Tunbridge Wells RFC

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Tunbridge Wells RFC
Tunbridge Wells RFC logo.png
Full name Tunbridge Wells Rugby Football Club
Union Kent RFU
Nickname(s) Wells
Founded 1931; 86 years ago (1931) (as Old Skinners)
Location Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Ground(s) St Marks Recreation Ground (Capacity: 3,000 [1])
Chairman Laurence Taylor
President Roger Clarke
Coach(es) Matthew Cook, Mike Whatman, Charlie Harding, Richard Larkham.
Captain(s) Lee Campion
League(s) London & South East Premier
2016–17 Promoted from London 1 South (champions)
Official website

Tunbridge Wells RFC is an English Rugby union club that plays in London & South East Premier from Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.


Tunbridge Wells RFC was officially formed as Old Skinners RFC in 1931 as a rugby union club for former pupils of The Skinners' School. In 1970, membership of the club became open to non-Skinners pupils with Old Skinners being renamed as Tunbridge Wells RFC in 1973.[2] Despite becoming an open club, Tunbridge Wells retain their links with The Skinners' School, specifically by not selecting Skinners pupils who represent Skinners while they are competing in the Daily Mail Cup to assist them.[3] In 1985, Tunbridge Wells had a new clubhouse constructed, which was opened by Princess Anne.[2]

Since the creation of league rugby in 1987, Tunbridge Wells played mainly in London 1 South where they also played league matches against future RFU Championship side, Jersey[4] and regularly attempted to enter National League 3 London & SE.[5] In 2011, Tunbridge Wells were relegated to London 2 South East.[6] The following season they were relegated again to London 3 South East.[7] The club managed to reverse the trend and win promotion back to the London 2 South East league after finishing in the runner up position in the London 3 South East league in the 2012–13 season.[8]

They also compete in Kent cup competitions.[9]

In addition to the 1st XV the club regularly fields three other adult sides (2nd, 3rd and 4th XVs) competing in various Kent RFU league competitions. In the 2012–13 season the 2nd XV won the Invicta 1 league.[10]

In 2012, Tunbridge Wells set up a scheme where players from their youth teams would act as ambassadors to local schools for the club to assist with coaching and participation in rugby. This innovative plan was praised by the Rugby Football Union as "a great idea" as a number of other rugby clubs also set up similar schemes following on from Tunbridge Wells'.[11] Tunbridge Wells are also affiliated to English Premiership team, Harlequins.[12]

The 1st XV went unbeaten in the 2015/16 season winning the London 2 South East league title [13] and the RFU Intermediate Cup [14]


Notable players[edit]

Robert Greig Norway National Rugby Union Team

Mark Davey - Malta National Team


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  3. ^ "Skinners’ cup run proves benefits of senior links". Your Tunbridge Wells. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Tunbridge no match for Jersey". BBC. 2007-11-10. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Thor starts thunder to hammer TJ rivals". This is Kent. 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  6. ^ "Wells are ready to flourish". This is Kent. 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  7. ^ "Lewes pull out all the stops in season finale to beat Tunbridge Wells 48–27 in London 2 South East". Lewes: Sussex Express. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  8. ^ http://www.rfulondon.com/
  9. ^ "Wanderers out to end trophy drought in Plate final". Eastern Daily Press. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  10. ^ http://www.kent-rugby.org/5_invicta_tables.html
  11. ^ "Tunbridge Wells spread rugby word with school ambassadors". RFU. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  12. ^ "Quins support Tunbridge Wells RFC Primary School Tag Rugby Festival". Harlequins. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  13. ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/london-se-division/2015-2016/group/19824
  14. ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/rfu-intermediate-cup/
  15. ^ "Finals day at Twickenham". The RUGBYPaper (399). Rugby Paper Ltd. 8 May 2016. p. 35. 
  16. ^ "Bill Hayward PhD" (PDF) (Press release). Albuquerque Aardvarks. 2011. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  17. ^ "My Sport: Martin Corry". The Telegraph. 2006-08-29. Retrieved 2013-03-01.