Minety RFC

Pre Season approaches fast

Minety have two pre season friendlies lined up against Cricklade on Tuesday 29th August (kick off 7pm) and Nailsea on Saturday 2nd September before they embark upon the 2017 / 2018 Dorset and Wilts campaign with away matches for the 1sts at Pewsey Vale and the 2nds at Warminster on Saturday 9th September.

Coaches Andy and Hywel are both looking for a good turnout at training this Tuesday (22nd August) at 7pm as they prepare the teams for the friendlies.

Both teams welcome supporters to all of their games.  If you can’t take part then the next best thing is to come along and support our teams.  Directions to all away grounds can be found on the “Directions” page on the right hand side of the screen.

We are still looking out for new, or returning players, to bolster our squads.  If you are interested contact our Recruitment Officer, Ben Scott, at recruit@minetyrfc.com



Written by Graham Cooke

August 19th, 2017 at 11:04 am

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Minety Golf Day 2017


Excellent day, thanks to everyone for coming.

Competition Winners: Tom Claxton & Duncan Simpson
Competition Runners Up: Adam Watts & Max Sparrow
Closest to the Pin: Del Murray
Longest Drive: Duncan Simpson
Sprout Winners: Craig Smith, Martin Coe, John Cater, Adrian Fisher. Thanks to Wallace Hibbard for supplying that prize.

Thanks to Andy Grayson for donating a round of golf to the winners as well.

Written by Graham Cooke

August 13th, 2017 at 2:06 pm

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Seli Meakin Funeral

We have been informed by Mark Wallington that Seli Meakin’s funeral will be held on 17th August at 2pm in Minety Church.


Written by Graham Cooke

August 13th, 2017 at 11:22 am

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Directions for away matches

Fancy coming along to support the Minety teams on their travels in Dorset and Wilts Divisions 1 and 3?  Not sure where the grounds are?

Use our Directions page to give you the address of each club we play and, importantly for SatNav users, the post code for each ground.

Minety’s two teams embark upon their league campaigns on Saturday 9th September with Tom Claxton’s 1st XV at Pewsey Vale while Matt Stone’s 2nd XV make the trek to Warminster.


Written by Graham Cooke

August 8th, 2017 at 12:14 pm

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Seli Meakin

Sad news – Seli Meakin, wife of Richard (Dick) Meakin, died at home on Saturday night after a fairly short (two months) illness.  Minety RFC’s sympathy goes to the girls, Jo, Linda, Carolyn and Christine.

Should anyone who knew Seli or Dick wish to write, the address is: Mrs L Meakin,  Derryside, Station Road, Minety. SN16 9QY

We’ll let you know about the funeral when the plans have been made.


Dick Meakin was one of the founding fathers of Minety RFC.  His brilliant account of the early days can be found someway down our History page.  It begins:

The history of Minety Rugby Football Club

by Richard G Meakin

Episode 1: In the Beginning

The first that I heard of starting a rugby club in Minety was when I was approached one evening in my own home by an enthusiastic group of men. They were Chris Goddard, Clive Gardiner, Rod Manners and Roger Smith. The question they put to me was, “Dick, do you think we could find enough men in Minety to form a rugby team?”




Written by Graham Cooke

August 7th, 2017 at 6:40 pm

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It’s not too late …

Ben Collins was part of the Minety group that smashed the world record for the longest continuous game of Rugby 7’s recently.  Over 24 hours, through the night, through wind and rain and all for charity, a charity which helped our great friend Rob Bugden in the aftermath of his horrendous accident.

Ben writes: “So it’s been a week since our epic 24hr game and we’re on the road to recovery if still somewhat broken…….here’s a brief snapshot of the game itself! If you’re feeling generous this morning you can still donate to this great cause:


Here is a brief film of the event, captured by our friends at Horus 7.  It’s not too late to make a contribution – please follow the link above and support that magnificent effort of our lads.




Written by Graham Cooke

August 6th, 2017 at 11:15 am

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Dates for your diary

The location for the 2018 tour has yet to be confirmed, but it will be held over the Easter weekend from Friday 30th March – Sunday 1st April 2018, which means we have the Bank Holiday Monday to recover.

The club 7’s will be held on the 12th May 2018, and as we have two great guys organising it we expect it to be the best yet, Jack Ward ably assisted by Rob Bugden. Jack is keen to make this a festival type event with Camping, Live Music, Beer Tent and hopefully even a parachute drop in by the Falcons?  Watch this space for news!

The Club Dinner is set for the 1st June 2018. Let’s look to make this the best yet too.

A “Ladies night” is still to be confirmed but we are actively searching for a location and a date, any news Ben?

