As the season fast approaches and with senior pre-season training in its fifth week, Director of Rugby Roger McKerlie has announced that the Senior Squad under Head Coach Adam Bowman’s stewardship will now be expanded to the 3rd XV.  For the first time in a number of years, the Club will also field a 4th XV, which will compete in the Clinque 4 West league.  Bowman, who enters his tenth year of coaching at Sevenoaks RFC this season, became Senior Head Coach last season and oversaw the 1st XV finishing seventh in their maiden season in London 1 South and also guided the 2nd XV to runners-up spot in the Kent Invicta League.

  Director of Rugby Roger McKerlie. Photo Credit: David Purday

Director of Rugby Roger McKerlie. Photo Credit: David Purday

‘We have seen really high attendance at training throughout the pre-season so far’ said Roger ‘but this decision and the thought process about expanding our senior rugby offering started during last season.  Adam and his team have worked hard to create a ‘Squad’ rather than divided teams and this has reaped rewards in encouraging regular attendance to training.  We have invested in a large coaching group as well to ensure the players are receiving high quality, varied training and are able to improve as individuals in a competitive environment.’

Roger continued ‘I’m really excited about the expansion of the senior rugby set-up with the 4th XV operating under the stewardship of Phil Woolacott too.  Phil and James Anderson were outstanding leaders of the Mighty 3’s group last year, winning the league and creating a brilliant social atmosphere, which will no doubt transfer to the 4th XV.  All the hard work that all coaches and captains put in last season has enabled us to increase our playing numbers across our senior set-up and Phil and Adam, as they did last season, will work closely together to provide a platform for all players, whatever their experience or ability, to play competitive rugby in a great amateur Club environment.’

‘Of course our Vets team, the Acorns, will continue to operate under Bill Park and having reached the Final of the Kent Veterans Cup in the past two seasons, winning in 2016, we hope to be in the mix again come Finals day in 2018.’

If you are interested in playing at Sevenoaks RFC, then please contact Director of Rugby Roger McKerlie (roger@sportbusinessnetwork.com) , Head Coach Adam Bowman (coachajbowman@gmail.com) or 4th XV Manager Phil Woolacott (phil.uu@btinternet.com)

Sevenoaks RFC Senior Teams Leagues for 2017/18 Season

1st XV – London South 1

2nd XV – Kent Invicta League

3rd XV – Premier Division 2 East

4th XV – Clinque 4 West

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