Guernsey RFC

Guernsey Rugby Football Club is an amateur[1][2] rugby union team who play at Footes Lane in St Peter Port on the Channel Island of Guernsey. The club was formed in 1928.[3] Tthe club runs two senior teams, a veterans side and a colts side.[4] Their first XV, the Guernsey Raiders[5] currently play in level 4 (National League 2 South) following their promotion from London & South East Premier at the end of the 2019–20 season. The Guernsey Raiders Ladies team plays in Level 4, Women's National Challenge South East South 1.

Guernsey
Guernsey RFC logo.png
Full nameGuernsey Rugby Football Club
UnionHampshire RFU
Nickname(s)Raiders
Founded1928; 94 years ago (1928)
LocationSaint Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Ground(s)Footes Lane (Capacity: 5,000 (720 seated))
ChairmanAndrea Harris
PresidentAdy Le Page
Coach(es)Jordan Reynolds
Captain(s)Lewis Hillier
League(s)National League 2 South
2021–2210th
Team kit
Official website
www.pitchero.com/clubs/guernseyrfc/

HistoryEdit

Guernsey RFC were founded in 1928 and started playing in English leagues in 1987.[6] As a result of the high transport costs, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) funds the opposition team's travel when they play away at Guernsey as well as funding Guernsey's travel to England for league matches. Until 2010, the Hampshire Rugby Football Union also granted additional funding to help with the transport costs.[7]

In 2011, Guernsey had a new clubhouse constructed which was visited by The Princess Royal during her visit to Guernsey in November.[8] In 2012, after being promoted from London 1 South, Guernsey became the only fully amateur team in National League 3 London & SE.[9] Guernsey host annual "ladies days" during their season.[10]

Siam CupEdit

Guernsey annually play Jersey Reds in the inter-insular Siam Cup, the second oldest rugby honour contested after the Calcutta Cup. The host venue alternates yearly between Footes Lane and Jersey's St. Peter. The Siam Cup match is viewed as a season finale by the two clubs as the match is played after the regular league season has finished.[11] In 2010, a Guernsey player was found guilty of assaulting two Jersey players after a Siam Cup game.[12] Since Jersey began employing professional players they have dominated the inter island game. From 2016 in an attempt to even up the game only professional players who had been in Jersey for three years will be eligible for the annual match.[13]

Guernsey Ladies Rugby teamEdit

In 2012, Guernsey's women's team applied to join the English leagues. However the Rugby Football Union rejected their application on logistical grounds and also because the RFU Council had previously passed a moratorium to not admit to the English leagues, any further teams from offshore.[14]

In 2014–15 the decision was overcome and Guernsey Ladies (GLR) joined the Women's National Challenge South East South 2 league, which they won, earning promotion to Women's National Challenge South East South 1 for the 2015–16 season. In 2016-17 the Women again won the top position in their league becoming champions after winning 12 of the 14 season's matches.[15]


Men's seasonsEdit

Leagues re-branded, with London 3 South West renamed London 2 South West

Men's current season results


Women's seasonsEdit

Ladies current seasons results

Current standingsEdit

2021–22 National League 2 South Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points Points deducted
1 Esher 30 25 1 4 1115 617 498 23 2 122
2 Redruth 30 24 1 5 973 489 484 19 2 119
3 Clifton 30 22 1 7 1181 677 504 22 4 116
4 Worthing Raiders 30 20 1 9 886 648 238 21 6 110
5 Leicester Lions 30 21 0 9 872 583 289 18 5 107
6 Bury St Edmunds 30 16 2 12 897 744 153 14 6 88
7 Dings Crusaders 30 15 1 14 847 812 35 19 6 87
8 Henley Hawks 30 15 3 12 765 729 36 14 4 84
9 Old Albanian 30 14 0 16 876 791 85 17 9 77 −5
10 Guernsey Raiders 29 13 1 15 731 851 −120 14 4 72
11 Barnes 30 11 5 14 740 724 16 12 5 71
12 Canterbury 29 10 2 17 628 707 −79 11 5 60
13 Hinckley 29 9 0 20 700 849 −149 12 9 57
14 Rochford Hundred 29 7 0 22 530 948 −418 8 7 43
15 Westcliff 30 3 0 27 401 1365 −964 5 2 19
16 Barnstaple 30 4 0 26 427 1035 −608 0 2 18
  • 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 there are no relegation places this season.
Updated: 1 June 2022
Source: National League 2 South RFU [16]


HonoursEdit

Men'sEdit

Women'sEdit

  • Level 5 Women's National Challenge South East South 2 champions: 2014–15, promoted to level 4
  • Level 4 Women's National Challenge South East South 1 champions: 2016–17, promoted to level 3

Notable playersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Guernsey worried by Jersey pros". BBC Sport. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Guernsey RFC coach Jordan Reynolds seeks further progress". BBC Sport. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  3. ^ Club website history page
  4. ^ Club website
  5. ^ "Guernsey RFC first team rebrand as the Raiders". Guernsey Press. 25 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Preview to Guernsey (a) 05.05.12". Jersey RFC. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  7. ^ Offshore Travel Fund (PDF). Hampshire RFU. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Guernsey graced by Royalty - Guernsey News from ITV Channel Television". Channel Television. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Guernsey boss Jordan Reynolds has National Three confidence". BBC Sport. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Back by popular demand Guernsey RFC to hold another Ladies Day". Isle News. 24 September 2012. Archived from the original on 7 February 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Jersey won't fall into Siam Cup trap". This is Jersey. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Guernsey rugby player avoids prison after assault". BBC News. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  13. ^ "Siam Cup 2016: Only eight Jersey professionals will play against Guernsey". BBC. 16 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Guernsey women's rugby team barred from English league". BBC Sport. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Guernsey Ladies prove that they are 'Simply the Best'". Guernsey Press. 20 March 2017.
  16. ^ "National League 2 South". England Rugby.
  17. ^ a b "Statistics".
  18. ^ "Reynolds' half-time blast does the trick". Guernsey Press. 30 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Jones earns his stripes as he turns out for Tigers". This is Guernsey. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2013.

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