The Minety RFC Golf day scheduled for next Saturday 12th August now has 26 confirmed starters.  Latecomers should book in with Duncam Simpson – see previous posts (below) for information.


Written by Graham Cooke

August 5th, 2017 at 11:02 am

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They did it!  Over 24 hours of 7 a side rugby and the PTI’s from Brize, assisted in no small way by Minety players, have broken the world record for the longest game of rugby 7s.

We’ll bring you all the details in the next few days, but this, posted by one of the Horus (PTI) team, pretty much says it all for the time being:

“Lads yesterday was unbelievable. The players from Minety that came across put everything into it. I would also like to thank all at Minety rugby club for supporting this event in the way you did. You are a great club with amazing people. Hopefully see you soon Taff”

You can still donate to the charity if you haven’t already done so.  Details can be found on a previous post.


Written by Graham Cooke

July 30th, 2017 at 2:03 pm

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Framed A4 team photographs

We’re delighted to be able to offer Minety players and their supporters a choice of two oak framed A4 full colour team photographs from the 2016-2017 season.


One on the left features the team on 10th October and includes team sponsors on each side.

The picture on the right was taken on the last day of the 2016/7 season (22nd April).

Mounted in oak frames, these photographs are free standing, although they could be hung on walls.  Each photograph (including frame) costs £12 and can be ordered through Graham Cooke (ghcooke@hotmail.com) at the club.

Click on the picture to bring up a larger version of the photograph.



Written by Graham Cooke

July 29th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Everyone at Minety RFC sends their congratulations and best wishes to Robin Greenway and Dani Peake who have just announced that they are expecting their first child in January 2018.  Robin has been a regular player at Minety for some time and Dani is the coach for the under 9’s squad.



Written by Graham Cooke

July 27th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety Golf Day

It’s the award they’ve all beeen waiting for.  Sadly Jordan Spieth was unable to fit the Minety RFC Golf Day into his busy schedule (and he’s gutted) but everyone else can enter.

The prize, created by design and engineering guru Duncan Simpson, is above and is available to anyone who takes part on Saturday 12th August, tee off at 10am at Oaksey Golf Course.

Entry costs: £20
Contact: Duncan Simpson, duncansimpson89@gmail.com or via Facebook Event

Written by Graham Cooke

July 26th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Recruitment Poster

If you want to copy this poster for use elsewhere, click on the image above to bring up a larger version and then right click and Save As.

Let’s spread the word!


Written by Graham Cooke

July 24th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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Countdown to World Record Attempt

Just 5 days to go before The World Record Attempt on the longest continuous game of Rugby 7’s – 30 hours!

Minety’s Ben Collins, Tom Claxton, Ben Langridge, Matt Cross, Garin Garland, Matt Stone and Matt Chisholm will be joing the club’s friends from the RAF PT squad (Horus) to attempt to break the world record with all funds going to great causes which helped Minety player Rob Bugden in those crucial months after his horrific parachute accident in January 2016.

If you haven’t had a chance to pledge just a small amount (or a very large one, if you like), now is your chance.  Just click the link below and follow instructions to support these lads in what will be a gruelling challenge.



Written by Graham Cooke

July 24th, 2017 at 11:59 am

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Minety RFC Golf Day 2017

Minety rugby club try their hand at golf again this year. Closest to the pin and longest drive competition, drinks prizes and more than a few laughs promised. All handicaps welcome!
When: Saturday 12th August, 10am
Where: Oaksey Golf Course
Cost: £20
Contact: Duncan Simpson, duncansimpson89@gmail.com or via Facebook Event

Written by Graham Cooke

July 22nd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety summer 7 a side competition

Tuesday 4th July saw the end of the annual summer touch rugby at Minety as senior players look forward to pre-season training. It has been an enjoyable couple of months, with many of Minety’s under 16 players testing the pace of their elders, looking to make a big impact in the upcoming season as some step up to play senior rugby. This year saw a great increase in attendance, often running 3 teams with intense competition and some fantastic tries. Notable moments were prop Colin French finding his side step; second’s captain Matthew Stone dropping the ball when swan diving and veteran fly half Adam Watts running his try from an interception past all the young flyers.

 The stand out performer and recipient of the ‘Player of the Summer’ trophy, beautifully crafted (see above) by Duncan Simpson) was Minety junior, Aden Vaughan.

Co-Organiser Duncan Simpson commented: “Young Aden is always full of energy in attack and defence, he took all coaching advice on board and played the tactics of the game very well, making a great contribution to his team. Already a smart and skilful player I look forward to seeing his development at the club.”

