Rugby: Chippenham coach focusing on promotion as Trowbridge clash kicks off season

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Chippenham head coach Danny Thomas

5:32pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Chippenham head coach Danny Thomas believes short-term goals will be key to his side’s success this season.

RUGBY: Taylor to lead Saddlebacks

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: New Devizes captain Julian Taylor

1:42pm Monday 23rd June 2014

BACK row Julian Taylor has been named as Devizes captain for the 2014-15 season.

RUGBY: Danny's new brains trust

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Chippenham head coach Danny Thomas

2:00pm Friday 13th June 2014

CHIPPENHAM head coach Danny Thomas believes his club will reap the benefits of a new high-quality coaching team as they aim to bounce back to National League level rugby.

RUGBY: Chippenham unveil new coaching line-up

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Chippenham's new coaching team

9:00am Monday 9th June 2014

CHIPPENHAM tonight unveiled their new coaching team as they aim to bounce back from their relegation from National Three South West last season.

RUGBY: Jamie’s a rising star

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Jamie Gibson

2:00pm Friday 6th June 2014

FORMER Marlborough College pupil Jamie Gibson has been backed for England honours by Wiltshire-based World Cup winner Lewis Moody.

RUGBY: Marlborough team toasting dream day

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Marlborough U12s, pictured with England World Cup winner Lewis Moody at Twickenham on Saturday

11:00am Friday 6th June 2014

AFTER treading the same Twickenham turf with Lions Owen Farrell and George North, Marlborough head coach Adrian Wilmot says his U12 side will be forever reliving their special day out last Saturday.

RUGBY: May speaks up for England

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Former Wootton Bassett RFC player Jonny May makes his first senior start for England this weekend

3:02pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

FORMER Wootton Bassett RFC youngster Jonny May has issued a defiant response to the perception in New Zealand that England will be lambs to the slaughter by declaring: "We are not a rubbish team".

RUGBY: Dunn still stunned by final summons

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Bath's Tom Dunn

4:00pm Friday 30th May 2014

TOM Dunn says that he’s still pinching himself after being thrust into the thick of the action in Sunday’s Amlin Challenge Cup final.

RUGBY: Derby opener for Chippenham

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Chippenham head coach Danny Thomas

2:44pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

CHIPPENHAM will make the trip to county rivals Trowbridge in the opening match of the new season.

RUGBY: Jamieson joins the Pirates

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Adam Jamieson, pictured in action for Bath United earlier this season

10:50am Saturday 17th May 2014

NESTON prop Adam Jamieson has joined Greene King IPA Championship side Cornish Pirates.

RUGBY: Twin Counties eye progress

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Neil Loader

10:18am Friday 16th May 2014

NEIL Loader, backs coach for Dorset & Wilts rugby thinks his side have a “tough ask” in qualifying for the Championship Shield semi-final.

RUGBY: May included by England

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: NO CONCERNS: England’s Jonny May, left, and Alex Goode during training yesterday

4:20pm Thursday 15th May 2014

FORMER Wootton Bassett three-quarter Jonny May has been named in the England training squad ahead of the tour to New Zealand this summer.

RUGBY: Twin Counties lose out in Plate opener

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Devizes RFC’s Dorset & Wilts players, who featured against Berkshire on Saturday are (l-r): Rory Brown, Chris Lewis, Jorge Wadman, Moses Navunisaravi, Lewis Paget

1:00pm Friday 9th May 2014

DORSET & Wiltshire coach Don Parsons admitted his side had found it tough going as they lost their opening RFU County Championship Plate pool clash 37-18 against Berkshire at Royal Wootton Bassett on Saturday.

RUGBY: Dorset & Wilts 18 Berkshire 37

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Devizes fly-half Rory Brown on a charge.for Dorset & Wilts

10:00am Monday 5th May 2014

THE Twin Counties suffered defeat in their opening County Championship Plate pool match at Royal Wootton Bassett RFC.

RUGBY: Dorset & Wilts set for County Championship kick-off

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: SEASIDE WIN: Penybanc contined their good start to the season but were still left to rue missed chances.

11:01am Thursday 1st May 2014

DORSET & Wilts begin their RFU County Championship Shield campaign by hosting Berkshire at Royal Wootton Bassett RFC tomorrow (3pm).

RUGBY: Trowbridge promoted after home triumph

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Trowbridge full-back Jackson Szabo starts the celebrations as he goes over for his side’s third try (48658-16)

1:17pm Sunday 27th April 2014

TWICKENHAM-BOUND Trowbridge will return to South West level rugby next season after a battling display earned them a 27-19 victory over Aylesbury in Saturday's Southern Counties promotion play-off at Doric Park.

