Oxford Harlequins Rugby Football Club

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Oxford Harlequins
Oxford Harlequins logo 2014-02-15 22-32.jpg
Full nameOxford Harlequins Rugby Football Club
UnionOxfordshire RFU
Founded1996; 23 years ago (1996)
LocationNorth Hinksey, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Ground(s)Marston Ferry Road
ChairmanNeil Hopper
Coach(es)Andy Boyle
Captain(s)Allan Purchase
League(s)South West 1 East
2018-1910th
Official website
www.oxfordharlequins.co.uk

Oxford Harlequins Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club based in Oxford. In the 2013–14 season they gained promotion into the National League 3 South West which is level five of the English rugby union system although they are currently in South West 1 East. They are coached by Andy Boyle.[1]

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1996 following the merger of Oxford Marathons and Oxford Old Boys rugby clubs.[2] Oxford Harlequins are now the leading club in the City of Oxford taking over from Oxford R.F.C. who now play in the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Championship.[3]

Current situation[edit]

In 2015 a possible merger between Oxford RFC and Oxford Harlequins failed to materialise and the Harlequins moved their matches to Marston Ferry Road.[4]

In 2018 Oxford Harlequins moved from Marston Ferry Road to Horspath Sports Ground following the grant of a 30-year lease on the ground from Oxford City Council and the decision by the RFU to invest over £750,000 to build a new floodlit artificial turf rugby pitch at the new site.[5]

The 1st XV currently plays in the South West Division.[6] Training is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and matches are played on Saturdays throughout the season.

The 2nd XV ended the 2018 season top of BBO 3.[7]

The club runs an Under 16 to Under 18 Academy sponsored by Jack Barclay Bentley and run by Head Coach and former Premiership Player, Alan Awcock [8]

Oxford Harlequins runs a large Mini and Junior Youth section for boys and girls aged 5 to 18, as of 2018 the youth section was one of the largest in Oxfordshire with over 450 players [9]

Honours[edit]

1st team:

2nd team:

4th team:

Notes;

  1. ^ Oxford Harlequins have 9 cup wins if you count the 3 titles won by Oxford Old Boys (who would merge with Oxford Marathons to form the Harlequins in 1996).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oxford Harlequins profile". Pitchero.com.
  2. ^ "Rugby Union in Oxford". Oxford Mail.
  3. ^ "Oxford Harlequins history". Oxford Harlequins.co.uk.
  4. ^ "RUGBY: Harlequins and Oxford to go their separate ways". Oxford Mail.
  5. ^ http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/16168289.RUGBY_UNION__Oxford_Harlequins_to_bid_farewell_to_Marston_Ferry_Road_ahead_of_Horspath_switch/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Fixtures and League Tables". England Rugby.
  7. ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/teams/oxford-harlequins-ii/south-west-division/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ https://www.jackbarclayrugby.academy/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ http://www.oxfordharlequins.club/j/default.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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