A special thanks to Huw Jones for organising and refereeing.


Written by Graham Cooke

July 18th, 2017 at 5:59 pm

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Star Medical

Minety RFC is delighted to announce that it will be supported by Star Medical for Sports Therapy this coming season.

Star Medical, who are based in Wootton Bassett will provide therapy cover on Tuesday nights between 7.30pm and 9pm in the club house and on all match days.

Star Medical’s Director is HOLLIE BAILEY, MSc BSc (Hons) PGCHE FPoS CKPT MSST

Hollie Bailey was the founder of Back 2 Sport Sports Therapy, now re-branded to STAR MEDICAL. She completed her BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy in 2008 at London Metropolitan University and has also completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at University of Nottingham in 2014.

Hollie has many years of experience, working with a variety of sports including rugby, ice hockey, football, ultimate frisbee and endurance events. Hollie has worked for GB junior Ultimate Frisbee for the past four years attending European and World Championships. In June 2014 she was selected to be part of the medical team for a multi sport event in China.

She currently works as a full time lecturer at  Hartpury University Centre on the BSc Sports Therapy degree. She is the head of sports medicine for Dorset and Wilts County Rugby. She is a registered first aid tutor and certified Kinesio tape practitioner.

We’d like to welcome Hollie and her team to the club and look forward to a successful working relationship.

Star Medical’s website is http://www.starmedical.org/index.html and they can be contacted on 07784 558665.

Written by Graham Cooke

July 17th, 2017 at 9:41 am

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Minety players in world record charity event

Players from Minety RFC will be joining their friends from the Parachute Training School’s 7 a side team “Horus 7” as they attempt to break a world record for the longest rugby 7’s game, a game that is planned to last for 30 hours, yes 30 hours!

The attempt, which will take place at Witney Rugby Club on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July, aims not only to break a world record but also to raise money for the registered charity – Cakes for Casualties, a charity nominated by our great friend and Minety Rugby Club member, Rob Bugden.  Those who follow the club will know that Rob, who played several seasons for the club was terribly injured in a parachute accident in America 18 months ago.  Since then, Minety has supported the PTI’s and their charity work and we are delighted to be asked to help with this one.

Cakes 4 Casualties rely solely on public donations.

At the forefront is Kath Ryan, who buys ingredients, bakes, delivers and most importantly, spends precious time with the wounded and sick troops, whom she affectionately calls ‘my boys’.

Kath has also played an important role in supporting one of our own fellow Parachute Jump Instructors. Cpl Rob Bugden suffered severe spinal injuries in Jan 16 after a parachuting accident, and with the support of Kath and her marvellous cakes, provided Rob with the much-needed support on top of her regular visits.

The Cake Lady visits injured and sick soldiers in Birmingham Hospitals once a week, Headley Court (Surrey) once a month on a regular basis, though she receives requests from all over the UK…as well as invitations to partake in events and weddings.

Minety RFC hopes that everyone who reads this page, or follows the club, will support this amazing event by donating a small amount of money.

If you wish to support the lads and the charity that Rob Bugden has nominated, please, please click the link below and follow the instructions:

Many thanks!


Fundraising: Donations are accepted until 29 Aug 2017

Written by Graham Cooke

July 16th, 2017 at 9:25 am

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Pre Season training

It’s that time of year again, get your boots and your inhalers out: it’s Preseason training again!

Minety RFC’s preseason training starts tomorrow (11th July) at 7:00pm.

As always new, old and deformed faces are welcome. Let’s have a good push and show of people from the get go to really get the buzz going for this season coming, everything is in place for this to be a season to remember for all of the Minety sides.

We’ve got two great coaches for the upcoming season Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees so let’s give them a proper welcome tomorrow night and show them what we at Minety can do!


Written by Graham Cooke

July 10th, 2017 at 11:34 am

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Minety RFC Junior Section


We all appreciate the importance of the Junior section of the club. The work done by the coaches and officials over the years has been remarkable and a thriving junior section is at the heart of our rugby club.  Over the seasons we have seen more and more ex junior section players making their way through to the senior ranks, either playing 1st or 2nd team rugby at Minety or moving away from the area to new clubs.

The Junior section is actively recruiting new members for its teams.  You can help:  A full sized copy of the poster, in pdf format is available here.  If you know of someone who would benefit please either give them details of the website and how to access the document or download and print out a copy and give it to them.

Let’s build the future of this wonderful club together.

Written by Graham Cooke

July 7th, 2017 at 9:00 am

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Meet the new coaches

We are delighted to announce that Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees will be our coaches for the 2017 – 2018 season.