RUGBY: Devizes 2nd 37 Calne 12

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: RUGBY: Marlow 21 Devizes 32

4:08pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

DEVIZES 2nd secured their survival in Dorset & Wilts One North as they saw off relegated Calne at London Road.

RUGBY: Marlow 21 Devizes 32

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: SEASIDE WIN: Penybanc contined their good start to the season but were still left to rue missed chances.

4:06pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

DEVIZES wrapped up a top-half finish in their maiden South West One East season as they won a topsy-turvy clash at Marlow.

RUGBY: Shane's a real hero

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Former Wales and British Lions Star Shane Williams at the coaching session he gave Royal Wootton Bassett U8s at Ballards Ash on Tuesday

1:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

ROYAL Wootton Bassett’s U8s youngsters had a training session to remember on Tuesday when Wales and British Lions legend Shane Williams dropped in to the Ballards Ash club.

RUGBY: Avonvale 3 Marlborough 50

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Jonny Mantle starts an attack for Marlborough

3:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

MARLBOROUGH completed their unbeaten league season as they dispatched top-three side Avon Vale with another half-century of points.

RUGBY: Pewsey Vale 56 Combe Down 2nd 12

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Phil Vallis scored a try in Pewsey’s first league win of the season

2:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

PEWSEY’s encouraging end to the season gave them a chance of avoiding the Dorset & Wilts One North drop.

RUGBY: Towcestrians 35 Devizes 0

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Hendon seal home success

1:30pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

DEVIZES fell away in the second half of their penultimate game of the South West One East season The first half was a fairly even affair, highlighted by the match being scoreless until the 39th minute.

RUGBY: Old Centralians 41 Chippenham 36

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Chippenham scrum-half Lewis Surry makes a break during Saturday’s win over Old Centralians

1:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

CHIPPENHAM bowed out of National Three South West with a heroic second-half fightback that narrowly ended in failure in Gloucestershire.

RUGBY: Melksham 5 Minety 32

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: SEASIDE WIN: Penybanc contined their good start to the season but were still left to rue missed chances.

12:04pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

MINETY concluded their Dorset & Wilts One North campaign with a bonus-point triumph that left them just short of lifting the title, but should secure them a promotion place.

RUGBY: Bradford crowned champions after thrilling final day

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Hendon seal home success

10:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

BRADFORD on Avon were crowned champions of Dorset & Wilts North after a dramatic final day of the season yesterday.

RUGBY: Devizes are well placed

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Devizes fly-half Rory Brown goes in for a try during his side’s 42-19 victory over Swindon on Saturday – their final South West One East home match of the season

12:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

OUTGOING skipper Tom Collins says Devizes have proved they belong at South West level rugby after ending their home campaign with an emphatic 42-19 derby win over Swindon.

RUGBY: Perfect days secure cup triumphs

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Corsham U11s

4:40pm Thursday 10th April 2014

CORSHAM and Chippenham both celebrated landmark victories at Dorset & Wilts finals day at Salisbury RFC on Sunday.

RUGBY: Devizes 42 Swindon 19

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Lewis Paget (left) scored twice for Devizes

1:30pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

DEVIZES delivered their best of the season in their final home match of the campaign.

RUGBY: Pewsey Vale 28 Chippenham 2nd 7

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: SEASIDE WIN: Penybanc contined their good start to the season but were still left to rue missed chances.

1:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

PEWSEY gave themselves an outside chance of avoiding relegation in Dorset & Wilts One North with a bonus-point win against their mid-table opponents.

RUGBY: Chippenham 27 Old Patesians 29

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Ian Cook was a try scorer for Chippenham

12:48pm Monday 7th April 2014

RELEGATED Chippenham contrived to blow a 27-0 lead in the final quarter as Cheltenham visitors Old Patesians produced a stunning turnaround to secure their own National Three South West future at Allington Field.

RUGBY: Snapping him up

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Kevin Snape

1:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

CORSHAM chairman Jon Brennan says his club cannot believe their luck after securing Kevin Snape as their new director of rugby.

Win a family ticket to Bath v Brive in the Amlin Challenge Cup this Sunday

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Win a family ticket to Bath v Brive in the Amlin Challenge Cup this Sunday

9:20am Thursday 3rd April 2014

THE Gazette & Herald has teamed up with Bath Rugby to offer you the chance to take your family to watch Sunday’s Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final against French side Brive at the Rec (2pm).

RUGBY: Devizes 2nd 7 Melksham 29

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Hendon seal home success

9:29am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

DEVIZES second string’s place in the division is all but secure for another season despite defeat to their local rivals on Saturday.

