Worthing Rugby Football Club
|Full name||Worthing Rugby Football Club|
|Location||Angmering, West Sussex, England|
|Ground(s)||Roundstone Lane (Capacity: 1,500 (100 seats))|
|Coach(es)||Ian Davies Jody Levett Ben Coulson|
|League(s)||National League 2 South|
Worthing Rugby Football Club is an English rugby union team playing in the fourth tier of the English rugby union league system; National League 2 South. The first XV, nicknamed The Raiders, were runners-up to Henley Hawks in the National League 2 South 2012–13 season and qualified for a play-off against the runners-up of National League 2 North, Stourbridge winning 28 – 26. In doing so, the club became the first club from Sussex to play in the third tier of English rugby. The club also has a number of other teams, and while their 2nd XV is non-league, their 3rd XV currently plays in the Sussex Spitfire 1 league. Worthing also have a successful Ladies 1st XV who are currently in 2nd place in the National Challenge South East South 2 league
A group of local sportsmen meeting at York House formed the club on the 10 September 1920. They had no ground or equipment, and initially borrowed a field from a local farmer off Wallace Avenue in West Worthing before moving to the Rotary Ground at Broadwater. In the 1924–25 season the club moved to Rugby Road in West Worthing. The Rugby Road ground was the club's home until 1927, when a 6-acre (24,000 m2) site was purchased in Castle Road, West Tarring. The club moved to its current location at Roundstone Lane in Angmering in 1977 and the ground is now designated a Centre of Excellence for rugby in Sussex. The ground is approximately 5.5 miles (8.9 km) west of the centre of Worthing. Worthing has a proud history of mini and junior rugby, having been the first club in England to offer mini rugby and having held the first mini rugby festival in England which attracted hundreds of teams in the early 90s.
- London Division 3 East champions: 2001–02
- London Division 2 South champions: 2002–03
- London 1 v South West 1 promotion play-off winner: 2007–08
- National League 2 (north v south) promotion play-off winner: 2012–13
Worthing Senior I:
Worthing Senior II:
- Sussex Late Red 3 West champions: 2012–13
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|Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 28 April 2018
Source: "National League 2 South". NCA Rugby.
The original club colours were green and white stripes, which were also sported by Old Guilfordians RFC. The choice of the present royal blue with chocolate and gold hoops was made in 1927. The scheme is an amalgamation of the colours of Dulwich College, Mill Hill School and Cranleigh School where many of the team members had been to school.
In July 2011, former Ireland international Kieron Dawson was appointed head coach of Worthing Rugby Football Club, succeeding Will Green. Charlie McGowan previously made an appearance for the Barbarians against the Combined Services at Plymouth in the annual Remembrance Match in November 2013. He has also been selected for the England Counties squad for their match against Scotland Club XV at Fylde’s Woodlands Memorial Ground on 27 February 2015. Matt Miles (ex Raiders captain) had previously played for Northampton Saints and Ulster before joining Worthing RFC. For the 2016 season, former Worthing RFC 1XV Coach and former Director of Rugby at Cornish Pirates Ian Davies rejoined the Raiders as Director of Rugby with former Raiders wing Ben Coulson and former Raiders Captain Jody Levett on the coaching staff.
Notable former players
- Joe Launchbury
- Joe Marler
- Martyn Elms -England U16s
- Semisi Taulava
- James Chisolm – England U20s
- Piers O'Connor – England U20s
- Harry Sloan – England U20s
- Amy Wilson-Hardy – Team GB Olympics Women's 7s 2016, England Women's 15s & 7s
- "Championship Rugby on The South Coast". Rolling Maul. 4 March 2013.
- "Results - SSE National League 2S". The Rugby Paper. 12 May 2013. p. 32.
- "National League 2 South". Rugby Football Union.
- "RFU National Leagues (levels 1-4)". Sussex Rugby Football Union.
- Legg, Mike (13 September 2013). "Worthing Raiders Fired Up For Historic Home Clash". The Argus. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
- "Sussex Spitfire 1". Rugby Football Union.
- "Worthing RFC official website". Worthing Borough Council. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
- Elleray, D. Robert (1998). A Millennium Encyclopaedia of Worthing History. Worthing: Optimus Books. ISBN 0-9533132-0-4
- "Raiders Get Underway for 2011/12". Retrieved 20 July 2011.