Rugby Union

Sussex rugby clubs invited to bid for awards

Rugby clubs can enter the Crabbie’s 2018 National Rugby Awards, which give recognition to clubs at all levels and their members for their contribution to the game.

The festival of sport was a popular event

Pupils given a sporting chance at University of Chichester

More than 1,000 students from schools across the south visited the University of Chichester’s Festival of Sport.

Chichester RFC under-12s at Twickenham

Chichester youngsters enjoy dream day out at Twickenham

The Aviva Premiership Rugby season may be over for another year but memories of the 2018 final will live long in the memory for youngsters from Chichester RFC after they got to experience a special day out at Twickenham Stadium.

Action from Chichester's last game of the 17-18 season / Picture by Kate Shemilt

Blues get set for early reunion with former coach

Chichester’s fixtures for the new season are out - and they have paired the Blues with their former coach Rob Lawrence on the opening day.

Sam Newcombe was one of many award winners at Bognor RFC

Awards reflect brilliant Bognor season

The awards have been handed out at Bognor Rugby Club after a successful season.

Aliya shows her style

Aliya so proud of national rugby title

Chichester College student Aliya Seehawong has helped Pulborough Rugby Club to a national championship.

The Bognor girls, their coaches and sponsors at the awards

Bognor rugby girls enjoy fun-filled end to first season

Bognor’s rugby girls finished their first season with a fun-filled awards ceremony at the town’s rugby club.

Bognor under-nines

Brilliant Bognor youngsters have a fabulous festival

Bognor Rugby Club under-nines produced a fantastic display at the Worthing Festival with wins over Chichester, Haywards Heath and the home team.

The college rugby academy team in action

Chichester rugby academy has so much to build on

‘A successful start as we build for the future’ – that’s the view of Steve Woolcombe, Chichester College’s director of rugby as he looks back over the season.

The mixed golf team were the university's BUCS team of the year

Awards cap fine sporting season for Chichester students

The University of Chichester men’s rugby club picked up the prestigious club-of-the-year honour in the final accolade handed out at the 2017-18 Sports Awards.

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Roger Gould at Oaklands Park / Picture by Kate Shemilt

Our Chichester rugby reporter retires with happy memories

Roger Gould has hung up his notebook and pen after nearly 20 years covering their matches for the Observer. Here reflects on what has been a successful time for the Oaklands Park outfit

Billy Toone with the ball in Bognor's play-off loss to Old Georgians / Picture by Kate Shemilt

Play-off tussle is a step too far for Bognor

A play-off match for promotion to London 3SW proved a step too far for Bognor’s depleted squad and, after a competitive first half, Old Georgians piled on the points in the last quarter to earn a convincing 52-7 victory.

Lee Balchin has led Bognor so well this season / Picture by Kate Shemilt

They thought it was all over, but season goes on for Bognor

Having been informed by Hampshire rugby bosses they would be in the new Hampshire Premiership next season, Bognor thought their highly-successful season had come to an end and began to enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Tom Hutchin, Aaron Davies (with ball) and Sam Renwick in recent action / Picture by Kate Shemilt

Chichester felled by Oaks - now for a rest

Chichester made their third visit to Kent in four weeks to play Sevenoaks in the final London one south game – but could not end the campaign on a high as they went down 44-26.

Bognor Rugby Club under-16s in Belgium

Bognor rugby youngsters feel the heat in Belgium

Bognor under-16s’ Belgium tour took place in tropical temperatures.

Darren Bidwell in recent Bognor action / Picture by Kate Shemilt

All over for Overton - and that’s good news for Bognor

Bognor finished their Hampshire League division-one campaign in second place after rounding off the season with another fine away win, a 33-12 success at Overton.

Jack Bentall on the charge in Chi's win over Old Colfeians / Picture by Kate Shemilt

Chichester sign off home campaign with victory

Chichester’s first home game in five weeks was a memorable one that ended in a narrow 37-34 win over Old Colfeians in London one south.

The England women's sevens squad with their medals / Picture by Getty Images

Medal-winner Breach makes history - and makes so many so proud

Jess Breach made history as she and her England rugby sevens team-mates picked up bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games.

Jess in Oz, pictured before the sevens tournament

Breach is bringing Commonwealth medal back to West Sussex

Rugby star Jess Breach is the toast of West Sussex after a try-scoring display in the sevens game that won Commonwealth bronze for England's women.
Jess Breach pictured this week ahead of the sevens tournament

Breach's England into Commonwealth rugby sevens semis

Jess Breach and her England rugby sevens team-mates are into the semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games.

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