RUGBY: Lydney 71 Chippenham 17

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Hendon seal home success

2:30pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

THE last rites on Chippenham’s two-year stay in National Three South West were read on Saturday amid Lydney title celebrations.

RUGBY: Snape takes up director's role at Corsham

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Chippenham’s senior playing chairman Kevin Snape hopes the club’s second team will be allowed promotion

12:52pm Monday 31st March 2014

FORMER Chippenham team chief Kevin Snape has returned to rugby after being appointed director of rugby at nearby Corsham RFC.

RUGBY: Chippenham 3rd 12 Marlborough 62

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Mori Nailago makes a break for Marlborough during Saturday’s cup triumph over Abingdon

4:30pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

MARLBOROUGH are closing in on a near-flawless title-winning campaign after another sackful of points on Saturday.

RUGBY: Pewsey Vale 37 Calne 19

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Hendon seal home success

3:40pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

A THIRD home win in a row for Pewsey lifted them from the bottom of the table, where they were replaced by Saturday’s opponents.

RUGBY: Minety 2nd 22 Swindon 3rd 20

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Hendon seal home success

3:30pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

DESPITE having few experienced three-quarters available, a makeshift Minety second string battled through for a narrow win over Swindon 3rd in Dorset & Wilts Three North.

RUGBY: Minety 14 Devizes 2nd 7

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Hendon seal home success

3:00pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

MINETY stayed neck and neck with co-leaders Bradford on Avon in Dorset & Wilts One North – but were left to rue a lost opportunity to take a bonus point.

RUGBY: Devizes 19 Reading 15

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Rory Brown kicked five points for Devizes

2:30pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

DEVIZES returned to winning ways as they kept their bid for a top five finish in their maiden South West One East campaign intact at London Road.

RUGBY: Worcester Wanderers 21 Chippenham 7

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Chippenham head coach Danny Thomas

2:00pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

CHIPPENHAM were nudged closer to the relegation trapdoor despite a battling display on Saturday.

RUGBY: Duo leave strugglers

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Kevin Snape (centre) has left Chippenham

2:30pm Friday 21st March 2014

FORMER Chippenham team chief Kevin Snape believes the Allington Field outfit needs to take a “fresh look’’ at their ambitions after he and assistant coach Dale Burn parted company with the club.

YOUTH RUGBY: Shining stars at mini festival

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: U11 Chief plate competition winners Chippenham Red (left) celebrate

12:00pm Friday 21st March 2014

FORMER England and British Lions full-back Tim Stimpson presented the trophies and medals at the second of Chippenham RFC’s minis festivals on Sunday.

RUGBY: Buckingham 44 Devizes 10

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: James Gaiger was a try scorer for Devizes

9:50am Wednesday 19th March 2014

DEVIZES never recovered from a 17-0 deficit at half time as Buckingham gained ample revenge for their defeat in Wiltshire earlier in the season.

RUGBY: Royal Wootton Bassett 22 Reading Abbey 20

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Hendon seal home success

9:36am Wednesday 19th March 2014

JOSH Lewanituva scored a magnificent solo try deep into injury time on his debut to give Royal Wootton Bassett a narrow win over Reading Abbey at Ballard’s Ash on Saturday.

RUGBY: Bath Saracens 5 Marlborough 95

2:08pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

DORSET & Wilts Two North champions Marlborough showed few signs of slowing down despite their title win.

RUGBY: Chippenham ring changes

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Chippenham head coach Danny Thomas (right) with asstant Dale Burn

10:04am Monday 17th March 2014

CHIPPENHAM have shaken up their senior section management in the wake of the club's likely relegation to South West level rugby at the end of the season.

RUGBY: Points machine

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Marlborough's Nathan Morgan

3:30pm Friday 14th March 2014

MARLBOROUGH’S Nathan Morgan celebrated a record-breaking performance after scoring a whopping 81 points as his side clinched the Dorset & Wilts Two North title last weekend.

RUGBY: We’re not doomed just yet

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Chippenham head coach Danny Thomas

2:00pm Friday 14th March 2014

CHIPPENHAM head coach Danny Thomas has no intention of throwing in the towel on the Allington Field side’s survival battle despite them slipping to the bottom of National Three South West.

RUGBY: A day to shine at Chippenham

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Red Cup winners Chippenham U10s

12:00pm Friday 14th March 2014

TALENTED youngsters from across the South West descended on Allington Field on Sunday for the first of Chippenham RFC’s minis rugby festivals, writes Carl Field.


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