grays, Essex RM16 2QH.thurrock
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Thurrock Men’s 1st XV are one of the top ranked Rugby Union sides in Essex and play their games in the London Division 1 North. The club have enjoyed an impressive history and can count winning both the London Division 2 North East and Division 1 North Championships amongst their honours. Not to be outdone, the Ladies 1st XV (aka the T-Birds) are also the top ranked women’s team in Essex and are currently fighting for promotion to the Premiership, the top level of the women’s game in England. Thurrock’s ground has a large clubhouse which is wheelchair accessible and boasts an impressive array of facilities including gym, squash courts and a large function room which is available for hire. There are also accessible toilets and a 150 seat grandstand. If you are travelling by car, then the ground is in easy reach of the A13 and there is a large car park outside. Please bear in mind though that using the RM16 2QH postcode on your Sat-Nav will not take you to the ground so please follow the directions found here. Games are free to attend and should you wish to contact someone at the club about your visit, please call Club Manager Jane Burrows on 01375 374877 after 5pm on weekdays or after 11am on weekends.

Thurrock are also the proud holders of the World Record for the largest ever scrum, consisting of 584 people!

 

All clubs shown on this page have given us permission to host links to their websites

This page is kept up to date as much as possible, however factors such as bad weather can cause fixtures to be postponed or kick-off times changed at late notice, so we would advise you to check the clubs’ websites or social media accounts if you are in any doubt.

If you contact any of the clubs listed on this page, we would appreciate it if you could mention that you saw their details on the Dancing Giraffe website.