Ampthill RUFC

Ampthill Rugby Club is an English rugby union team based in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. The club runs six senior teams and the full range of junior sides.[2] As of the 2019-20 season, the first XV will play in the RFU Championship, the second tier of the English rugby union system.

Ampthill
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Full nameAmpthill Rugby Club
UnionEast Midlands RFU
Founded1881; 139 years ago (1881)[1]
Ground(s)Dillingham Park (Capacity: 3,000)
Director of RugbyMark Lavery
Coach(es)Paul Turner
Captain(s)Aleki Lutui
League(s)RFU Championship
2019–205th
Team kit
Official website
www.ampthillrufc.com

HistoryEdit

In 2013–14, the team finished second but lost the promotion play-off to Darlington Mowden Park of the National League 2 North.[3] In 2014–15, they again finished second having been transferred to National League 2 North. They beat Bishop's Stortford, the National League 2 South runner-up in the promotion play-off at Dillingham Park, 19–10.[4]

For the 2015–16 season Ampthill have agreed a player development programme with Saracens, allowing young players contracted to Saracens to play for Ampthill. Saracens academy manager Don Barell commented: “Saracens are looking forward to having our young players at Ampthill. Ralph Adams-Hale and Billy Walker will benefit from the loan and it will allow the young players to gain the valuable rugby experience that Ampthill can offer. It is a club with good ambition and we are looking forward to seeing them compete in National 1 next season”. Ironically, Saracens senior players will also benefit from the experience that playing at Ampthill can offer in 2020-21, following their relegation from the Premiership for wage cap infringements.[5]

Club honoursEdit

Ampthill were initially National League 3 Midlands champions in 2009–10 but were stripped of the title due to breaches of league rules.[8]

Current standingsEdit

2020–21 RFU Championship Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Tries for Tries against Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Ampthill 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Bedford Blues 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Cornish Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Coventry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Doncaster Knights 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Ealing Trailfinders 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Hartpury University 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Jersey Reds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 London Scottish 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Nottingham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Richmond 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Saracens 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Pink background is the relegation place.
Source: "Greene King IPA Championship". England Rugby.

Current squadEdit

The Ampthill squad for the 2020-21 season is:[9]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Charlie Fleckney Hooker   England
Aleki Lutui Hooker   Tonga
Ollie Walicker Hooker   England
Dave Ward Hooker   England
Matt Collins Prop   England
Chris Muncaster Prop   England
Ben Wilkinson Prop   England
Carl Burgess Lock   England
Billy Johnson Lock   England
Lewis Sharp Lock   England
Josh Walker Lock   England
Will Allman Back row   England
Joe Bercis Back row   England
Syd Blackmore Hooker   Wales
Jac Arthur Back row   Wales
Sam Hudson Back row   England
Player Position Union
Kevin Barrett Scrum-half   England
Gavin Williams Scrum-half   Wales
Darryl Veenendaal Scrum-half   England
Louis Grimoldby Fly-half   England
Josh Sharp Fly-half   England
Mike Waters Fly-half   England
Liam Everitt Centre   England
Sam Hanks Centre   England
Michael Lavery Centre   England
Kyle McSwiggan Centre   England
Mickey Wilson Centre   England
Kwaku Asiedu Wing   England
Sam Baker Wing   England
Shay Howes Wing   England
Spencer Sutherland Wing   England
Sol Tovy Wing   England
Will Foster Fullback   England
Bailey Thomas Fullback   England

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