Andy joins us as head coach at Minety RFC this season having previously had recent spells coaching at Cricklade Rfc and Corsham Rfc. He has been coaching for 10 years and is currently working for England Rugby on the All Schools project, coaching in secondary schools in Swindon. He looks forward to working with both teams.

Hywel comes to us from playing and coaching across multiple sections over the last 14 years at Supermarine. He has  a great passion for the game and is a particular fan of open, expansive rugby and has learned his trade through working with coaches from all over the world and adopting and adapting their ideas. When asked what persuaded him to be part of the coaching set up he replied “I’ve always had a soft spot for the club having played here many times over the years so when Andy asked if I’d be interested I had to say yes. There is huge potential here with a young but very talented back line. I am really looking forward to helping them develop into a highly attacking outfit.”

We’re delighted to have both Andy and Hywel on board for the new season and will be bringing you more about our new coaches in the weeks leading up to the start of the season.

The club would like to express their thanks to Richard Hall for his work with the squad last year and also to Craig Smith for stepping into the breach in the second half of the season.


Written by Graham Cooke

July 5th, 2017 at 8:49 am

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Club Officials 2017 – 2018

The list of club officials for the forthcoming season was confirmed at the AGM held on 28th June 2017.  The Contacts page of the website has been updated, as far as my notes allowed me.  Could all officials please check the contents of the Contacts Page and send any updates / alterations to me @ ghcooke@hotmail.com as soon as possible.

Many thanks


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July 5th, 2017 at 8:44 am

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Minety AGM: Wednesday 28th June at 7.30pm

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June 27th, 2017 at 5:36 pm

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AGM – Wednesday 28th June at 7.30pm

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June 24th, 2017 at 10:43 am

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Minety RFC AGM – 28th June

The year’s Annual General Meeting of Minety Rugby Club will be held in the club house at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th June.

The AGM is a chance for members and supporters of the club to have their say, elect new club officers, and hear how the club has done this season, and what its plans are for next year and the foreseeable future.

Come and show your support and have a beer; all welcome!

Please note that only paid up members are able to vote at the AGM.

We look forward to seeing you all; please spread the word.

Many thanks.

Written by Graham Cooke

June 13th, 2017 at 11:14 am

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Fixtures for 2017 – 2018

The league fixtures for both Minety 1st XV and 2nd XV are now available on this website.  If there are any alterations to these lists we will publish details here as soon as we hear it.

Click here for the Fixture List or use the menu item on the right of this screen.


Written by Graham Cooke

June 7th, 2017 at 4:55 pm

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2017 Minety 7’s Photo Gallery

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May 24th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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MRFC Annual Presentation Dinner

Only a few places remaining for this year’s Annual Presentation Dinner on Friday 26th May at 7pm.
Down to the last few places now, please note your meal will only be booked if you confirm attendance with Andy Somers or Andy Ward. No confirmation = no meal !
Also note, if you confirm attendance and don’t show up, you will be expected to pay as a meal will have been booked.
Andy Somers
07810 546341
Email : Andy Somers at andy@greenandpurple.co.uk or Andy Ward at andy@andyjward.co.uk

Written by Graham Cooke

May 23rd, 2017 at 11:49 am

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MTV 2017 7s Tournament Final

Click below to load and watch the dramatic final of the 2017 Minety 7s Tournament.

Written by Graham Cooke

May 21st, 2017 at 1:43 pm

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Minchinhampton 2017 7s Champions

Not even the rain that fell for most of the day could dampen the spirits of players and supporters at Saturday’s Minety 7’s tournament, won, after a dramatic final by Minchinhampton, who over came the RAF Horus team in a sudden death shoot out at the end of a terrific day’s 7’s rugby.

14 teams entered this year’s tournament expertly organised by Minety’s Jack Ward.

Divided into 2 groups of 7 teams, across two pitches, matches got underway at 11am.

At the end of a fiercely contested round of qualifying matches Horus and Swindon College Old Boys emerged as the top two sides from Pool A.  Three teams tied for top spot in a dramatic Pool B.  Caveman 7s, Cirencester RFC and Minchinhampton finished with 10 points each.  Points difference scored on the pitch saw Minchinhampton and Caveman 7s tied once against with points differences of 122 each.  After a brief committee meeting it was agreed between the two teams that top spot in Pool B should be decided by a toss of a coin.  Minchinhampton won and moved into the main Cup final against Pool A winners Horus, leaving Caveman 7s to compete with Swindon College Old Boys for the Plate.

