John Fletcher reviews the Six Nations

John Fletcher’s Review of the 2019 Six Nations Championship
Wednesday 27th March 2019 – 1900-2100

London Welsh FC
Old Deer Park
187 Kew Road

John Fletcher will use his vast experience and coaching contacts within our game to give an expert review of this year’s 6 Nations Championship. He will use footage and statistics to look at the practical implications for players and coaches from what was on show and if we are lucky, John will share his feelings for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

This session is a must for all Rugby Coaches, Directors of Rugby, Heads of Youth Rugby at schools and club.

John Fletcher was previously Head of Academy and then Director of Rugby at Newcastle Falcons before taking on the England Under 18 Head coach position in 2008. John was responsible, with his assistant Peter Walton, for producing an array of talent including amongst others: Manu Tuilagi, Owen Farrell, Joe Marler, Jonathan Joseph, Mako Vunipola, Christian Wade, Billy Vunipola, Jack Nowell, George Ford, Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Jamie George, Jack Clifford, Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly, Kyle Sinckler, Tom Curry, Sam Underhill.

Please reserve your place at this CPD with Middlesex Coaching association Secretary, Camilla Hulf at .

Middlesex Seniors back in training

Monday 11th March saw a strong return to senior men’s rugby in the county, as 9 different clubs were represented at the first open training session. Head Coach Mark Jackson ably assisted by backs coach Peter Halsall put the hopefuls through their paces at Grasshoppers RFC on a brisk night with Physio Lorenzo Forghieri keeping an eye on proceedings.

The post training food and drink were most welcome once the session was over with County President Bob Lawless stopping by to chat. With numbers indicated to increase at the next training sessions both coaches were quietly optimistic about what the future holds for senior men’s rugby in the county.

Thanks to Grasshoppers for their exemplary hosting and well done to the players who got stuck in.

For those interested in getting involved please email .

Luke Green selected for England u18s

Congratulations to Luke Green, a London Irish Academy player who has been selected to play for England u18s v Scotland u18s on March 17th.

Luke has represented and captained Middlesex at all the youth age groups following a nomination by his School Greycoat at u14s.

Luke is a dedicated and focused player and is a credit to Middlesex, London Irish, the coaches involved with his development and his family.

Good Luck, Luke

Middlesex Coaching Awards

The Middlesex Coaching Association will be presenting awards to the county’s best coaches at its second annual awards presentations at the end of the season.

All coaches are eligible to be nominated for an award, at every level from serious to social, at all age groups and within all sections of the game.

To nominate your coach, please complete the simple online nomination form. Nominations must be received by 17th March.

Awards will be made at an awards presentation evening at London Welsh on 26th April.

Congratulations to Elliot McPhun

Congratulations to Elliot McPhun who has been named in the England Counties U18 squad to face Ireland in a two match tour in April. Elliot plays scrum half for Middlesex County, he plays for Saracens Amateurs RFC and attend Oaklands College.

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Harlequins Ladies – The Game Changer

Harlequins Ladies – The Game Changer – The Twickenham Stoop Stadium – Saturday 30th March, kick-off 2pm

Harlequins have launched The Game Changer, which is intended to be a long standing name in the years ahead and our statement of intent to keep driving the Women’s game forward and impact on Women’s Sport in general. It also celebrates the Club’s players and coaches who are changing the landscape of Women’s Rugby all whilst balancing careers or pursuing full-time higher education; as well as many who are serving members of the Military or in the Emergency Services. Last year Harlequins broke the UK Club record for crowd attendance, attracting 4545 people to the Stoop and the Club are aiming to break the attendance record once again. Harlequins have 10 Internationals all competing in the current 6 Nations for England, Scotland and Ireland and have Internationals from the USA, Australia and Sweden in the wider squad as well as some of the best up and coming talent in the League.

Harlequins Game Changer campaign video filmed at the Twickenham Stoop, featuring Head Coach Karen Findlay (Chief Superintendent, MET Police) and players Shaunagh Brown (Firefighter & England International) and Dr Zoe Saynor (PhD and Senior Lecturer, Portsmouth University) can be found here and portrays what our players and coaches are achieving on and off the field.

The Game Changer will be a great showcase of some of the best talent in the Tyrrells Premier 15s and a huge game for both teams, with Harlequins playing for the chance to host a home semi-final play-off and Gloucester-Hartpury pushing for a spot in the top 4 of the League to reach the play-offs. The day itself will have a host of other entertainment across the Stoop as well as the match itself and is a great day out for all the family.

Tickets are £10 for Adults and £5 for Under 16s and can be purchased here.

Wasps FC Ladies Big Swarm

On Saturday 30th March, Wasps FC Ladies will be hosting the BIG SWARM at our London Family Base Wasps FC, Twyford Avenue.

