IWRFC Weekly Club Events




Thu. 26 Mar. Training 6.45 pm at club
Sat. 28 Mar. 1sts v Romsey (A) 12.30 pm meet Cowes Red Jet. 3 pm kickoff. Last away game of the season

Sat. 28 Mar.

2nds v Romsey (A) 12.30 pm meet Cowes Red Jet. 3 pm kickoff. Last away game of the season
Thu. 2 Apr. Training 6.45 pm at club














We're moving in together and proud of it!

This weekend, IWRFC hosts Bognor and Trojans in two key league games. Yet these were overshadowed by the news earlier today that, for two IWRFC players, every day will now be rugby day. Forward pack stalwarts Rich Freeman and Andy Brown will enter into a co-habiting arrangement next week.

It is hoped that this change in the personal circumstances of these two titans of the dark arts will not affect their on-field performance. Freeman has been a revelation in his new position of number 8 until sustaining some bruises at Farnborough two weeks ago, while Brown has been doing good too.

_Freeman and Brown ham it up along with some other equally masculine IWRFC players.

Women of Cowes are reported to be ecstatic at the establishment of this IWRFC bachelor pad in their hometown. Daisy Finsbury-Smythe Thompson (23) of Queen’s Road enthused: “There haven’t been many decent men about the town for ages now. I’m looking for a hefty young gentleman to sweep me off my feet and take me back to his. These two look like they would be just tickerty-boo, what what?’



New Top Quality Kit Now Available!

Now you have the opportunity to get all of your Isle of Wight RFC kit personalised and on line! Please visit our new online shop (See link to IWRFC Kit List on the Clubhouse sidebar) and take a look at the items that are currently for sale. You’ll have a job choosing! Please check back from time to time as new items (including replica kit) will be added.

The more you support the store, the bigger opportunity IWRFC will have to buy bulk discounted items that will (if things work out) be provided to players as part of your annual playing subscription. So PLEASE help us to help you and support the shop! Think birthday presents, gifts for the missus, etc. Support your club by getting some quality stash!


Selection and Player Development Policies

At the bottom of the Clubhouse Section on the side of the homepage, you may now access the IWRFC’s up to date player selection and player development policies.


Spot the IWRFC players

Spot the IWRFC players in action for Christ the King College in midweek, at the Hampshire Central Venue League fixture at Trojans RFC.


IWRFC welcomes Richard Hill MBE

The IWRFC will continue celebrations of its 90th anniversary at the Lakeside Hotel, Wootton on Saturday night with a gala dinner. England and Lions legend Richard Hill is the club’s special guest at the dinner and will speak to the assembled 130 guests after the meal. In case you need reminding of this great player’s achievements, here you go:

Richard Anthony Hill MBE (born 23 May 1973) is a former rugby union footballer who played flanker for Saracens and England. He made his first Saracens appearance in 1993.

Hill made his England debut in the 1997 Five Nations Championship against Scotland, playing at openside flanker. He toured South Africa with the British & Irish Lions in the summer of 1997, gaining two caps. Under new coach Clive Woodward, Hill was initially selected at openside, but was moved to blindside flanker to accommodate Neil Back on the openside flank, Lawrence Dallaglio moving from blindside to number eight. It was in this position, with this Hill, Back, Dallaglio combination of players, that Hill gained most of his caps.

Hill also toured Australia with the 2001 British & Irish Lions, though his tour was cut short in the second test when sustaining a blow to the head from an Australian knee. His injury was generally considered a key factor in the Lions’ eventual series loss, having won the first test.

Although Hill had been named in England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup squad, his place appeared in jeopardy after he suffered a hamstring strain on the eve of the tournament. Hill missed the pool games, and days out from England’s quarterfinal clash with Wales, scans on the injured hamstring initially revealed grim prospects, but Hill was encouraged by the team physios that it was still possible to recover in time for the semi-final.

England saw off a brave challenge from Wales in the quarterfinal to advance to the semi-finals. Hill was named in the starting line up for the semi-final against France. England easily coped with the much-vaunted French back-row. Hill played a key role in helping England defeat Australia in the final.
Since Neil Back’s retirement in 2003, Hill switched back to the openside flanker role. He is the only player never to have been dropped during Sir Clive Woodward’s England tenure. He was named in a Lions touring squad for the third time in 2005. He was named in the starting fifteen for the first Test against the All Blacks, but suffered a knee injury during the first half, ending his tour.

In January 2008 Hill announced that he would retire at the end of the current Guinness Premiership season, due to the toll taken upon his knee since two injuries, which had left him with a permanent limp. However, in April 2008, his man-of-the-match performance in the Heineken Cup victory over Ospreys confirmed his continued ability to perform at the highest level, even when playing on almost one leg. On 11 May 2008, Hill played his final game for Saracens, who won 25–20 against Bristol. Since his retirement, he was named in the all-time British and Irish Lions XV at blindside, alongside fellow legends Fergus Slattery and Mervyn Davies.

Despite his stellar careers and the many challenges Richard Hill has faced, it remains to be seen whether he will take on the ultimate challenge - drinking with the best the IWRFC has to offer.