With the rain lashing down Caveman 7s and Swindon College Old Boys could not be split after full time so a period of extra time was played with the first score deciding the outcome of the tie.  With both teams competing for every ball it looked as if extra time would be tied until Caveman 7’s broke through the Swindon line to score the decisive try.

The final was equally hard fought.  Horus and Minchinhampton threw everything into an excellent final, which, like the Plate Final, was tied at the end of full time.  It was Minchinhampton who triumphed with a try in extra time.

Qualifying Scores


Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Total
Pool A
Minety 6 2 1 3 101 131 5
St Josephs Dads 6 0 0 6 35 89 0
Cirencester College Academy 6 1 0 5 28 134 2
Horus 7 6 5 0 1 141 35 11
Swindon College Old Boys 6 5 0 1 132 35 10
Supermarine 6 3 1 2 106 89 7
Devizes Colts 6 3 1 2 141 73 7


Pool B
Dreamers 6 2 0 4 45 191 4
Caveman 7s 6 5 0 1 146 24 10
Cirencester RFC 6 5 0 1 137 49 10
Minchinhampton 6 5 0 1 157 35 10
Chippenham RFC 6 3 0 3 126 66 6
Cirencester Royal Ag. Coll. 6 0 0 6 12 112 0
Barbarians 6 1 0 5 35 175 2


Full photo gallery and film of the final to come.

Many thanks to all who took part in the Minety 7’s.  Special thanks to Jack Ward for organising the whole event.  Congratulations to Minchinhampton – we look forward to you coming back to defend your title in 2018!

Written by Graham Cooke

May 21st, 2017 at 11:44 am

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Saturday 20th May … Minety 7s

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May 20th, 2017 at 8:52 am

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1 day to go ….

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May 19th, 2017 at 12:23 pm

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5 days to go ….

Yes, just 5 more days to go to the Minety 7’s Rugby Tournament.

The photograph above shows the 2016 Minety 7’s victors, the team from the Royal Agricultural College.  To read the report of the 2016 event, click here.

Club Chairman Dave Peirce writes:

Hi all, Hope you’re well and enjoying your break? Cry for help please, volunteers needed for setting up the 7’s, and club dinner, and helping out at each event.  Please contact Andrew Somers and/or Andy Ward for the dinner and Jack Ward for the 7’s.   Contact details for these fine gentlemen can be found on the Club Contacts page – see right.  Also Andrew O’Dell for helping out with the bar at either event.

All help is much appreciated. Cheers folks

Written by Graham Cooke

May 16th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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6 days ….


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May 15th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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8 days to go … to the Minety 7’s


Saturday 20th May, starting at 11am at Minety Fields.  For contact details see below.


Written by Graham Cooke

May 12th, 2017 at 12:31 pm

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16 days to go …

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May 5th, 2017 at 9:36 am

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Minety Annual Dinner / Presentation Evening

This highspot of the club year is on 26th May.

We have returned to a3 course waitress/waiter served format this year, so a return to the old traditional style. The guest speaker is the former England prop Paul Rendall, so I’m sure they’ll be some great stories told.

Tickets are £35 each, and they are selling fast.

Please contact Andy Somers on 07810 546341 to reserve your ticket asap to avoid disappointment.

Written by Graham Cooke

May 4th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety 7’s – 20th May

Club 7’s Tournament, starts at 10am. Please make every effort to attend, and support your home team, and enjoy a day of rugby, beer, and food. All welcome. If you are, or know of someone that maybe interested in entering a team please contact Jack Ward on 07827 291929.

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May 3rd, 2017 at 10:15 am

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MTV: Highlights (?) from the 2016 Minety 7’s

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May 2nd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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20th May – Minety 7’s

Just 20 days to go to the Minety 7’s Rugby Tournament on Saturday 20th May 2017.

The Minety 7’s is always a highlight of the post season and this year looks to be no different.  We already have a number of teams signed up for the event but if anyone still wants to enter a team, then they should contact Jack Ward directly at <wardyjnr8@hotmail.com> .

Please spread the word and join us for a relaxing day of rugby, beer & burgers. Please feel free to invite friends, family and any teams you feel would be interested.

Also feel free to join us the day before to set everything up, all volunteers welcome. Contact is Jack Ward <wardyjnr8@hotmail.com>

Written by Graham Cooke

May 1st, 2017 at 11:43 am

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A Minety RFC “must have”!

Local business, Phi Jewellery have released a Minety RFC cufflink set.

They are handmade using traditional industrial methods by Minety player Duncan Simpson.

These exclusive cufflinks are available in both brass and stainless steel.



For more information please visit www.phi-jewellery.co.uk/pages/minety




Written by Graham Cooke

April 28th, 2017 at 11:17 am

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