Month: May 2015

RFU Presidents Award heads back to IWRFC

As previously announced on the IWRFC Facebook Page, the club has been nominated for the prestigious RFU Presidents Award for Club Management for 2015.

These awards are being held today at Twickenham, and I am pleased to report that the IWRFC has won the award from the six clubs nominated. A huge well done to all that have made this possible, this is massive recognition for everyone’s efforts.

Nick Puckett had this to say;

“It is a great honour to have even been nominated and shortlisted alongside other clubs as one of the best 6 clubs nationally.  Some of the Clubs here are two or three times the size of ours and play at much higher levels, and have large numbers of volunteers and sponsors to help them, so to be recognised on a par with them by the RFU is a fantastic achievement for our Club”

After winning the award he went on to say “This award highlights the hard work and dedication that all the volunteers, players, supporters and sponsors have put into the Isle of Wight Rugby club over the last two years.  We are the home of Rugby on the Isle of Wight and have been for the last 90 years this award shows that we are doing things right for the Isle of Wight Rugby community and putting us on a national stage in the Rugby World Cup year”

Presidents Award for Club Management 2015
President’s Award for Club Management 2015






Club Floodlights win award

You may of noticed that in this weeks County Press, Paul Simpson (IWRFC President) features, he is pictured receiving an award from Ron Holland, High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight on behalf of the CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England).

The County Press reported the following; CPRE had initially objected to the plans, joining forces with many residents who feared they would be floodlit out of their homes. Mr Langley (CPRE Chairman) said; “We are impressed with the careful attention given to the design of the illumination to minimise stray light in unwanted areas. A local amateur astronomer told us that he was also an ‘anti’ but now reports having no problems with interference to his observatory near to the rugby pitch, so what is good enough for an expert observer is good enough for us”

So fantastic recognition for IWRFC and recognition that the work done, not only benefits the club, but is sympathetic to all of the surrounding residents.


Picture courtesy of Dennis Russell (CPRE)

RFU Level 2 – Urgent request from IOW CRC

This email has been received today from Rich Freeman, IOW CRC.

Dear all,

This is a final call to those who wish to book onto the Level 2 Course at IWRFC beginning 6th June.

I have been really pleased with attendances at previous and recent Scrum factory and Rugby Ready CPD’s and am sure that there are many of you who now hold the pre-requisites to complete the Level 2 award. I’m aware of those with other commitments and cannot attend. But as previous messages have explained, this is a final chance for the course to be run on the island. As yet there are not enough people booked on for the course to run. The course will be cancelled if there has not been any further bookings by Friday. Please chase up fellow coaches to book on to the course ASAP.

If you have any questions please contact me ASAP.

With Regards,

Rich Freeman

A lost tie

The Spokane Washington story


As you all know the IWRFC Facebook site has not been in existence long, yet because it does, we have received a communication from a lady in Spokane Washington.

It goes a bit like this;

“Hi there – long story short, my Dad is a big fan of yours, and had a tie with your logo on it (navy tie, seahorse, IWRFC lettering on it), that he was wearing to some firefighter events for a project he founded. At one of the events (after party actually) he lost his beloved tie.

I would love to replace it, do you still sell them? Is there anywhere I can find one? I’ve already googled it, but no luck. I’ve also attached pictures of him wearing it, thanks for any help or direction you can give”.

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Now as you’ll see from the picture, the tie is rather old in style, but an IWRFC tie none the less. Nick Puckett immediately replied and offered assistance, and also asked as to the story behind an IWRFC tie being so far away from home.

The response was this;

“Fantastic! I will get the story and come back to you, I know he did a mission (when he was a member of the Mormon Church, eons ago) in England, I think they must of visited the Isle of Wight, or maybe even lived there for a bit. He is very fond of the Isle of Wight. He and my Mom have had a chance to get back there twice since he lived there, most recently in 2010. He also played rugby here when he was younger.

I’m also going to post an ad on our Craiglist site to see if it’s been found by anyone. Mom has talked about it several times and I know it kills him that he’s lost it.

If you are able to find me one just like that, there would be some THRILLED people here in Spokane Washington.

Thank you for your efforts and I will get the rest of the story”.

We then awaited the rest of the story from Spokane Washington, it came swiftly;

“Ok, Mom says it was when she and Dad were visiting the Isle of Wight during their ten year wedding anniversary trip in 1982. They were in a pub, on the Isle of Wight,and the bartender took it off and gave it to Dad. She says the bartender was a rugby coach at the time, not sure if it was for your club or not.

You can see now why he is so upset to have lost it, now I’m on a full out search! I’m retracing our after ceremony parties to see what bars we were in here, and calling them to look in their lost & founds. I also just put the ad on Craiglist. Maybe it will turn up, maybe Dad just hasn’t had a chance to really search for it. We just completed this project last night, I haven’t even had chance to post pics on our website.

I just got to thinking about the tie again today because Mom was talking about it again yesterday. I guess he’s pretty bummed about it.

Mom also found out that the bartender was at a pub in the town of Wootton, he was older at the time, and they think his name may have been Bert”.


So now the hunt for a tie begins, in an effort to reunite this gentleman with what he has lost.


Words are direct from Facebook Messenger, Spokane Project can be found at

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England XV versus Barbarians 2 for 1 Tickets. 31st May


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With England preparing for the Rugby World Cup 2015, an England XV will be at Twickenham Stadium on 31st May to take on the famous Barbarians RC, with some of England’s young guns, including Joe Launchbury, Lee Dickson , Elliot Daly, Danny Cipriani, Christian Wade, Jack Clifford and others. this will be their last chance to put their hands up for selection later in the summer.

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