The event aims to bring together 2000 people who are associated with Wasps, both past, present and future, to socialise, reminisce and cheer on Wasps FC players from all levels of the Club.

The event falls on the final league round of Tyrrells Premier 15’s, in which Wasps FC Ladies 1XV and 2XV will play Bristol Bears Women – in a repeat of the game that kicked off the season back in September, Wasps FC Ladies will look to repeat their victorious performance. Wasps FC Mens’ 1XV and 2XV will also be pulling on the black and gold jersey, alongside the minis and youths who will be out in full force supporting the day.

With what promises to be an exciting day of Rugby, there will be many other activities to indulge in throughout the day – a fan village, bottomless brunch in the great hall and the highly anticipated raffle. All proceeds will go towards supporting Wasps FC Ladies’ vision to develop a High Performance Rugby Environment at Wasps FC, to support the Ladies teams who compete at the highest level of the domestic game and also benefit all members of the Wasps amateur playing community.

Wasps FC Ladies are hoping that all who attend the BIG SWARM will connect and maybe reconnect with the Wasps Family. Sting and the Wasps Rugby Community Team will be joining us at Wasps FC for the big event.

Ladies Chair Kasey Allen commented ‘following last years huge success we are looking forward to hosting our second BIG Swarm and welcoming all to Twyford Avenue especially those that have not visited before. The day is set to be thrilling and a great opportunity to support those in Black and Gold’
We hope you will join us and spend the day at the heart of the Wasps FC community

Buy your tickets HERE £5 Adults, Free U16’s

11.00 Bottomless Brunch (Tickets in advance only)
12.00 Mens 1st XV KO
13.30 Mens and Ladies 2nd XV KO
15.00 Ladies 1st Xv Tyrrells Premier 15’s vs Bristol Bears Women
17.30 Raffle Draw
18.30 Player Question and Answer
19.00 Band commences

Big Swarm poster

Club Delivery Plan Survey

The County is about to put pen to paper on next season’s delivery plan. We need to decide where we spend our time and resource supporting our Clubs. As always, your input is invaluable.

This year we’d like to ask you a few simple questions which will take only a few minutes of your time. Please pass this survey on to others in your club so we can get a wide range of views. Thank you.

Items A to E are where we will focus our efforts to help you. If you think we’ve missed something, please add it in Box F at the end. Click as many of the options within A to E that you think are important to you/your club.

Please send us your responses by Sunday 17th March by clicking the link below.

Middlesex U20s play Surrey U20s on Sunday 24th February 2019

Middlesex U20s are playing Surrey U20s in the Jason Leonard County Championship on Sunday 24th February 2019 kick off 15.00 at Grasshoppers RFC.

All very welcome.

Middlesex Senior 2019 County Championship

Rugby in Middlesex has a rich and illustrious history. Formation in 1879 led two seasons later to RFU affiliation in 1882 and the county has never looked back. Opponents such as New Zealand, South Africa and Uganda are amongst those to have had the privilege of playing the county. International honours have been prevalent amongst many of our players but alongside this the county has worked to develop the game across the levels making it accessible and enjoyable for all. Clubs play an important part in the county and are represented in all decision making.

Colts and Women’s rugby has brought not only success but further helped develop the game whilst offering the opportunity to players of going one step further in their rugby careers to play for such a prestigious representative side. These teams have set a benchmark and proven that county rugby is still a desirable level of rugby.

This has led to the decision being made to re-launch the Senior Men’s 1st XV for the 2018-19 season and to feature in the Bill Beaumont Cup at the entry level.

Mark Jackson has been appointed as Head Coach with Alex Pereira-Inacio as 1st Team manager, Peter Halsall will be overseeing the backs and Chair of Playing Stephen Atkinson will be assisting with this development.

Key Dates

Training Dates (To be held at Grasshoppers RFC) Open to All

  • 11 March 2019 – Grasshoppers RFC – 19:45
  • 17 April 2019 – Grasshoppers RFC – 19:45
  • 24 April 2019 – Grasshoppers RFC – 19:45

Bill Beaumont County Championship Fixtures

  • 4 May 2019 – Buckinghamshire Away, Venue TBC
  • 11 May 2019 – Berkshire Away, Venue TBC
  • 18 May 2019 – Dorset and Wiltshire Home, Grasshoppers RFC

Middlesex Commitment

  • Unintrusive to club’s league games and training schedules
  • Excellent Medical and Physiotherapy back up
  • Sessions open to all coaches and DORs

Player Criteria

  • Coachable
  • Fit
  • Engaging


  • Alex Pereira-Inacio – Manager
  • Mark Jackson – Head Coach

Please contact to discuss the programme and nominate players.